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by hugger-4641
Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: inconsistent battery voltage.
Replies: 9
Views: 188

Re: inconsistent battery voltage.

Some mid 90's Saturn and GM cars used the same alternator, but with a different front bearing and drive pulley. The Cavalier I believe was one, and there was a Saturn that was basically a Cavalier with Saturn badge on it, but I don't remember the name.
by hugger-4641
Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: inconsistent battery voltage.
Replies: 9
Views: 188

Re: inconsistent battery voltage.

If you installed new brushes, you had to remove them from the regular assembly. There are aftermarket regulators, but in my experience, regulators either work or they don't. Virgilmobil had a good point about the signal wire. Something else may have pulled the voltage down. We're the fans running or...
by hugger-4641
Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: inconsistent battery voltage.
Replies: 9
Views: 188

Re: inconsistent battery voltage.

Regulator is built in to the alternator and requires some solder work to replace it. Most likely your brushes were briefly stuck, will probably happen again.
by hugger-4641
Tue Oct 03, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Memphis Area Riders/Mechanics
Replies: 2
Views: 169

Re: Memphis Area Riders/Mechanics

I wouldn't worry about the miles, but the age might be a factor if they are still original belts. I would be willing to do it for you, but I am 2 hrs away and you would have to leave it with me for a few days to work around my schedule.
by hugger-4641
Tue Oct 03, 2017 1:59 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: 4th Alternator GL1500
Replies: 18
Views: 558

Re: 4th Alternator GL1500

20 yrs, but how many miles? The rotor winding problem most likely explains your two OEM failures, but I'm curious how many miles you got on the compufires? My original alternator lasted until about 80k , then I went thru a couple OEM replacements that lasted 10k to 25k. Then I found out about the ro...
by hugger-4641
Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: My new alternator 90 amp
Replies: 10
Views: 395

Re: My new alternator 90 amp

Ditto what has been said, not a good idea to increase the size of main fuse, and no need. And just for argument sake, if you did add enough gadgets and lights to somehow reach 50 amps of accessory load, you would be better to run a secondary circuit, relay, and fuses to feed the accessories instead ...
by hugger-4641
Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:40 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Austone Taxi Tire 175R16 help !
Replies: 8
Views: 460

Re: Austone Taxi Tire 175R16 help !

I have about 2k miles on mine, and i am running an Avon rear tire on the front. First thing I notice is that the Austone is definitely taller and this is compounded by the fact that I have to keep my suspension air pressure a little higher than I used to or else I get a little scrubbing on the inner...
by hugger-4641
Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: REAR SPEAKERS
Replies: 3
Views: 172

Re: REAR SPEAKERS

If you have a round silver knob near the ignition switch, this is most likely a fader knob. This can get water in it from washing with high pressure and cause it not to work properly, but usually this results in some static and reduced volume and will work again after it dries out unless one of the ...
by hugger-4641
Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: I'm back and already some questions
Replies: 8
Views: 328

Re: I'm back and already some questions

I'm not sure about 91. My '94 Aspy has lights in the bags, and CB, but no cornering lights.
by hugger-4641
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: I'm back and already some questions
Replies: 8
Views: 328

Re: I'm back and already some questions

As already said, the bags on the Aspencade should have lights and not just reflectors. These are prone to the wiring getting damaged if care is not taken to keep it tied back and installed properly. The "ring of fire" on the front is more than likely a "strip or tube" of incandescent bulbs. The wiri...
by hugger-4641
Tue Aug 15, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Alternator question
Replies: 8
Views: 327

Re: Alternator question

I would take that compufire to a shop to have it repaired and keep it handy. Many of the stock alternators made after 1995 are prone to failure of the rotor windings, which is not easily repaired and very few places can do it. Chances are good that the "OEM" unit that the shop is installing may be o...
by hugger-4641
Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: 1989 GL1500: Dunlop Elite 4 OR Bridgestone Exedra
Replies: 36
Views: 1022

Re: 1989 GL1500: Dunlop Elite 4 OR Bridgestone Exedra

I cannot remember for certain if it was Michelin M89X or Pilot radial that I bought online. I don't think either one is available any longer for the rear other than maybe some New-Old Stock on somebody's shelf. I also have not tried Continental yet, but after talking with Harley friends who run them...
by hugger-4641
Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Blower Fuse Part Two ( Help )
Replies: 13
Views: 352

Re: Blower Fuse Part Two ( Help )

