1976 GL1000 electrical issue

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1976 GL1000 electrical issue

Post by jordanb1980 » Thu May 13, 2010 12:07 pm

I was riding the other night when the lights went dim. The headlight dimmed, and the marker lights on the back went out, as far as i could tell.
I also thought I smelled burning wires, but that may have just been in my head. I turned the accessory lights off for a few minutes, then back on and everything was fine. When I got home I checked the wires and didn't see anything that grabbed my shirt. There are a lot of "temp fixes" on the electrical system (radio wires spliced in with something, and just general wires tied together and covered in electrical tape, etc.), but nothing really stands out. I intend to permanently wire the temp fixes, but the light dimming prob still bugs me. Anyone had a similar situation?

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Re: 1976 GL1000 electrical issue

Post by WingAdmin » Thu May 13, 2010 12:54 pm

I had weird electrical problems like that when I first got my bike, and it too had lots of previous owners dodgy wiring projects - a TON of abandoned wiring. I spent a weekend cutting it all out, soldering and heat-shrinking connections that had been just twisted together and covered with electrical tape. It solved all the weird problems I was having.

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Re: 1976 GL1000 electrical issue

Post by terryjenner » Tue May 18, 2010 2:49 pm

vintageconnections.com has the original OEM connectors. I purchased a set to renovate two bikes plus a professional crimper for 80 bucks. It makes connections just like the factory. I purchased Professional Kit CK-2. Just make sure you order some extras if you are just learning to crimp using a pro tool. there is a difference. one crimp should encompass only the insulator, the other, only the wire. get online and do some reading and you will get it right fast. good luck.

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