Putting manual switch on the headlight of a 81 GL I


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Putting manual switch on the headlight of a 81 GL I

Postby RBGERSON » Mon Jun 25, 2012 7:55 am



The light on my 81 GL-I is flaky. If i jiggle the wires leading into the starter switch it will sometimes come back on. I want to cut into the wires along the handlebar and put a switch in to turn the headlight off and on manually. will that work? If so which wires do I cut into(what colors)? I mean do I have to cut into two wires and put them into each side of the switch or just one and ground the other side of the switch. Electrical is not my thing..but I can follow directions. I do not really want to replace the switch or reconnect what's loose in there..I just figured this solution would be simpler..than trying to solder/resolder a wire on that switch which will probably fall apart if I move it out the housing.

I looked at a wiring schematic and it looks like I should cut into the BK/R and B/W and just put a switch to connect the two that I can turn off and on but I am not confident in my plan.


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Re: Putting manual switch on the headlight of a 81 GL I

Postby D2D » Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:26 am

I have an 82 GL1100 that I just picked up and the PO had done just what you are looking to do. He installed a 3-pole toggle switch into the fake tank cover just above the fuel tank cap. He ran the power to the switch from the black wire coming from the ignition, cut and ran the white ( low beam ) wire from inside the headlight bezel to one side of the switch and did the same with the blue ( high beam ) to the other side. When you turn the key on, the headlight and two passing lights come on as is the norm and toggle the switch to get high beams.

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Re: Putting manual switch on the headlight of a 81 GL I

Postby RBGERSON » Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:48 am

Not sure it's the same thing..I don't want to move the high and low beam switch.. I am talking about the starter switch on the right side..those are the wires that if I jiggle the headlight will come on sometimes, when the ignition is turned on. I am looking to "cut" the circuit for the headlight from the starter switch and turn the headlight off when starting but back on when running ..that's what is wrong now no head light when the bike is running..its' always off unless I jiggle the wire harness going into the starter switch and sometimes the headlight comes back on the high and low beam switch works once I get the headlight to come on by jiggling the wires going into the starter switch..

I am assuming that a wire is loose at the switch or broken going to the switch and I don't want to have to pull the switch and replace it.
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Re: Putting manual switch on the headlight of a 81 GL I

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:42 am

What you plan is fine.Honda has 4 wires going to the start button.One cuts power to the hi/lo beam switch when cranking,the other energises the start solenoid.
This switch has a tendancy to corrode and melt the posts inside the switch.
Bypassing it is fine.
Just remember,Honda designed the system to turn off the headlight while cranking to provide the maximum power.

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Re: Putting manual switch on the headlight of a 81 GL I

Postby RBGERSON » Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:56 am

Thanks it looks simple but electrical stuff is out of my comfort zone, recommendations to the gauge wire I should splice if if I need extra to get the switch in place??
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Re: Putting manual switch on the headlight of a 81 GL I

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:25 pm

At least a #14 wire,and solder it if you can.Mechanical connections(butt splice,wire nuts and pinch clamps) don't seem to last too long.

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Re: Putting manual switch on the headlight of a 81 GL I

Postby RBGERSON » Mon Jun 25, 2012 6:37 pm

It's done cut the blk/rd and the b/W in the tube leading to the switch..tie them together or add a switch to them and you are good to go.

Thanks


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