High voltage and ignition


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jayb
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High voltage and ignition

Postby jayb » Thu Aug 20, 2015 8:55 am



I have been working on a 82 gl500 silverwing I think the ignition is the same as the goldwings, Anyway I found that High voltage (around 16.5) at higher rpm, caused missing and bogging at any thing above 5000 rpm. A new regulator fixed the problem. I was just trying to get my head around this. JayB



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virgilmobile
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84 GL 1200 I

Re: High voltage and ignition

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Aug 20, 2015 12:45 pm

I'll believe anything.I do know that some of the electronic devices I upfit into vehicles have a voltage tolerance range.
Some as tight as 10.75-15.25 operating volts.
It is possible that the computerized ignition is the same.I do know that my 88 will not spark if the supply volts drops below 9.8 volts.Even just above that,its erratic so I can believe that if it goes above 15 volts,it may also go erratic.

This is a good find on your part and I will keep a note of it.
Thanks.

jayb
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Re: High voltage and ignition

Postby jayb » Thu Aug 20, 2015 6:45 pm

Virgilmobile: I ran into the same thing a few years ago on a Suzuki king quad. I threw every thing but the kitchen sink at it before changing the voltage regulator. JayB

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Aussie81Interstate
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Re: High voltage and ignition

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Thu Aug 20, 2015 7:14 pm

The GL bike I presume is a CX model..V twin, have a CDI unit or sometimes something different depending on the model.

Look at the chopper Charles website - they will have information so you can measure your CDI for the proper resistance readings.

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virgilmobile
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Re: High voltage and ignition

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Aug 20, 2015 7:18 pm

jayb wrote:Virgilmobile: I ran into the same thing a few years ago on a Suzuki king quad. I threw every thing but the kitchen sink at it before changing the voltage regulator. JayB

I'll keep this in mind .
Was it having the same problems as the wing?

jayb
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Re: High voltage and ignition

Postby jayb » Thu Aug 20, 2015 10:49 pm

Yes, really boggy and no power at higher rpms. JayB




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