there is nothing in my shop manual or owners manual telling when to replace belts but a friend i trust changes his every 80,000 miles or eight years. he said he would not go past 100,000 miles on belts. my belts on both wings are going to be changed soon
well they told you right buzzltyr. if a timing belt goes the valves will contact the piston. mine are being changed as a precaution. the guy i got my 1200 from said he didn't know if the belts had been changed and the guy i got my 1500 from only got it himself because he knew he could resale it and make some money so he doesn't know anything about the bike so belts will be changed
another friend who has a small shop is going to help and show me how to change the belts. i will flush the radiator, change the thermostat and hoses at the same time. i've been told to add the coolant slowly to keep from creating air pockets in the engine but no special vac tool. pm sent to you
The GW motor is an interference motor. So the valves will hit if the belt breaks or slips. I would not call that it would "take out the motor." If that were to happen, you would have to pull the head/s and replace the damaged valves. Chances that a piston would need to be replaced are pretty slim. I have seen MANY piston to valve "arguements" and the piston always wins! The only time I have seen pistons needing replacement is when a valve head breaks off and sticks sideways into the piston. Even if you get a good "ding" in the piston, you can debur the edges and leave it alone most times.
Hey detdrbuzzard, I am in Royal Oak. Maybe we can meet up some time?
Do a search with google... you should find them,, if not they are on many boards as this is a very commen thread.... the bottom line is if you don't know when the belts were last changed then by all means change them ASAP.
I'm planning to change my belts also, I have 93K on my 87 Aspencade.
I'm restoring this bike that I bought Jul 10 09.
The previous owner rode it to my place about 125 Km. mostly hyway So, it runs just fine,but I'm nervous about the belts.
It looks like the rad needs to come out? Also, if I don't move the cams in any way...can I just replace the belts the same way they come out?
Or will the timing need to be set anyway? Thanks for any help...
Got my bike for Fathers day from the wife...Bought it from a elderly gentleman...he clamed at 98k the belts were changed...at the dealer..... he clamed he brought it there and told them to servise it and check it out becaus he was going to sell it ....tune up,lof,new altonater, back brakes,and timing belts......well today she has 105k and I changed the oil,plugs,timing belts and added a triger wheel and there is no way the belts and plugs were done at 98k.......new bike do them it is the best insurance you could get....
I have a 1993 and the belts were never changed and as the second owner of the bike and the age the belts were changed, interesting things one was beginning to delaminate (come apart). Just like the post above says it best. Better to be safe than sorry.
I just had the belts changed on my 1997 GL1500 with 40,000. I figured they were 13 yrs old so I better change them. However, the belts they took off looked really good. Even the seals looked good.
No cracks or fraying at all.