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Old 04-27-2010, 10:05 PM   #31
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Update (the short version):
The bike starts reliably, runs reliably, and holds its fluids (as it should ... there was a small radiator problem before). I have the brake calipers off and soaking to remove all the old, flaking paint, and they'll be repainted with high quality, chemical resistant gun paint.
Currently, the bike's on a stand in the garage waiting for me to finish the brakes and as soon as they're on, the fairings and all the extraneous electrical items will be returned to their rightful mountings. I'll do a detailed history when it's not late, but in the meantime a question.

I started looking at the sidecar today to begin planning the mounting. I knew it would be bad, not sure how bad until I checked all the details today. The tub is somewhat rusty; not too bad, but I'll grind it out with a wire brush and re-primer the bottom.





These shocks ... do they need to be replaced?






And the real question: Where do I find a replacement for this piston? I believe it goes from the steering fork/front axle to the tub frame.





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Old 04-28-2010, 04:54 AM   #32
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Steering damper (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=458063); maybe this one would work: http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifie....php?id=933616.

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And the real question: Where do I find a replacement for this piston? I believe it goes from the steering fork/front axle to the tub frame.





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Old 04-28-2010, 02:36 PM   #33
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Thanks coopster; looks like I need to get the ball-end re-welded onto the new damper ... can anyone vouch that this is the case?
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Old 04-29-2010, 05:27 AM   #34
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This is my first time seeing this thread and I read the whole thing. A VW steering damper is what most folks use in conjunction with a sidecar on the Goldwings.

An 83 engine is a good swap for the better gearing than the 82, top end gives it slightly better mileage than the 80-82's.

Here's probably the best Goldwing site on the net you will ever find(yes, I'm a member of it and 2 more).

http://goldwingfacts.com/forums/

On this forum you will find access to just about any manual written for a Goldwing in PDF format. I have hard copies of the factory manual and the Clymer's version plus the PDF versions on both of my desktop computers and my laptop.
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Old 04-30-2010, 07:52 PM   #35
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Thanks Bagmaster; I'll look at that site.
I also emailed the seller of that damper; we'll see what happens there.

Today I looked at mounting the sidecar, after grinding off as much of the internal rust as I could, and hitting it with a rustoleum primer. Of course the bolts I purchased from Home Depot are too short, so I'll get some more tomorrow. Is mounting any more complicated than bolting everything on? There is a strange looking mount underneath the tub that I didn't get a picture of today - I'll shoot one soon, but is there a separate mounting piece that is supposed to go there?

... and where does the spare tire mount go?? (It was in the trunk, unattached when I got the bike...)
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Thanks coopster; looks like I need to get the ball-end re-welded onto the new damper ... can anyone vouch that this is the case?
I believe that the Super Beetle steering dampers have the ball-end on both ends. If you go to your nearest auto parts store, they may have one in stock that you can look at and compare to what you have.
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Old 05-03-2010, 05:03 AM   #37
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I believe the spare tire mount goes on top of the trunk behind the passenger, like on the Ural's.
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Old 05-04-2010, 10:19 PM   #38
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Thanks...
DrCoopster; checked the local Advance Auto Parts - the guy who I asked is incidentally working on building a super beetle; they have threaded-rod ends... looks like it'll need a weld job no matter what. But that '63 listing is shipping to me now!

BagMaster; Thanks ... I just don't see mounting holes. I'll look harder.

I need to either fab or buy a bracket for the front mount of the tub. I'll post a picture tomorrow... is this a commonly found item, or is it a special purchase from the manufacturer? (The curved bracket under the tub that holds the front of the tub to the frame...)
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Old 05-05-2010, 12:54 PM   #39
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Bracket

So this is the bracket ... on the left is the existing one, and on the right you can see the rubber where the other one would expect to go ... Is this a re-order from the manufacturer, or a fab job?
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Old 05-06-2010, 07:01 PM   #40
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Radio Cable?

I could use some help on this one guys; there's a cable that runs from the front of the bike and appears to connect to the radio inside of the fairing, to the back of the bike and appears to connect to nothing. It has a 5-pin connector and isn't the antenna cable (I've established that one).

Does this cable have to be connected for the radio to work? Or is it just for connecting to the intercom on the helmets? (I've seen this cable used before on CB radios... )
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That's the rear passenger hookup for the helmet headsets for the radio and intercom. Don't throw it away as you may want it hooked up some day. There should also be a shorter one near the fairing multi-plug for the driver's headset.
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Old 05-06-2010, 07:16 PM   #42
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That's the rear passenger hookup for the helmet headsets for the radio and intercom. Don't throw it away as you may want it hooked up some day. There should also be a shorter one near the fairing multi-plug for the driver's headset.
Yes! There is a shorter one! I guess they don't have to be hooked up for the radio to work? (It doesn't presently turn on - and I'm testing everything I can as I gradually reassemble it all, so as to not have to disassemble much if something is amiss.)
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No, they don't have to be hooked up for the radio to play through the speakers. Post a pic of the radio control panel in the left lower fairing so I can figure out which system you have and then I can maybe provide you with a pdf copy of the radio/intercom install manuals.
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Old 05-07-2010, 08:12 AM   #44
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No, they don't have to be hooked up for the radio to play through the speakers. Post a pic of the radio control panel in the left lower fairing so I can figure out which system you have and then I can maybe provide you with a pdf copy of the radio/intercom install manuals.
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Old 05-07-2010, 08:21 AM   #45
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OK, that's a Clarion 1 system that usually came on the 80-81 1100's. The Clarion 2 system is more complicated and came out in 82 on the Aspencade, optional for the Interstate.

Your system has the radio just behind that controller panel. It can have 1 or 2 5-pin din plug leads coming out of the receiver. The ones that have 2 have the intercom option for the headsets. Either plug can be used for the headsets and the other plug goes to the speaker amp.
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