77 GL1000 condensor

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77 GL1000 condensor

Post by farrell1957 » Sat Apr 10, 2010 8:02 am

Do all GL1000s have two condensors ? I can only find one and it has a wire comming out of both ends.

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Re: 77 GL1000 condensor

Post by philmckinley » Thu Apr 15, 2010 3:58 pm

look close- I think what you found is actually two condensers mounted end to end.

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Re: 77 GL1000 condensor

Post by thrasherg » Fri Apr 16, 2010 9:41 am

As phil says, a condensor has one wire and the metal case is the other connection. If yours has 2 wires then it is probably 2 condensers packaged back to back.. The metal mounting tab is the ground connection which will be common to both condensors.


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Re: 77 GL1000 condensor

Post by farrell1957 » Sun Apr 18, 2010 4:42 am

Thanks, I just got this GL about a month ago, it was parked in a guys backyard. He said it had been sitting for about 5 years. The point cover was lost and the wires that come from the points come togeather (in what looks like ) a factory 2 wire into 1 connector and the single wire that comes out of this connector has been cut. .All of he diagrams that i have seen show each wire seperatley going to a condensor. If the condensor i have (with a wire comming out each end ) should connect to both points why do the wires comming from my points come togeather as one. It seems like they would stay seperate and each wire connect to each end of my condensor. Is my thinking corect or am i just missing something ? Sorry about my ignorance ive never worked on one of these bikes before. sure want to get it running and could use any input on this subject. Thank you for your help.

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Re: 77 GL1000 condensor

Post by Old Fogey » Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:44 am

The Wing has, in effect, two ignition systems. Each one has one set of points, one side of a double condenser, one double ended coil (lost spark system), two HT leads and plugs.
So, whoever first connected up the two points wires together was completely wrong.

Check out the wiring diagram here; click on it to get the big diagram:

http://www.goldwingdocs.com/Docs/Honda% ... -B309B.jpg

(yes, I know it shows TWO condensers but they are built into one. The important part is how they are connected).

There is also an excellent tip from Randakk here, showing you why and how to run an earth/ground wire from the condenser to the engine mount.

'Impossible' is just a level of difficulty! The only stupid question is the one you didn't ask first!

( Seriously, you haven't read all 115 pages of my http://www.wingovations.com website ?? :shock: )

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