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I've just acquired a FREE 1981 goldwing GL1100. It has unfortunately been sitting outside for 5+years but the guy rode it over to my house (backfireing all the way). I've got a couple (80',81') cb650C's and i'm extremely familiar with them (fully rebuilt the 80'), but i'm not familiar with the goldwing at all. Other than the basic stuff (ie plugs, wires, fluid changes etc) what specifics should i look for maintenance wise on an old rusty GL1100. Any help is appreciated. Best Regards.
 

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New timing belts straight away and strip and clean the carbs. Welcome to the forum. :waving:
 

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buy a clymers manuel for 81 gl1100,i just got one myself(the bike that is)and i love wish it had been free.
 

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Take a good look in the fuel tank for rust. You might need to change the fuel filter rather often if there's much of the stuff present.
 

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Put new tires on it. While you have the rear wheel off, re-lube the final drive.
 

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Put new "Napa Timing" belts in it , run a tank full of "Sea Foam" through it and drive up to 421 and 71st and pull a hole shot in the old "Frishes" parking lot , I know it's not here anymore , but the pavement is !
 

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:clapper: Welcome to the best forum. I just purchased an 83 Aspencade that sat for 2 years. It too ranpoorly. Adding to what others have said, I would suggest the following.

Timing Belts, and at the same time radiator flush, new hoses and coolant. Double check the water pump for signs of leaks. If so, replace it. Make sure you use the special Silicate free coolant.

Carb rebuilds, recommend Honda kits or be careful what you get on the Internet. I wasted $80.00 in kits that all the o rings were wrong. Honda kits were twice the cost but the parts were right. When doing carbs, there are stops for the jets. My mechanic used a grinder to them to allow more adjustment. Others may have a comment on that. Clean the gas tank before doing the carbs and install a good fuel filter.

New filters, oil, plugs, etc.

Check front fork seals and brakes front and rear. Change brake fluid.

New tires.

If the rust isn't too bad, Mothers polish and a buffer along with some hard work can get it shined up. If not, check E-bay for parts.

Lube cables, make adjustments, put your own personalize accessories on it, give it a wax job and go have fun.
 

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Thanks for all of the advise. It helps quite a bit. I've got all of the trunks, fairing, and side compartments stripped off of it (sorry guys but they're staying off) and i can already tell you that i need to do the following:

replace the clutch basket (already have one), front and rear suspension, new tires, carbs need cleaned, exhaust really needs replaced but will work for now, timing belts, the rear master cylinder is locked up and needs rebuilt (thats the one thing that i haven't done before), and probably 50 million other things that i can't tell yet.

Can someone tell me about converting the air-assist front end into just using progressive springs. Do I need any special tools to take apart the forks?? I've rebuilt my 650's but they aren't air-assist.

thanks for the quick replies. I'm sure that i'll be posting over the summer while i'm working on it.

regards

 
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