1978 GL 1000 STATOR


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Honda Rider 77
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1978 GL 1000 STATOR

Postby Honda Rider 77 » Thu Oct 02, 2014 2:50 pm



HI EVERYONE, IM NEW TO THIS WEB SITE AS OF TODAY AND A FIRST TIME OWNER OF A GOLDWING ALSO AS OF TODAY. MY DAD HAD A 1979 GOLDWING AND THATS WHEN I DECIDED THAT I HAD TO OWN ONE SOME DAY. TODAY I BOUGHT A 78 WING FOR 300 BUCKS FROM A KID WHO NEEDED CASH. THE BIKE RUNS AND DRIVES GREAT BUT I THINK THE STATOR IS SHOT. HOW DIFFICULT WILL IT BE TO CHANGE THE STATOR AND TIMING BELTS. OH IM IN NO RUSH AS WINTER IS COMING. I'VE INCLUDED A PIC OF MY "NEW" TOY
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redial
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Re: 1978 GL 1000 STATOR

Postby redial » Thu Oct 02, 2014 7:35 pm

Well HondaRider77 with a 78GW, based on his father's 79GW, you seem to be stuck in the 70s, but you will have fun on that good looking GW. Welcome, from the Deep Deep South, and I trust that your winter is not too severe, as we are entering our mid-Spring and then the glorious days of Summer. We adjust our clocks this coming weekend, so I have washed all of the glass jars again, so that I can save the daylights. Enjoy your GW, and have fun.

You could look at the GL1000 forum to see if there are any hints there for your problems. But I would definitely look at the timing gear to make sure they are good to go. Replace them anyway, the kid probably didnt have the knowledge or the skills to change them, so they could be originals.
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Re: 1978 GL 1000 STATOR

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Oct 02, 2014 9:18 pm

Many times charging problems are not related to the stator.Its better to test it first as pulling the engine is needed to replace the stator.
And do replace the timing belts.

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Re: 1978 GL 1000 STATOR

Postby Placerville » Thu Oct 02, 2014 10:12 pm

Good advice from virgilmobil. Your timing belts should be your primary concern at this time. Break a belt at freeway speeds and you'll have a very expensive and time consuming mess on your hands so, replace them now. No matter what your belts look like, change them. (They always look good right up until the time they break.) New belts are good for 5 years or 25K. Instructions for replacing them are here. Good aftermarket belt recommendations are here.

After you've changed your belts, move on to your charging issues. First, make sure your battery is fully charged. Then, take it to an automotive parts store that will do a surge test on it. Once it's passed that test, you can start looking at charging issues on your bike. Do not start tearing into things until your battery is proven to be in good shape. Vintage GL's love three things: Clean carbs, fresh oil and strong batteries. Always start at first base with electrical issues and have your battery tested.

To learn how to test the voltage output of your stator, you can watch the video below. However, prior to doing that, I suggest that you look at some stator basics e.g., disconnect the 3 pin connector that comes from the back of your stator and ensure that the pins are clean and connected properly. If there's any corrosion, it must be addressed. Next, do the same with the 8 pin stator to rectifier plug. Both of these plugs are well known for corroding, over-heating, melting and wrecking havoc with a charging system.

Just a friendly tip: When communicating with others on forums such as these, the use of all capitol letters infers that you're yelling at people so, don't use them unless your are.



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Re: 1978 GL 1000 STATOR

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Oct 03, 2014 7:25 am

I try to "bold or underline" text when it's very important and all caps when it's a " pay special attention to this" kind of wording.
I'm not yelling.
I watched the video...I suppose that the voltage readings could be compared to a good system to show there is a problem...however the readings reference ground..any reading this way would include the rectifier/regulator module also as the stator wires are not grounded.
It looks like a quick test (just like it says)..if its off,further testing is needed to determine what is bad.




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