GL 1000 new starter solenoid different wiring?

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GL 1000 new starter solenoid different wiring?

Post by Icecoldramfan » Sun Oct 07, 2012 11:07 pm

Got a starter solenoid for 78 GL 1000. New one has two posts and built in fuse. Old one has same posts but also two small diameter wires. Anyone know how I deal with wires that were going to old solenoid?

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Re: GL 1000 new starter solenoid different wiring?

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:37 am

The original one should have connections for the battery, starter, a charging wire coming from the regulator, and two smaller wires that energize the solenoid when the starter button is pressed. What does the new one have - is it original Honda?

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Re: GL 1000 new starter solenoid different wiring?

Post by pshaginaw » Thu Nov 01, 2012 11:41 am

Recently I replaced the starter solinoid on my '78 GL1000 and encountered a similar situation. If you check out the Honda Shop Manual wiring diagram, you will see a 30A fuse assembly wired in parallel with the starter cable and solinoid. This is a safety provided to guard against a shorted starter. Instead of a separate assembly, the replacement solinoid has this fuse built-in. Good news, and bad news! The bad news is that the built-in assembly makes the replacement too large to fit between the battery box and the frame when the solinoid is mounted in the proper position. The good news is that the assembly is easily removable by detatching two nuts and a stamped metal connector. I did this on my bike, and then I got a 30A in-line plastic fuse holder (to hold a glass tube type fuse) with pigtails from AutoZone and wired it in as per the stock wiring. It now tucks in nicely as the OEM part, I just have to pack along a Buss rather than a blade fuse.

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