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  • Rockstar Restorations.

    I found a great deal on a bike, I couldn’t refuse. $300 79,000 miles.
    This will be my 6th Goldwing.

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    I have owned two other Injected GL1200’s
    1985 LTD.
    1986 SEI.(Currently own it too)

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    So finding another SEI, for me was a sweet deal. (I enjoy restorations)

    For a 33 year old bike, the paint is in better shape than my other SEI. (Virgin plastic-no holes drilled for chrome crap-lol)
    The only flaw is the chipped paint on the right side of the front fender. (I’ll blend it new paint from colorrite)

    What impressed me was the Decal pin striping was in mint condition, unheard of on a 33 year old bike.
    I washed the bike, and amazingly. The paint and decal color both shine. Without applying any wax!.

    The bike sat outside since 2016.(Under a carport-bike cover)
    The previous owner said he came home one day, and he hit the kill switch.(Which he never did before)
    He tried looking at a few things and just gave up. (Said he had back issues-I understand that!)
    He thought the “No Start” was a kill switch issue? (it was not)

    So I come along and see the potential of this really unique Injected Goldwing.

    I happen to have a inventory of new parts that I have acquired for my SEI, and will use them on this new addition.

    I got the bike running. Turned out to be a “Bad Fuel Pump”.
    It’s the same fuel pump as the (1985 Prelude). I know what fits this bike, because I already have one!.
    The bike sounds better than my other SEI with 49,000 on the clock.


    Before I go through the belts/brake caliper/master cyl’s rebuild(s)

    I took off the pass arm rests and what I felt was a hideous seat.(not a fan of diamond pleats)
    I put on a 1987 Aspy seat that I had in inventory.

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    I had to get the crud off the front wheel.
    400/600 Awesome Cleaner (like 409)
    Tires will be replaced (DOT expired long ago)

    Restoring the first part gets my juices flowing.

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    After the clean up.

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    Rear wheel's turn for a clean up.

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    ************************************************** *******
    You may not like the truth but that don't change it!

    When Life hands you a Curve - Lean into it!!.

    Maker of the 01-17 GL1800
    "Rocky Tree & Comfort Risers".


  • #2
    looks like a great starting point. $300 is cheap hobby money.

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    • #3
      Wow! These were such great bikes, wonder why Honda dropped the fuel injection until the 1800?

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      • #4
        Good looking bike Rocky. Congrats on the find.

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        • #5
          Looks good Rocky, we gonna see this in DV next year? You gonna darkside it?
          DS#1146 IBA#55800 50CC,BBG, BB1500 x2, SS2K, SS1Kx3 CERTIFIED ALL DS, PGR RC
          2010 Level3 Endeavor Reverse Trike BS Driveguard

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          • Rocky
            Rocky commented
            Editing a comment
            1. I never know that far out on DV?
            2. If I can find a RF BMT.?
            If there's one out there I'll find it!.

        • #6
          I'd say good luck with the restoration, but I figure luck will have no part in it. Enjoy!!
          2008 Red GW1800 -- NRA Life Member - American Legion PUFL, American Legion Riders
          USMC 21 YRS/9 MO and when dead, a dead Marine.
          US Four Corner Ride https://clayusmcret.blogspot.com/
          2014 Mid-States Ride https://mid-states.blogspot.com/
          2015 NC to UT/NV Ride https://2015nvride.blogspot.com/

          50th State ridden on 19 Aug, 2016 DS #1584

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          • #7
            Great find, wish I had time to play with stuff like that. I all ready have several (CB 1100F, SRX 250,
            XL 650V, VF 500F, TL 250, TL125) sitting in the garage but no time (or money) right now to make them ride able again. Maybe one day.

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            • #8
              The Restoration has begun. Inventorying on hand parts, and sourcing new parts I'll want replaced.(Can't be salvaged to my liking)

              Friend have kidded me about my stash of parts, saying I could build another bike just from my stash.

              "A man can never have enough parts for his collection"


              Restoration tips.

              Evapo-Rust Does work. (Soak n rinse)

              Quick Glo. Leaves a protective film on real chrome. (Says it lasts for 1 yr)


              These are Spark plug covers (Metal Chromed)

              Before n after Evapo-Rust. (first dip)

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              I only bought a QT of evapo-rust dip to see if it really worked?
              After seeing the above results, I bought a gallon ($26)

              To submerge the parts for a thorough cleaning.

              Once the rust was removed.
              I clear coated the backs.
              Silver Hi Heat ceramic eng paint was used to double protect the backs from further corrosion.


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              Clear coated Fuel pump cover

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              Ceramic Silver.

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              I deemed the Engine guards un-usable.

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              The pair I had in inventory cleaned up rather nicely (The Quick Glo worked its magic)

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              ************************************************** *******
              You may not like the truth but that don't change it!

              When Life hands you a Curve - Lean into it!!.

              Maker of the 01-17 GL1800
              "Rocky Tree & Comfort Risers".

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              • #9
                Been busy cleaning up a few parts.

                Manifolds before & after. (Clear coated for protection)

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                Injection cover & Pulse gen covers,
                Polished and clear coated.

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                Have these all cleaned up so far.

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                1st order of new Bolts to go with the cleaned up parts.

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                ************************************************** *******
                You may not like the truth but that don't change it!

                When Life hands you a Curve - Lean into it!!.

                Maker of the 01-17 GL1800
                "Rocky Tree & Comfort Risers".

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                • #10
                  Evapo Rust.

                  I mentioned the product earlier.

                  I've watched a few youtube videos examining different products.
                  If I listened to them,I wouldn't of tried it.
                  But being a rebel,I did try it.

                  Here is a good shot of what the product does,




                  if you let the product do its job for 24 hrs.

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                  Once I have the rust removed.
                  I Clear coat the part,and then apply Ceramic Heat paint.
                  to seal it from further corrosion.

                  I figure if it took 33 years to do just that amount of build up on unprotected metal.
                  Adding some ceramic paint protection,
                  should last until I'm gone.
                  ************************************************** *******
                  You may not like the truth but that don't change it!

                  When Life hands you a Curve - Lean into it!!.

                  Maker of the 01-17 GL1800
                  "Rocky Tree & Comfort Risers".

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