1975 GL1000 Starter Switch

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1975 GL1000 Starter Switch

Postby becks4x4 » Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:39 am

Hey guys,

New proud owner of a passed down 1975 GL1000, red, in fantastic shape. Going through the startup prep (draining tank, cleaning, etc) and I am trying to get her running (ran in the past year/year and a half). The starter switch (on handlebar) is bad. Cracked all to pieces internally. The board the wires solder to is fine, and I can short across them to make the bike crank, but this will not cut it. I would like to put in the same type of switch to keep the look, but the only one I can find is on Saber cycle and it is the full kill switch and starter switch assembly and is much more than I want to spend on this little switch.

any ideas? I may have to hid a special starter button somewhere else on the bike, but not my first choice.

Also, not sure I am getting a good spark any more. Bad coil maybe? Doubt it b/c it was gone through a couple of years ago and got running well until the clutch cable broke. Replaced that already.



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Re: 1975 GL1000 Starter Switch

Postby becks4x4 » Mon Sep 27, 2010 7:57 pm

Well, gave up and mounted a starter button in the electrical panel. had to jumper the headlight wire as well to get it to run correctly. bike runs fantastic. gonna have to keep my eyes open for a whole kill switch/starter button assembly.

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Re: 1975 GL1000 Starter Switch

Postby kirbb9 » Mon Sep 27, 2010 11:30 pm

Try good ole EBay. They have a few used ones on there most of the time.

I have two GL's and have never had a coil problem, Check points and condenser first.


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Re: 1975 GL1000 Starter Switch

Postby 78AzWing » Fri Oct 01, 2010 1:13 pm

Stay away from Sabre Cycle. Bad rep on those guys.

Contact CyclePsycho at http://www.CyclePsycho.com or maybe CrescentMoon at http://www.crescentmooncycles.com to see if either has your item.
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Re: 1975 GL1000 Starter Switch

Postby Placerville » Sat Oct 02, 2010 1:48 am

+1 on eBay. Also try CraigsList. A new search tool called http://www.searchtempest.com/ makes it easy to search CL nationwide, just like eBay. Also, join http://www.ngwclub.com/ if you want to lean about your GL. NGW is the best site on the Web for information and advise for early GL owners. Before you do ANYTHING on your GL, make sure the timing belts are less than 5 years old. If you do not have verifiable proof, change them. This is critical. Do not ride your bike 1" until you completed this task. If they break, you'll be selling the bike for parts as the engine will be toast. Last, go to Randall Washington's Web site at http://www.randakks.com/ and read it cover to cover. You will be well advised to do this before starting any work on your GL. Good luck.

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