82 GL 1100 instrument cluster failing

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82 GL 1100 instrument cluster failing

Post by Snowbird » Wed May 02, 2012 2:45 pm

I need help, I have lost my temperature and fuel gauges, odometer and my speedometer is starting to bounce on cooler drives. I need to replace the cluster but have discovered no new ones are available. I have an extremely tight budget so the cheaper the option the better.

Can anyone suggest a place to get replacement instruments and possibly even what years I could swap for if I find old bikes with good gauges?

Thank You

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Re: 82 GL 1100 instrument cluster failing

Post by virgilmobile » Wed May 02, 2012 3:49 pm

This is a DIY.
Loss of both gauges indicates a failed 7 volt regulator circuit.It's behind and mounted to the cluster.There are 3 wires,ground,12 volts and 7 volts.If the 12 volts are there,get a new regulator.They are sold on this site under the "STORE" tab.
The mechanical jumping dials are USUALLY attributed to dried lube in the cables.
Pull them off,flush them clean and lube with spray graphite.
Even with this,sometimes it's just time for a new one.
My 1100 tach has a little bounce.The cable is just plane old worn out.Still usable but a bit annoying.

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Re: 82 GL 1100 instrument cluster failing

Post by plumbermullins » Thu May 03, 2012 9:07 am

Just replaced my third speedo i missed the small kink in the cable causing the speedo head bearing to wear rapidly made much noise in cooler weather and eventually started bouncing wildly until total destruction of the needle. I agree that the fuel and temp gauge is the regulator as stated before but I would suggest new speedo and tach cables asap new/used speedo and new cable works fine now
maybe I'll take my dunce cap off soon.

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