GL1500 Turn Signal Fix


Step-by-step tutorials on how to maintain and fix your GL1500
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Richman2000
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Re: GL1500 Turn Signal Fix

Post by Richman2000 » Mon Jun 08, 2015 2:22 pm



That's great.

Ride Safe,
Rich



AaronzDad
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Motorcycle: 1987 GL1200A Aspencade

Re: GL1500 Turn Signal Fix

Post by AaronzDad » Thu Aug 25, 2016 2:03 pm

First off let me say
THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!

For the great write-up and the photos of the switch internals.
I was having the exact same problem with my '87 GL1200 and the switch is the same so this really helped me find the broken spring.

I wanted to post here for anyone in the future stuck in the same situation - I found a spring that should work perfectly as a replacement with just a little length trimming. The wire size and outside diameter seem to be a perfect match.

Gardner Spring company Part number SS-9M
I found it at the MSC Industrial Supply website - http://www.mscdirect.com
Here is the link to the actual part order page:
http://www.mscdirect.com/product/details/02312304

It's a 6-pack of springs for $8.30 (price as of August 2016) and they're twice as long as needed so one bag should fix a dozen turn signals. :D
Their shipping is a little steep - almost $12 - but I guess that's the cost of getting exactly what you need.

I hope this helps someone else in the future. And if you need one of these springs drop me a line because I'll have five extras! :lol:

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Richman2000
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Re: GL1500 Turn Signal Fix

Post by Richman2000 » Thu Aug 25, 2016 4:41 pm

I'm glad it worked. I have over 100K miles since I fixed mine, and it still work. It actually works better than some other parts of my Wing.

Ride Safe,
Rich

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JLB
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Re: GL1500 Turn Signal Fix

Post by JLB » Fri Aug 26, 2016 2:28 am

The spring that I received from ram2009 is still working for a full 100% after 2 years and 15,000 miles. No signs of wear and tear. So I think it’s still good for endless miles to come.

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Hans

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mlmmike
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Hey I am back. Got another Goldwing

Re: GL1500 Turn Signal Fix

Post by mlmmike » Sun Sep 25, 2016 1:46 am

Thank you very much for this.

I just bought a GL1500 with this exact issue.

Hope you do not mind if I add 2 extra ideas to your fix though ?

As per the pictures attached. Firstly I made a little plate out of scrap aluminum to be able to work on the thing, as it is actually pretty tedious and nothing seams to be in the right place. The plate keeps it nice and still.

Secondly you where right about the ball bearings jumping out. 1 of mine just flew. Anyway, got a 20 ounce speaker magnet and taped it to the head of a brush which found it much better that me searching, but then time after time still could not get the ball to stay.

So as per second picture, I super-glued the ball to the spring. Waited for 5 minutes and it went in first go. Certainly for others, I think this will make the job much easier for others.

Regards Mike
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AaronzDad
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Re: GL1500 Turn Signal Fix

Post by AaronzDad » Mon Sep 26, 2016 1:34 am

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-=-=-=- UPDATE -=-=- UPDATE -=-=- UPDATE -=-=-

The spring I referenced and linked to in my earlier post is INCORRECT.
I was going off the measurements provided in this thread and they are slightly off - at least for the GL1200 switch and from what I can tell the switch wasn't changed for the GL1500.

The 0.156" OD is just ever-so-slightly too large for the bore hole. I could make it fit but the spring was squeezed sideways a little and that's no good.

After a little more trial and error I found a spring that will work:
Gardner Spring
Part # 36001G
Here is a link the their stats page:
http://gardnerspring.com/products-3/pre ... 6001g.html
and you can buy it from MSC Direct here:
http://www.mscdirect.com/product/details/02312437

The OD is only 0.12 which is a little small but it works. Ideally the OD would be about 0.135 but I couldn't find anything in that size anywhere on the interwebs.
The wire OD is 0.016 which provides slightly more stiffness than necessary but again, it works.
I trimmed the spring down so it just barely stuck out of the back of the hole by one or two millimeters. Without trimming it's almost too stiff to work.

I bought a 5-pack of 'em and I still have 4 left so if anyone needs one just let me know. The first one lasted 29 years and 112,000 miles so I doubt I'll ever need these springs again.

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tannenba
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Re: GL1500 Turn Signal Fix

Post by tannenba » Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:24 pm

This was a great write up and the pix were great. Went on a 900 mi trip with my 88 Gl1500 (175,000 mi) and the only hiccup was self cancelling stopped working about 60 mi from home. Debated looking for a replacement on Ebay or somewhere when I found this, so opened it up only to find the screw holding the lever was almost all unscrewed. A little bit of locktite and putting the screw back in and the problem is fixed! :D :D :D :D



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