adding accessories

Information and questions on GL1100 Goldwings (1980-1983)
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adding accessories

Post by tazoid2002 » Sat Jul 21, 2012 12:27 pm

81 gl1100 Added fog lamps and stereo.Anywhere i hook them up they always drain my battery.Any suggestions?

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Re: adding accessories

Post by virgilmobile » Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:51 pm

I'll mention one thing to remember...
Basically the gl1000 has about 95 watts of reserve power available for your use.
Assuming the electrical system is running 100%.

This is with the battery fully recharged and the engine running at 3500 rpm.
The bike will actually start to discharge the battery when running under 1000 rpm with nothing added to the electrical system.

So to have the bike keep up the battery,keep the added load below 50 watts or so.
It will handle 2 35watt driving lights and a 25watt stereo fairly well if you reduce the load on the system by replacing most of your lighting with LED.
There's a balance you need to achieve.The load demand and the capacity of the system.
Overloading,I believe, is the number one killer of the charging system next to corrosion in the connectors....viewtopic.php?f=16&t=12522

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