Replacing Battery on 78 GL1000


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Swetman56
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Replacing Battery on 78 GL1000

Postby Swetman56 » Mon Oct 06, 2014 4:35 pm



Hi, I just purchased a 1978 GL1000 that needs "a bit" of work. I have read several of the posts on this site and have a question about replacing the battery I noticed mention of using an aftermarket solenoid. The one that is on the bike is a bit corroded and there are a couple that were included with the bike. All the parts seem to be with the bike, though in some cases not on it.
This was a case of I had already paid half ($200) and rented the trailer and driven 60 miles to pick up the bike, and decided I could probably get the bike running again. I know I need to rebuild the carbs and replace the timing belts. Otherwise the bike is in good condition.
This is an added bike to my 03 GL1800. Something to work on and maybe give to my son. But I have not done any work on Motorcycles in maybe 40 years and that was a WWII Norton a neighbor had purchased. I am knowledgable in how to do engine work and electrical work, and a 78 Bike is more in my expertise as far as how it is put together than my 03 is.
Any help will be greatly appreciated and I will be posting my experiances in bringing this bike back to the shape it should be in as they happen.



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Re: Replacing Battery on 78 GL1000

Postby dingdong » Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:12 am

Welcome to the forum Swetman56. Now what's your question about replacing the battery?
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Re: Replacing Battery on 78 GL1000

Postby Swetman56 » Tue Oct 07, 2014 11:27 am

Here are pictures of the battery box so I n to replace that condenser or should it be okay
Attachments
Battery wires
Battery wires
Battery wire2
Battery wire2

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Re: Replacing Battery on 78 GL1000

Postby dingdong » Wed Oct 08, 2014 6:44 am

I'm thinking you mean the starter solenoid. I would go for a new one if for no other reason than peace of mind. That one might clean up but I'm not sure I would trust it. Some of those connectors don't look too good either. JMHO
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Re: Replacing Battery on 78 GL1000

Postby flash2002 » Wed Oct 08, 2014 6:58 am

If you see anything that doesn't look right, ether clean it, fix it or change it. When I buy a used bike I take it apart to a point, it may look good from the outside but you might find trouble on the inside. Take apart and clean what you can, make sure it's ok you don't want trouble on the road.




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