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1980-1983 Honda GL1100 Gold Wing Factory Service/Shop Manual

Updated on June 11, 2014

As the proud owner of a 1981 Honda GL1100 Goldwing, I have found this 1980-1983 Honda Goldwing GL1100 shop manual to be indispensable.  

I bought my Honda GL1100 Gold Wing knowing that it had issues.  I found it on Craigslist for $500.00 and it did not run.  But that was fine.  I wanted to take it from a full dresser to a custom GL1100 and I wanted the challenge. 

The guy who sold it to me told me that it needed a stator and a starter.  I should have known that those would not be the only issues I would find, but at that price, I was willing to take the risk.

The starter wasn't a hard job to do.  But after I got the bike started, it sprung an oil leak from the weep hole.  Come to find out, the water pump needed to be replaced too.  That is when I bought this 81-83 Honda Gl1100 Goldwing service manual.

When it came to replacing the stator/alternator, having this book was priceless.  To do this job you have to remove the engine.  Not an easy task, but it is do-able.

I am not a mechanic by any means, but with this book I was able to pull the engine and stator with only minor cursing and bruises.  It was a bit trickier putting it back together because it doesn't go step by step over the reinstal.

The book cost more than I expected, but it was worth the money. I must admit, it is not a exact step by step guide on everything you need to do to get the job done. It was written for Honda technicians who should have a general knowledge about working on these bikes. Not for the backyard mechanic who is going at it blind. But if you need a good gl1100 manual with some very good images, this is the book you are looking for.

Along with this book, youtube videos, GoldwingDocs.com, and a copy of Honda GL1100 Gold Wing, 1979-81 Haynes Manual to help me out. I have been able to do all that and more.

If I was able to do it, barring any issues I do not know about, you should be able to do it too.

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My 1981 GL1100 on the day I bought it.  It was purple with metal flake, and it looked like a sick disco ball.I got it home and started taking a bunch of stuff off of her.This is her now.  Her name is Infidel and she is no longer a purple disco ball.I swapped out the old tail light for a military tail light off an army truck.
My 1981 GL1100 on the day I bought it.  It was purple with metal flake, and it looked like a sick disco ball.
My 1981 GL1100 on the day I bought it. It was purple with metal flake, and it looked like a sick disco ball.
I got it home and started taking a bunch of stuff off of her.
I got it home and started taking a bunch of stuff off of her.
This is her now.  Her name is Infidel and she is no longer a purple disco ball.
This is her now. Her name is Infidel and she is no longer a purple disco ball.
I swapped out the old tail light for a military tail light off an army truck.
I swapped out the old tail light for a military tail light off an army truck.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

      4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Sleek and stylish! Nice purple color!

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