1976 gauges problem


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1976 gauges problem

Postby geo steinke » Thu Jun 07, 2012 7:17 am



For about the last month riding the bike within the first couple of miles the temp and gas gauges would both go all the way to the right and than after awhile go back to normal. Last night on the way home they stayed over to the right for about 15 miles before returning to normal. This morning is was ok until about riding 15 miles than they went all the way to the right and never came back to normal, even after turning the key off and back on. What am I looking for on this one? Does the y gauge work on a resistor because some gauges don't work on 12 volt they have a resistor to reduce voltages to like 7 volts. Is it maybe something like this?



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Re: 1976 gauges problem

Postby D2D » Thu Jun 07, 2012 7:31 am

Seeing as how it is both gauges giving you issues I'd bet it's your regulator failing. This is a very common problem on GL1000, GL1100, and GL1200 models. Replace the 7-volt regulator or do a search on how to check.

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Re: 1976 gauges problem

Postby geo steinke » Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:06 am

I have a voltage gauge on this bike and when this happens the voltage gauge does not do anything it reads normal all the time.

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Re: 1976 gauges problem

Postby dingdong » Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:34 am

There is a 7 volt regulator that is specific to the gauges. Your voltage meter doesn't monitor this. Either the 7 volt regulator is failing or you have some dirty or loose connectors.
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Re: 1976 gauges problem

Postby geo steinke » Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:40 am

Thanks guys I will start to look into this. Good tips.. Hey DingDong my 76 looks just like yours bags, color only difference I have a Vetter on the front. Good looking bike.

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Re: 1976 gauges problem

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:46 am

geo steinke wrote:For about the last month riding the bike within the first couple of miles the temp and gas gauges would both go all the way to the right and than after awhile go back to normal. Last night on the way home they stayed over to the right for about 15 miles before returning to normal. This morning is was ok until about riding 15 miles than they went all the way to the right and never came back to normal, even after turning the key off and back on. What am I looking for on this one? Does the y gauge work on a resistor because some gauges don't work on 12 volt they have a resistor to reduce voltages to like 7 volts. Is it maybe something like this?


This is exactly how the 7 volt regulators normally fail before they die entirely. Have a look at 7 volt regulator. It has to be a regulator, because it needs exactly 7 volts for the gauges to be properly calibrated. Using just a resistor would give you anywhere from 5-10 volts depending on the speed of the engine, and the gauges would be completely unreliable.

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Re: 1976 gauges problem

Postby geo steinke » Thu Jun 07, 2012 3:03 pm

Thanks wing Your site here is the best. I know if I have a problem can post it and you guys always comes thru. After reading your post and the part about the regulator it states its behind the gauges. Isn't it the one on the left side of the tank on the electrical panel or is there a regulator just for the gauges?

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Re: 1976 gauges problem

Postby geo steinke » Fri Jun 08, 2012 6:54 am

Once again THANKS guys. Rode home last night and checked it out. Pulled socket connections off and found green on them. Cleaned up and sand paper them clean, put a little dielectric grease on them and put back together. While in there did the same to all connections and rode in to work this morning and all systems are a go for now. Footnote: the ride home should put 40,000 miles on the old girl. Old Yeller doing just fine. Thanks guys




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