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Old 20-10-2009, 09:42 AM
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Default 1500 goldwing engines? anyone offer any advice

as above, one has come up for sale very close to me and Im really tempted as I want to build a trike next, this engine is reportedly complete except for the carbs and a few cam cover bolts. it has the reverse gear mechanism, the hydraulic clutch actuator, alternator, starter motor and a workshop manual

I have searched the bay of evil and not a lot out there for these, guessing not many breakers breaking them up,

so whats the odds of me getting the carbs and all the black boxes etc required to make it run?

also anything I should look for in particular on these engines?
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Old 20-10-2009, 09:52 AM
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werent the 1500 wings fuel injection?
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Old 20-10-2009, 10:14 AM
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oh bugger

well that really would chuck a king dick in the works then LOL
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Old 20-10-2009, 11:09 AM
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yup there fool injected

i'd be more worried about the missing cam cover bolts

might mean someone has been fiddling inside
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Old 20-10-2009, 03:45 PM
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any 1500 wings i've worked on have been twin carbed versions.
if you get one change the timing belts. get 2 belts for the honda acty vans. a lot cheaper than goldwing ones.
water pumps have been known to play up a tad. which can cause head gasket probs.

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Old 20-10-2009, 04:19 PM
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I've been hunting for the fuel injection electrics to go with a GL1200 engine I got for a couple of weeks now....no joy so far. Currently got a 1975 GL1000 engine in the trike which is feeling its age.

Anyone care to search through their garage????? Cash waiting.
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any 1500 wings i've worked on have been twin carbed versions.
if you get one change the timing belts. get 2 belts for the honda acty vans. a lot cheaper than goldwing ones.
water pumps have been known to play up a tad. which can cause head gasket probs.

this is a good source of info.
http://www.goldwingfacts.com/
he's right! ive just googled it, 1500's had twin carbs, one for each bank of 3 pots. 1800's were FI, and oddly, last of the 4 pot 1200's were FI too!!
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Old 21-10-2009, 10:39 AM
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yeah thanks, after browsing that goldwing site and USA ebay I have found a fair glut of info and parts

the seller now has the inlet manifolds as well, so only a pair of carbs missing, oh and about 7 black boxes,

seen a wiring diagram for one, its a right laugh, theres an ecu for the carbs, one for reverse, one for sparks, one for..... and the list goes on

Im hoping that it will be possible to by pass, get rid off a lot of the guff, and just get it down to ignition sparks etc, things like cruise control and all the electronics on the carbs are slightly alarming

just waiting for the price to be sorted now, if I can get it cheap enough then I will have a go and see what happens.

hmm wonder how hard it would be to setup 6 carbs on that lump
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quite a few guys with the 4 cylinder wings were keen on sacking the bank of carbs and installing a single twin choke carb like a webber from a car. no balancing issues and easier to live with. might be worth seeing if you can do the same with the 1500.
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the scariest thing when you expose the carbs on a 1500 is the mass of rubber pipes, it give me the willies
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yeah I have seen a few pics of that worms nest, have to admit Im rather worried about the prospect of buying this and trying to sort/source all the bits

it will be so worth it as a trike engine, but am wondering if I can afford the money for the rest of the bits

hey ho, will know by the end of the week.
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Not much to look out for on the 1500 lumps. What year is it? Wouldn't touch an 88 or 89, timing issues and teething probs. The 1990-1996's had some gear box probs with 4th gear. Not thousands and thousands of em but enough of em for it to be something to think about. 1997-2000 were the best 1500 engines with updated bits inside.

On the whole, brilliant engines, many with 2/300,000 miles plus on...shouldn't be any probs picking up carbs and once set you never have to touch em. Easy to balance, just set one against the factory set one. Hardly ever go out of balance.

I also have lurking in my garage somewhere a full loom for a 1500, would be willing to part with for coin of the realm if you get that far....
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age is one of the biggest problems I have with it, I have no idea how old it is, the seller has no idea either

read up on the roller bearing top ends on the better ones, and some of the gearbox issues, but my main concern is getting all the right black box bits for the right engine, if they are anythign like other jap engines, then the boxes changed every 3rd wednesday and wont work with the wrong ones.

found carbs in the USA about 100 delivered for a pair, CDi's are about 65 delivered, but its all the other bits that worry me, the sensors etc etc
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This site will give you the age of the engine by the engine number.

http://www.z1enterprises.com/bike-list-honda.aspx

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