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here i go. after 10 years of barn storage i am resurrecting my $1000 1981 gl1100. i left it with a friend when i went to Honduras for a year and then bought a 1983 550 maxim when i got back. finally i pulled it out of barn a couple of weeks ago and amtrying to get it going. tried to turn it over. it was frozen. i have it torn down to pistons. i have a stuck exhaust valve. heads are off but valves are not out yet. that's next. ordered head gaskets ( ouch!) i am trying to do as much as possible on my own. although i can wrench pretty well this is one of the more ambitiuos projects i have undertaken. i must keep it as inexpensive as possible as i am a "stay at home dad" ( nice work if you can get it) and my wife got laidoff about a month ago.

so far so good. i will try to fashion a vavle spring compressor with a big c clamp this afternoon and see what i might need to do with valves. wish me luck.

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Hello from Washington state.:waving:

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I too just got a 1981 Gl1100I, love it

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First things first (timing belts) you'll need to change them there about $30 for the pair at napa.
 

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got those vavles out with a c clamp and pipe wrench ( the pipe wrench pushing down on the vavlestem and the open part of the wrench allowing access to the keepers.). worked pretty well. my friend gave me some primo lapping compound and i will lap them in soon. he also has and vavle spring compressor ( a real one ). that will make putting the vavles back in the head easier although i probably could do it with my c clamp gizmo.



now a need to find some different shocks. at least a left rear air shock. it leaked out all the oil. the right one seems okay. any ideas about where i could find one cheap.

i,ve been watching on ebay. that's seems a good bet on my limited budget.



maybe someone out there knows has or knows someone that has a left shock they do not need?



little by little. the chrome is polishing good. i haven't had any trouble with frozen nuts yet either which has kind of surprised me. other old bikes i worked on always sent me a curve or two that way. i guess honda just made those bikes well.



that's all for now. thanks everyone who posted greetings to me. i appreciate that. soon i'll get some pics up.. thnaks, david
 

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For help on parts post in the for sale\wanted section of the forum. For tech help post in the technical section. You'll get better and more responses that way. Welcome to the family.
 

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i've been fussing. i want to make my resurrectrd gl1100look showroom fresh. i thought about trying to polish the aluminum to newness but everything post i have found on the internet indicates this is an arduous task. finally resolved to do a reasonable job a cleaning ( as opposedto polishing ) the aluminum parts ( ie. fork tubes, engine covers ), polish the chrome, do the mechanics and enjoying the people i ride with. after all, it is the people that are the most important. the machine is just a thing.







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1983 yamaha bt 200



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