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I started fixing a 1981 GL1100 interstate and wondered if anyone has bought this gasket set off eBay and was there any problems with it.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/HONDA-GL-1100-Complete-Gasket-Kit-Goldwing-80-83-63Pc-/120755795942?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&vxp=mtr&hash=item1c1d9b37e6

This is my first wing and I waited patiently for nearly 30 years until I could afford one second-hand. I hope it was worth the wait as the old girl needs lots of love and attention.


Here she is on the day I went to see her. After getting her home I decided to call her "Christine" and yes, I crept out late at night and stood in front of her and said " Show me" but sadly it didn't work the same as it did in the movie.
 

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what gasket you need?, if you're thinking on replacing all of them i would say if it aint broke, dont fix it. if you just need specific gaskets get the oem.
 

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Thanks for the reply mate. I only need the top overhaul gasket set at this time but here in West Oz its $266.00 just for the top end. Its the first wing I have ever had anything to do with and although I think the bottom end is OK I reasoned the extra gaskets for that price wouldn't go astray. It has been a little confusing because some say only buy from Mother Honda while others say some eBay gaskets are a good buy and do a good job.
I will need quite a few other parts as well to get the old girl into riding condition so I will ask more questions as I go along
At 64 this old dog is still willing to learn new tricks.
 

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i have not used this set. but i have not heard of a japan supplier either. so to me it would be a crap shoot. note that there are no seals. just O rings and gaskets. do you know if there is a pair of cam belts in that set? kind of looks like it.
sure is a nice looker too. good luck with her too.
 

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Hi “wda-83wing”, yes she bedazzled me the moment I set eyes on her though now I have photos of her completely undressed (no its not bike porn) and looks like she was attacked by a school of marauding piranha.
I had to remove the heads because of an oil leak. At some time a PO snapped off the “7[sup]th[/sup] bolt” just below the oil return and the oil restrictors were minus the top O ring so she was leaking oil. A very helpful friend tried to remove the stud and broke an easy-out in there so I had to grind it out with a dremel tool and some small grinding stones. Now it’s a matter of fixing the bits and replacing parts that aren’t on the bike.
I made a promise to my wife 18 years ago not to ride any more because she was afraid for my safety but we came to an agreement that if I could find an old cruiser cheap and fix it up and just do local rides she would agree to it. After 42 years together we seem to come to agreements that suit us both, no wonder I love the girl.
It is hard to explain how much this bike means to me because of my circumstances but take my word for it; to me she is the best thing since sliced bread! I also agreed to use this forum to ask questions about each thing I need to fix so (as she put it) I don’t stuff it up and turn it into a bucket of nuts and bolts.
I appreciate the input from anybody and I will keep up with photos if interested.

Thanks from the walrus.
 

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At the price difference I would take the chance and even if the head gaskets fail you only need another $100 worth of OEM head gaskets as all else is new.
You're also left with all the gaskets etc to do a water pump or stator if that becomes necessary.

By the way you do know what local rides on a Goldwing mean?
It's not unusual to put on 200 to 300 miles going to the corner store for a pack of gum. It's a Goldwing thing, once in motion they refuse to stop except for fuel.:shock::ROFL::ROFL:

Also replace the timing belts while you have the heads off. It's cheap insurance as a broken belt will likely destroy the engine.
 

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I inherited a set when I got the bike like these. I have used them but I have to admit I use Mother Hondas for the heads.



Very useful for little seals and bits as you go on a head rebuild and I did both.



Only tear down if you need to, and yes do the belts.
 

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I inherited a set when I got the bike like these. I have used them but I have to admit I use Mother Hondas for the heads.



Very useful for little seals and bits as you go on a head rebuild and I did both.



Only tear down if you need to, and yes do the belts.
 

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yes on the pics and questions. heck--- even this old dog has learned new tricks here.
short goldwing ride ? whats that ??
 

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IMHO most of the gaskets sets out there will probably do the job. I can't emphasize enough that its VERY IMPORTANT to get the head checked for warpage and reinstall it EXACTLY as the manual says. If you reinstall a warped head without lubing the bolts and washers I'll bet your doomed to failure. I did everything by the book with an aftermarket set, G & K I think, and its as good as new.
 

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Thanks for the input everyone. A local ride to the shops here in Australia can be 2 or 300k wink wink. I think I will go with the set from the net just to have the extra gaskets on hand. I need to replace the tach and the front forks had rust but I stoned it off and will do a seal replacement. The "control unit" for the rear shock air warning light is missing so that needs to be soured.
The bottom front engine mount bolt is just a length of threaded rod so I would like to get the right bolt for that too. There are some cracks in the front fairing so I will need to attend to them at some time.
All this will take time and done as cheap as I can but still end up with a nice ride.
I will try not to bore everyone to death and put stuff up as I go along.

The walrus.
 

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For my own, I bought a complete gasket set for the GL1000 on David Silver's site, following the advice of a friend that run for 45K kms by now without a problem, less than 100£ including the shipping for the set and 4 new plugs.

Aftermarket sets really seems to make their way through time well, according to customers on the internet.
The only thing is you got to buy the oil seals apart, but a complete engine set cost 30$.

To wda-83wing, what you think it looks like cambelts are the front covers seals.
 
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