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got a buddy needing some help changing the water pump out on his 81 goldwing

how much time are we looking at? do i need to get a manual for this job?

i have not done one before, and i learned a long time ago that simple jobs on other bikes can be a beast on the wing
 

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I'd allow more like 6 hours complete start to finish and a case of beer especially if it's your first time. Your talking draining and refilling oil/coolant etc. Heck, you may be scraping old gasket material for more than 2 hours. Take your time and do it once.
 

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I'd allow more like 6 hours complete start to finish and a case of beer especially if it's your first time. Your talking draining and refilling oil/coolant etc. Heck, you may be scraping old gasket material for more than 2 hours. Take your time and do it once.
Agreed, a full day the first time and keep the beer in the fridge until you're finished or you will screw up.:shock:

And make sure you have all the gaskets, o-rings and that very important oil pump seal.

As I couldn't find a gasket kit mine took me a week of evenings spent running to the dealer for more parts.
 

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I'd allow 2 hrs and 3 beers if all goes well

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don, he is doing it for a buddy, 3? how tey gonna split the 3rd?:ROFL:
 

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He probably is thinking 3 each.
 

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Took me a full 8 hours the first time, half that time seemed to be spent cleaning off 30 year old gasket material, and another hour removing the *one* bolt that snapped off level with the front cover hole.

The above said, it's not a hard job if you take your time & have all the gaskets/o-rings/gasket remover etc. on hand....

Free Tip...avoid beer until you're well into reassembly :)
 

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great advise...i love this site. i work on a lot of bikes, so the work itself wont be a problem. i just could not remember how the water pump is positioned on this thing
 

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Just the R&R won't be the time consuming issue.... it is the cleanup of surfaces and parts that will take the time... You might try to clean all the gunk/trash/gravel above the cover before you start too.. a whole day first time.. and buy the complete gasket kit, you'll be forever figuring out what you need otherwise...
 

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Took me a full 8 hours the first time, half that time seemed to be spent cleaning off 30 year old gasket material, and another hour removing the *one* bolt that snapped off level with the front cover hole.

The above said, it's not a hard job if you take your time & have all the gaskets/o-rings/gasket remover etc. on hand....

Free Tip...avoid beer until you're well into reassembly :)
+1 on cleaning
 

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Just the R&R won't be the time consuming issue.... it is the cleanup of surfaces and parts that will take the time... You might try to clean all the gunk/trash/gravel above the cover before you start too.. a whole day first time.. and buy the complete gasket kit, you'll be forever figuring out what you need otherwise...
if its your first time , yes a honda manual will be very handy to have. i am sure it will be used to answer a lot of questions . the gasket set you`ll be needing is the water pump gasket set + the seal that goes around the oil pump shaft . it does not come in the gasket set.
 

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I musta lucked out on mine, gasket came away clean. I actually popped a whole front assembly on mine with a good pump on it so my time was quicker. And actually I had no beers but woulda liked to :) but being a diabetic limits my caloric intake at non meal events :(

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I will further point out that the beer will taste especially sweet upon completion of this task...
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