Sounds like you might have pinched wire that is only shorted when there is someone on the bike. I would look under the seat and inspect the connectors there for any damage. I would also look a little closer at the turn signal canceling device since you might not see any problem with this while sitti...
by hugger-4641
Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Alternator Indicator
Replies: 10
Views: 459

Re: Alternator Indicator

I installed one similar to this: https://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/575/1528-1145-ND/5353605?WT.mc_id=IQ_7595_G_pla5353605&wt.srch=1&wt.medium=cpc&&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4_mj1ZK71QIVhTaBCh3QZgvkEAQYBCABEgLAk_D_BwE The three wire hook up is a little more accurate than a two wire, but either should...
by hugger-4641
Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: 1989 GL1500: Dunlop Elite 4 OR Bridgestone Exedra
Replies: 36
Views: 1022

Re: 1989 GL1500: Dunlop Elite 4 OR Bridgestone Exedra

Maybe I just got a bad pick, but I tried the Bridgestone a few years ago and they didn't last long. Best I can remember I got about 10k on the front and less than that on the rear. I went through a period where I tried some different tires to see for myself and here's the gist of what I've decided f...
by hugger-4641
Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Alternator Indicator
Replies: 10
Views: 459

Re: Alternator Indicator

Most likely the brushes are sticking, vibration or bump in the road can make them temporarily start working again, but pretty soon they will stay stuck and your light will stay on. Sorry, don't mean to sound pessimistic, but experience tells me this is probably the case. 8-)
by hugger-4641
Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: '90 GL 1500 surging across all RPM
Replies: 6
Views: 262

Re: '90 GL 1500 surging across all RPM

There are two problem prone vacuum lines that are under the carbs. These haven't failed yet on mine, but If you are gonna tear into it, make sure you check these.
by hugger-4641
Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Just got my first Goldwing
Replies: 17
Views: 403

Re: Just got my first Goldwing

To my knowledge, 10% ethanol is the maximum allowed in fuel at the moment unless it is E-85, which I would not use. I have not seen any fuel with methanol, but it may exist in places I'm not aware of.
by hugger-4641
Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Just got my first Goldwing
Replies: 17
Views: 403

Re: Just got my first Goldwing

I have run 87 on several occasions with no problems, and this was with ethanol. I would try to avoid the ethanol whenever possible, especially if the bike is going to sit for any length of time because the ethanol is not kind to some of the internal seals in the fuel system. But as far as the mechan...
by hugger-4641
Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: '90 GL 1500 surging across all RPM
Replies: 6
Views: 262

Re: '90 GL 1500 surging across all RPM

I've had a surging problem twice, both times it was a vacuum line.
by hugger-4641
Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:43 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Odometer reset button
Replies: 9
Views: 399

Re: Odometer reset button

You don't have to pull the whole front end off! 8-) But you do need to pull the mirrors,the windshield, and the dash panel in order to get to the screws to remove the instrument panel glass. 8-) I reset mine every time I fill up with fuel and it does get stuck once in a while. When it does, I just t...
by hugger-4641
Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: wobble at the front
Replies: 9
Views: 301

Re: wobble at the front

I have experienced wobble on few occasions, and on a couple of those occasions is was actually the rear wheel that was causing the problem. Problems with the rear wheel can cause the handlebars to shake and cause the front end to "wobble" in reaction to what is going on in the back. While you have t...
by hugger-4641
Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:13 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: GL 1500 Alternator
Replies: 21
Views: 780

Re: GL 1500 Alternator

I like your enthusiasm! 8-) Make sure you do the testing I mention in the article to make sure you do in fact have a bad rotor. If you are not a mechanic of some sort or don't do this sort of thing on a regular basis, there are a couple tricky parts to the repair process. One of them is removing the...
by hugger-4641
Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: GL 1500 Alternator
Replies: 21
Views: 780

Re: GL 1500 Alternator

If you are buying those cheap (under $75) OEM Hitachi alternators on E-bay, you are going to keep having the same problem. To make a long story short, around 1995 Hitachi moved production of these alternators to China. On the Chinese produced models, the rotor windings have a weak spot. In my experi...
by hugger-4641
Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Clacking noise.
Replies: 4
Views: 277

Re: Clacking noise.

Well, I don't want to quibble over semantics, but "thinner" is not a very relevant term when it comes to oil. It may be that some 30w synthetic oil may have a lower viscosity than a standard 30w oil at room temperature, but this does not necessarily make it better or worse. What is important is the ...