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Take it to a dealer and see if the recall has been done.
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If you look up my vin on the recall notice, it is within the range of numbers that Honda said must be repaired.

But if you look up the vin on honda's website, it says there are no recalls. I think that is because they only go back 15 years.

So the dealer says it doesn't need a recall. But the recall notice says recall needed...
 

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I think they mark the tag with the vin number on it if the recall has been done.
It should be a free check at a Honda dealer to see if it's been done.
 

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Old Recall for Frame

I think they mark the tag with the vin number on it if the recall has been done.
It should be a free check at a Honda dealer to see if it's been done.
Right. There is no mark on the tag. If you look at the welds it is obvious the recall repair was not done. But the dealer says he won't touch it.
 

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The dealer should at least check the weld's with the gauge to verify that it meets specs. Not all that fell in the range needed done. When I had my 2004, my dealer checked it and only one weld was out of spec. They did the entire job though.
He did tell me that they found quite a few that were checked and passed.

I found the recall notice and copied the list of 2003 frames that were affected.

2003 GL1800 (non-ABS)
1HFSC470*3A204861 thru 1HFSC470*3A212217
2003 GL1800A (ABS)
1HFSC474*3A201127 thru 1HFSC474*3A203256

If the dealer still refuses to at least check it, contact American Honda and let them know about your problem. They should have a database of all the ones that were inspected and/or repaired.
 

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I tried calling Honda. You just get recording after recording. I couldn't get a human to answer....
 

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The dealer should at least check the weld's with the gauge to verify that it meets specs. Not all that fell in the range needed done. When I had my 2004, my dealer checked it and only one weld was out of spec. They did the entire job though.
He did tell me that they found quite a few that were checked and passed.

I found the recall notice and copied the list of 2003 frames that were affected.

2003 GL1800 (non-ABS)
1HFSC470*3A204861 thru 1HFSC470*3A212217
2003 GL1800A (ABS)
1HFSC474*3A201127 thru 1HFSC474*3A203256

If the dealer still refuses to at least check it, contact American Honda and let them know about your problem. They should have a database of all the ones that were inspected and/or repaired.
Thanks mine is not in the spectrum so I am good to go on our 5000 mile trip and will probably make it back in one piece :smile2:
 

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So you have asked a few times nut I really think the answer is go to a Honda dealer with the VIN. The online info is not the same as what the dealer can look up.

I had a dealer check recall status on a 20 year old Valkyrie and found the date a Honda dealer in a different state reported that it was done. He also said that if I can show him that it was not done he would accomplish it at no charge. He also printed out a report of everything any Honda dealer had ever done to that bike.

Another member here, Travis.Farmer, had a recall accomplished last year on his 25 year old GL1500.

If dealer A is jerking you around, find another dealer and then send a letter to Honda about dealer A with copy to Big Brother (real letter, not an e-mail).
 

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When you call the Honda number, keep hitting the 0 during the recording and eventually you will get a live person.
I agree with Darkside, your dealer is giving you a runaround.
 

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It's not working...

Strange.I called the number before I posted this and pressed 3 for general info and the 0, was put into queue.
Tried it just now and got message that offices were closed for the day.
Just tried again without hitting 3 first, just 0 four or five times and again got the recording that the offices were closed.
Said to call back during regular business hours.

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It's my understanding that all 2003 frames had the recall work done, regardless of VIN. If you take a look at the underside of your bike, at the frame directly in front of the center stand, it will look like a welding student had to see how much welding rod they could use. If you see those welds on each side, the recall was done. Nice bike by the way, I ride it's twin.
 

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It's my understanding that all 2003 frames had the recall work done, regardless of VIN. If you take a look at the underside of your bike, at the frame directly in front of the center stand, it will look like a welding student had to see how much welding rod they could use. If you see those welds on each side, the recall was done. Nice bike by the way, I ride it's twin.
I had my 2004 welded at the dealer. Definitely NOT done by a student. Perfect rolling bead on all the welds. They were a little heavier than the factory, but very nice.
 

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I thought the same thing. But my 2003 has not been worked on; and Honda says its fine. Plus if you think about it, that makes sense. How could they possibly tear down every single 2003 bike and re-weld the frame? I think (hope) no matter what the year they checked it, and only did the welding if it was needed. If that's not true then Honda is lying to me, my bike still needs that work done, and Honda refuses to do it.
 

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My 03 has not been rewelded and only a small number were certainly not all 2003 units.
 

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Just purchased a 2003 GL18003 with 48,000 miles. I get it next week so doing some research any advice. I was riding a Kawasaki 1500 Vulcan Classic.
 

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After owning a 2001 for 16 years and 161,000 miles I side graded to a brand new 2003 with only 47k miles. While I sort of miss my red wing I am quite happy with my new black and gold ride. I actually have noticed no difference in the new bike except for color and the fact it has heated grips. Now that it's getting colder out the grips are becoming a real plus factor. The seat has to go as I nor the wife likes the Utopia backrest, I am going to install a stock seat and sell this one.

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My New ride which took us on a 6000 mile trip to the west coast and back plus another 4k on just pleasure rides this year.

 
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