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Calling All OldWing Gurus
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Posted 8/6/2017 2:20 PM (#94472)
Subject: Calling All OldWing Gurus

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Location: Michigan - Kalamazoo
A question for the GoldWing'n Sidecarists out there, particularly the 4-bangers.

I have a '82 GL1100 with a double-wide fiberglass sidecar (Auburn Gemini, a precursor to the Texas TwinStar). It seems I'm going thru head gaskets way too fast. They only last 2-3 years. I buy OEM, so I don't think it's a matter of bad quality gaskets. I'm maticulus about getting the surfaces clean and flat. And I follow Honda's service manual re cleaning and lubing the head bolt and case threads and moly paste under the bolt flange. I step-torque on install then re-torque after a few heat cycles.

Is it a matter that the added weight of the sidecar is adding extra stress to the engine and the head gaskets are the weak link that pops first? Should I just get accustom to the idea that I'll be changing head gaskets often? Maybe stop drag racing (and beating) all the sport bikes at red lights? Should I consider putting the heads back on with Velcro for easier gasket changes? :-D

Thanks in advance for your advice.
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Posted 8/6/2017 6:07 PM (#94477 - in reply to #94472)
Subject: RE: Calling All OldWing Gurus


Posts: 155
Location: Eastern WA
Have you seen this page? Maybe there is something there?
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Posted 8/6/2017 7:42 PM (#94479 - in reply to #94472)
Subject: Re: Calling All OldWing Gurus


Posts: 35
Location: Alberta Canada
I've had 3 four banger goldwings, 2-77 and 1-83. Never had any issues with head gaskets, water pump replaced on one of the 77. What it is doing is not normal. Flush and check the rad, rad cap & thermostat, also the temp switch that turns on the fan. The next time you have the heads off do a level check as they may be warped. Also be careful what antifreeze you use. The Randak is a good site for info as well as the Steve Saunders site. I vaguely recall something about wrong head gaskets, mix up in years or something similar. Those old wings were over built and being used as a tug should be fine as long as the cooling system is up to snuff.
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Posted 8/12/2017 12:38 AM (#94607 - in reply to #94472)
Subject: RE: Calling All OldWing Gurus


Posts: 39
Location: Fairport, NY
My 82 Aspencade just turned 90,000 miles and I have had it since 99. I do my own maintenance and I do use Honda coolant, oil and filter. I have had no leaks or problems. I did have a 76 that I had to replace the water pump, dripping from the weep hole which is an indicator


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