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Leveled
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plug wires

Postby Leveled » Mon Jan 20, 2014 5:14 pm



Hi everyone;
Is it possible to replace the plug wires on a 79 GL1000? It looks like they're molded into the coils. I bought this set of 'universal' plug wires:
(http://www.bikebandit.com/accel-univers ... t?b=182999).

In the image above you can see where the wires go into the coils. Do they just pop out of the bottom or will I break something if i try to force it out?

If they cannot come out, what's my best option? one of the wires was shorting out & the others look like they've had a hard life.

I appreciate any guidance you can provide.



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terryt
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Re: plug wires

Postby terryt » Mon Jan 20, 2014 5:58 pm

Hi, there's been a lot of discussions about plug wires on here just lately, check out this link

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=20118

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Re: plug wires

Postby Fred Camper » Mon Jan 20, 2014 11:42 pm

Those coils are also too old. Replace the coils with any number of options from GL1200 coils (pretty inexpensive), to Dynatech to Accel, to any number of automotive options. I went with Dynatech and have been very pleased. I can now ride in the rain if I want and not have to push.

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Re: plug wires

Postby Leveled » Sun Feb 09, 2014 10:23 am

Fred Camper wrote:Those coils are also too old. Replace the coils with any number of options from GL1200 coils (pretty inexpensive), to Dynatech to Accel, to any number of automotive options. I went with Dynatech and have been very pleased. I can now ride in the rain if I want and not have to push.


Thanks for the reply Fred. I admit, after reading on a few different forums (and posting questions for input) I am very confused about the ignition system on this bike.

My GL1000 has breaker points and I am pretty sure they need to be replaced. I went ahead and set the gap to spec.and am now just trying to get current to the plugs.

I'm more than willing to buy new coils, wires, boots/caps and whatever else I need to fully resolve the problem. Can you or anyone else give me some insight to what I need to purchase?

-- I've read a lot about Dyna Coils and wires. Is that pretty much all I will need or do I need a ballast resister as well?
-- Should I purchase the green Dyna Coil that is 3Ohms (DC1-1)?
-- The Breaker Points seemed pretty worn when I recently adjusted the gap. Is it a good option to replace the points or should I opt for the electronic ignition too?

Thank you for your help!

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Fred Camper
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Re: plug wires

Postby Fred Camper » Sun Feb 09, 2014 2:54 pm

The ballast resistor is there to protect the points. If you switch to an electronic ignition the ballast resistor is bypassed. You have the coil choice correct, just keep the ballast resistor with the new coils if you plan to keep using points.

Points are fine for daily ridden bikes, not so good for bikes ridden once a week. You see points are either open or closed when we park (mostly closed) and if left open for weeks they can foul fast due to corosion.

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Re: plug wires

Postby NKYWinger » Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:08 am

I used CBR coils and bulk solid core wire that I cut to length for each plug. Also replace the plug caps while you're at it - they are readily available and are cheap insurance.
30+ year old electrical components need replacing............


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