gremlins in a '78 gl1000


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staygoldwing
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gremlins in a '78 gl1000

Postby staygoldwing » Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:05 pm



Dang. My buddy just picked up a bike that had clearly been owned by someone who really half-a**ed the wiring. The infamous "three yellow wires" are electrical taped over what looks to be melted connectors and there are wires floating around all loosey-goosey. Seems like the wiring on these bikes is notoriously tricky but any pro-tips on who to even start re-wiring this beast.
The latest problem is that it was broke down on the side of the road - gas was pretty low and battery was dead as a doornail. Put some fresh gas in there, checked the fuses and replaced a burnt out one - taped up a couple of loose looking wires and tried to jump her. When I put the cable on the other bike the engine began to turn over - mind you the key wasn't even in the bike...any idea on where to go from here?



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portugeezer
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1984 Honda Magna V30

Re: gremlins in a '78 gl1000

Postby portugeezer » Mon Dec 23, 2013 9:33 pm

My bike had a lot of bad rewiring when I got it. I kept patching things until I had a garage fire a year ago. That forced me to replace everything. First thing I would do is solder and shrink tube the three yellow wires. If you find any of those blue clip on wire splices get rid of them by soldering and shrink tube. Suspect anything wrapped in electrical tape to be bad!

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portugeezer
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Re: gremlins in a '78 gl1000

Postby portugeezer » Mon Dec 23, 2013 9:37 pm

Nice to know someone can ride! It's -2 here with a much colder wind chill reading. We also have about 6" of snow on the ground!

staygoldwing
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Re: gremlins in a '78 gl1000

Postby staygoldwing » Tue Dec 24, 2013 2:41 pm

Ha - something to be thankful for, that's for sure. I knew I was paying California rent prices for a reason. :)

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Fred Camper
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Re: gremlins in a '78 gl1000

Postby Fred Camper » Tue Dec 24, 2013 4:53 pm

I agree with Porugesser to go through all the wires. Pull back the birds nest cover and remove the headlight to inspect those too. These are too nice of a bike to had a PO do that kind of wiring. Well worth the effort as they are very reliable when well cared for.

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Re: gremlins in a '78 gl1000

Postby Placerville » Tue Dec 24, 2013 10:24 pm

I strongly suggest that you go here and download the "Honda Goldwing GL1000 1978 to 1979 Color Schematic-49F70.jpg (552.63 kB" that's available at no cost. This will give you a valuable reference point when trying to locate wires.

Agree with the above comments from other members. I'd suggest you take any electrical issues in a logical, segmentalized order. Electrical problems should always be done in this manner. Jumping around, fixing this and that, will get you into trouble. First, start with the battery. Make sure it will take and retain a charge. Any doubts, take it to an auto shop for a surge test. After that, install your battery and inspect and clean all connectors to your battery, starter and starter relay. Tip: When you pull the battery cable from the starter's connection post, you'll need two wrenches, one to turn the top nut and one to hold the bottom one in place. Do not let the starters binding post turn or you'll break an interior wire. From there, proceed as suggested above and clean up the stator to rectifier wires. These wire are very important. Next, go through all of your fuses. (Frankly, I'd replace them all with new.) Then, check all of your wire connections at the fuse box. After that, I'd try to start it and go from there. Good luck.


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