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    im pretty useless when it comes to using the search function. does anyone have a link for the engine removal for the gl500? i would just start pulling stuff off cause i like to do it that way but something step by step would be nice.
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    started the teardown rebuild 12/28/10

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    Quote Originally Posted by kei9th View Post
    im pretty useless when it comes to using the search function. does anyone have a link for the engine removal for the gl500? i would just start pulling stuff off cause i like to do it that way but something step by step would be nice.
    hi kieth,im going to bed,its late here,you will get loads of info to night.

    ill check in to morrow.

    just curious....why are you pulling the engine?
    1981 GL500 , UK MODEL,needing a bit of tender loving care

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    im pulling the motor mostly for fun and so i can learn how to do it. also i want to strip and paint the entire bike and motor so the best way is gonna be to pull the engine. the bike has been sitting for 4 years so im going to replace all the seals and stuff also. i did the carbs and know that the motor runs fine but i like to take things apart.
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    started the teardown rebuild 12/28/10

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    Quote Originally Posted by kei9th View Post
    im pulling the motor mostly for fun and so i can learn how to do it. also i want to strip and paint the entire bike and motor so the best way is gonna be to pull the engine. the bike has been sitting for 4 years so im going to replace all the seals and stuff also. i did the carbs and know that the motor runs fine but i like to take things apart.


    sweet,i love it,your like me kieth....rest assured someone will be here 24/7 if you need a hand
    1981 GL500 , UK MODEL,needing a bit of tender loving care

    1982 GL500 , UK MODEL,my daily ride.



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    Hi

    There used to be a drop io site link but we now use Facebook or something. The link had nearly every factory tech PDF you could want. Try the general section and click one the stickies. Forget the thread name sorry.
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    Tank off

    Seat off

    Pegs off (requires 8mm allen wrench)

    Rear brake pedal off

    Exhaust off

    Drain oil

    Drain and remove radiator

    Unhook the carbs from engine (can leave them hanging from the air box tubes)

    Unhook the wiring (mine had 4 wires to unhook)

    5 Bolts to take out and the engine drops nicely onto a milk crate



    As you see in the pic you want to put a board under the front wheel to raise the bike enough to slide the engine under the frame and out....also I had a 2x4 under the FRONT of the milk crate just so the engine doesn't have to drop very far down to the milk crate from the frame once you have the bolts out.



    You want to remove the rear mount bolts first and kind of let the engine hang from the front ones then remove the front ones and the engine finishes dropping onto the milk crate.



    If you have crash bars, putting them back on after you drop the engine makes moving and/or lifting the engine a lot easier.



    The very first time I did it it took me about 1 1/2 hours....was really simple.



    Didn't need to strip the old paint off the engine....just clean it (every nook and cranny) REAL GOOD and spray paint over....I used a nylon brush to get down into all those nooks and crannies......was very pleased with my results.




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    Don't forget to unhook the driveshaft.



    Also, you can remove the exhaust as one piece, it takes a bit of frigging but saves wrecking the gaskets.
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    i would love to be able to just clean the paint and respray but im going a whole different direction with color and am going to start from scratch. it seems pretty easy to remove the motor if i just take my time. im worried mostly about the drive shaft, cause i know less than nothing about a bike with a drive shaft. if its anything like a cv axel on my car i may be a little less intimidated.
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    started the teardown rebuild 12/28/10

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    Point your browser here and download a copy of the GL500/650 factory service manual. It has detailed procedures for removing and re-installing the engine.
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    Do not be intimidated by the drive shaft. If you have changed a CV axle on a car then you can handle this drive shaft. Not a big deal at all. There is a screw thats you must take out in order for the shaft to come free form the engine. Its under the black rubber cover at the rear of the engine. Getting the boot pulled back far enough to get to the boot is the hardest part for me.
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