'82 GL1100 Custom Cruiser Build

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'82 GL1100 Custom Cruiser Build

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started with this 500.00 parts bike. Not running, but turned over freely and the owner said it ran before he sat it in the barn.
started with this 500.00 parts bike. Not running, but turned over freely and the owner said it ran before he sat it in the barn.
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first project.....re-build the carbs!
first project.....re-build the carbs!
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lots of caked dust in there, if it ran, it ran rrrrough :-)
lots of caked dust in there, if it ran, it ran rrrrough :-)
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Welcome from Wisconsin. Yep, these bikes don't like sitting! I've gone through getting three back on the road. Have fun! (Oh, and change the timing belts!)
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Current Rides:
'Grumpy' - '81 Standard, now fully dressed.
'Layla' - '81 Standard w/dealer installed fairing and Hondaline bags.
'Scarlett' '76 'Survivor' nekkid as a j-bird!

Under Construction:
The 'Jalopy' '78-'79 Mash-up
'Quikie' '81 gl1100I back on the lift, project with the step-son!

In The Shed:
'81 gl1100I barn find aka "Josie, the farmer's daughter." (almost comatose build)
'77 gl1000, roller parts bike.
'82 gl1100I, 'Old Crusty' titled roller parts bike (free!)
'82 gl1100I, My first 'Wing, and an expensive lesson!
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Re: '82 GL1100 Custom Cruiser Build

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Got the new ones in the box already!!
I did get it running before I broke it down... If I have good compression, aside from timing belts, fluids, plugs etc..., is there anything else I should do while I have the motor on the bench?
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Depends on how much you want to invest and how long you plan to keep it. Some would refresh the head gaskets, clutch, etc etc while it is out. Others would just do all the external rubber bits that cause leaks down the road. Any yet others would clean and paint and stab it back in.

Me personally on any bike I plan to keep I would do head gaskets (including valve stem seals), Shifter seal, Tach seal, Clean the oil strainer, timing belts, Rad hoses, ad probably a few other things I am forgetting just now
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I always suggest checking the water pump, especially if the bike has been sitting for a long time. There's a pretty good write up in ShopTalk...
"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious." - Albert Einstein

"He that is good with a hammer tends to think everything is a nail" - Abraham Maslow

"If you can't take the time to do it right the first time, how are you ever going to find the time to do it over?" -Unknown

Current Rides:
'Grumpy' - '81 Standard, now fully dressed.
'Layla' - '81 Standard w/dealer installed fairing and Hondaline bags.
'Scarlett' '76 'Survivor' nekkid as a j-bird!

Under Construction:
The 'Jalopy' '78-'79 Mash-up
'Quikie' '81 gl1100I back on the lift, project with the step-son!

In The Shed:
'81 gl1100I barn find aka "Josie, the farmer's daughter." (almost comatose build)
'77 gl1000, roller parts bike.
'82 gl1100I, 'Old Crusty' titled roller parts bike (free!)
'82 gl1100I, My first 'Wing, and an expensive lesson!
New2U Bike? Read Me.
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Thanks for the info guys... Not sure if I'll change out everything, but at least now I know what to inspect and then decide if/when to do the work...
I'm hoping to keep this bike and take some long rides. I started out thinking just a cool bobber, but decided to make it into a bike I could keep and do my long weekends on... So I'm adding forward controls, bags and a windscreen. Been without a bike for 5 years and its killing my soul LOL...
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basic frame mods
basic frame mods
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seat and tanks
seat and tanks
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This was hard to make!! Almost gave up on it!
This was hard to make!! Almost gave up on it!
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you made it! anim-cheers1
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1986 Yamaha FJ1200
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Very nice!
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"He that is good with a hammer tends to think everything is a nail" - Abraham Maslow

"If you can't take the time to do it right the first time, how are you ever going to find the time to do it over?" -Unknown

Current Rides:
'Grumpy' - '81 Standard, now fully dressed.
'Layla' - '81 Standard w/dealer installed fairing and Hondaline bags.
'Scarlett' '76 'Survivor' nekkid as a j-bird!

Under Construction:
The 'Jalopy' '78-'79 Mash-up
'Quikie' '81 gl1100I back on the lift, project with the step-son!

In The Shed:
'81 gl1100I barn find aka "Josie, the farmer's daughter." (almost comatose build)
'77 gl1000, roller parts bike.
'82 gl1100I, 'Old Crusty' titled roller parts bike (free!)
'82 gl1100I, My first 'Wing, and an expensive lesson!
New2U Bike? Read Me.
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Track T 2411 wrote: Sun May 23, 2021 4:28 pm Very nice!
Thx!!
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5speed wrote: Sun May 23, 2021 3:04 pm you made it! anim-cheers1
welcome to our corner of the interweb.
Thank You!!
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Almost ready to break her down for final welding and finishing!
Almost ready to break her down for final welding and finishing!
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You are moving right along! Looks like some serious fab skills action1 action1 action1 action1 action1
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"The book is wrong, this whole Conclusion is Fallacious" River Tam
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2008 GL1800 IIIA "TH3DOG"
1984 GL1200 Standard
1975/6/7/8/9 Arthur Fulmer Dressed Road bike
1975 Naked Noisy and Nasty in town bike

Psst. oh and by the way CHANGE YOUR BELTS!!!!
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Well I don't know 'bout that... I battled that rear fender for 2 days hahaha.
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Interesting build, will be a cool bike when you are all done. Some serious mods for sure.
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