Fuel Filter Mounting Tips

Randakk’s High Performance Fuel Filters have many technical advantages and are super easy to install as demonstrated in this short video by by Shasta Smith – the Vintage Monkey.

More details on Randakk’s High Performance Fuel Filters here.

Rear Wheel Damper Replacements for Honda CBX, Honda DOHC-4 “F” and Honda VF Bikes

J.R. Luksik of CBX-tras has created superb NEW reproductions of Honda’s discontinued rear wheel dampers for Honda 6 Cylinder CBX, DOHC-4 “F” and VF Bikes.

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I was happy to assist with a little R&D assistance …mainly by hacking up an old wheel! 🙂

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Replacing Throttle Shaft “Felts” on Honda GL1000, GL1100, GL1200, DOHC-4, CBX, CX500, etc.

Replacing Throttle Shaft “Felts” on GL1000, GL1100, GL1200, DOHC-4, CBX, CX500, etc.

Felt Replacement

Throttle Shaft Felt Replacement  (photo courtesy Aaron Williams of Dude’s Garage)

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Reasonable Part Substitutions for Honda GL1000s

You can never go wrong with OEM Honda parts. Fit, function, and reliability are never an issue. If you have a show bike, authenticity requirements dictate that you stick with Honda parts wherever possible. Of course, if show judges are looking at things like your timing belts, then you have bigger problems!

The following chart lists reasonable substitutes that have performed well for me and many others. This information is available elsewhere, but I decided to post it here for convenience since I’m often asked. Prices are considerably less than the equivalent Honda parts.

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Honda GL1000 Coil and Spark Plug Cap Testing + Replacement Options

Coils are fabulously simple devices that work reliably and can last for decades with virtually no maintenance. I like to think of them as electricity “amplifiers.” When the breaker points open, the magnetic field produced by the primary windings collapses. Through the magic of induction, this collapse creates an energy force within the secondary windings of the coil. Since the number of windings is much greater on the secondary side, nominal battery voltage (roughly 12V) is multiplied to an incredible 8,000+ volts! This energy immediately finds a path to ground via the spark plugs…arcing helpfully in the process. Voila – we have ignition!

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Vintage Motorcycle Insurance?

Getting adequate insurance for a vintage motorcycle at a reasonable price can be a bit tricky. Here are some ideas to help get better coverage and perhaps save some money.

Hagerty Insurance

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Honda GL1000 Emulsion Tube Variations

You might consider this item: Randakk’s GL1000 Carb Rebuild Video

Emulsion tubes are perforated nozzles designed to pre-mix fuel and air for subsequent metering by the main fuel jets. Sometimes these are also called:

  • Main jet nozzles
  • Main jet holders

Emulsion Tube Variations

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Honda Float Bowl Drain Screw Placement

Honda GL1000 float bowl drain screws will be difficult to loosen for periodic maintenance if the float bowls are installed onto the wrong carbs.

There are specific left/right carb bowls plus a special bowl for carb #1 (with vacuum hose barb). The bowls will bolt up and run fine on the wrong carbs, but it will be hard to get a screwdriver blade onto the drain screws when the carbs are installed on the bike.

Carb Bowl Drain Screws

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Honda GL1000 Plenum Leak Testing Method for Air and Fuel Circuits

This Tech Tip is an abbreviated version of material I show in detail in the GL1000 Carb Rebuilding video. The pictures are mostly self-explanatory.

I like to do each of these tests twice: once before the rebuild begins to help me understand what I’m likely to find inside the carbs and again when the rebuild is nearing completion to check the work.

These tests are highly recommended. More than one customer has omitted seals or made other mistakes during a rebuild. These tests can save your bacon and help you avoid the time-consuming hassle of having to do the carb installation twice!

GL1000 Plenum Leak Testing

GL1000 Plenum AIR Circuit Testing Method

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Early vs. Late Carb Mixing and Matching / Honda GL1100 Carbs on Honda GL1000? + Honda GL1000 Carb Specs

You might consider this item: Randakk’s GL1000 Carb Rebuild Video

GL1000 Carb Interchange Issues

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Honda GL1000 Carbs Restored by Randakk Customer Jouko Tomminen of of Lahti, Finland

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