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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-11-2015, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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Hello im picking up my late grandfathers 1986 Gl1200 Interstate today, its been sitting for a couple years in a garage so there should be no significant damage. As far as posting on forums im not to familiar but along the way id like to get some help re-building this bike and basically asking you guys questions. I guess my first question is what should I do upon getting my gold wing, is there any significant things i should be looking for, thanks guys i look forward to talking to you guys. EDIT: its actually a 1984 interstate, I brought it home with a dead battery and a spare part bike, both being 84' interstates i figure i could just hot swap parts and make the baddest bike i can, i allready started stripping down my goldwing i wanna make a bobber i dont know how you guys feel about chopping up goldwings but i want mine fast and light.

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Welcome to the forum from NW Oklahoma.
I am not sure on this year model wing , but we have plenty of knowledge on here that can help you out shortly.

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Welcome from the northern tier of PA. My wife is from Gaylord, MI. I am sure some 1200 owners will be along with advice for you. Changing fluids is always a good start. Good luck with the bike. Post some pictures if you get a chance.

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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-11-2015, 10:52 AM
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As has been suggested, change all the fluids including brake and clutch fluid. Clutch is Hydraulic so no adjustment other than changing fluid. Make sure the fan is kicking on. If not replace the thermal switch or add an on/off manual switch on the handle bars. Pull the timing covers and check how old the belts are. If you see even one crack replace both of them as they are very critical to the life of the engine. If one breaks it will let the valves poke holes in the pistons and destroy the engine.

Covers can be taken off without removing the radiator, but you'll have to take the lower radiator hose off and pull the bottom of the radiator out a little. Same with the thermal switch if the fan is not working. Other than correct tire pressure this should get you riding. Speaking of tires, do not ride them much if the date stamp on them is older than 7 years, no mater how much tread they've got left. Let us know how you make out.

Edited to add; if you're not familiar with how to work on a 1200 just Google what you want to know as there are thousands of tutorials and videos out there to help. Also get yourself a Clymer manual. The 1200 is a great "old" bike, but it does require some work to keep it running with the big dogs. Remember it is almost 30 years old so parts are sometimes more difficult to find, but they are out there, you just have to look a little harder. Also, don't expect your local Honda dealer to help much as they don't seem to want to work on anything older than 5 to 10 years old.

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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-11-2015, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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One of the good things about being in the military is our access to information, we are given this website where when we plug in our government IDs we can access hundreds of manuals and TMs and parts books all for free clymer included. thanks for the info il start posting more when i can

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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-11-2015, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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My girlfriend just moved to gaylord lol thank you so much

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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-11-2015, 01:55 PM
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hello captainwitz, welcome to GWOF and congrats!! change the timing belts regardless, check that the stator is working and charging the battery. by the way I'm north of you up in the motor city

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Welcome to the GWOF from Pa. There are several very good mechanical guys here with 1200's including the good Doctor himself. You will be in good hands.

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Hello and welcome to the forum.

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Welcome from Mississippi. Lots of folks here who are always ready to help with questions. Enjoy the bike.

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