GL1100 replacement starter


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Newport
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GL1100 replacement starter

Postby Newport » Thu Jan 03, 2013 4:30 am



Whilst I still have some tests to run it is looking like I may have to replace the starter on my 83A.
Recommendations will be welcomed as I will have to purchase from USA and have it shipped to Australia and I want to get a good product that is correct fit and reliable.
There seems to be a lot of different starters available and all may not be great.

From a Forum search it does look as though I can replace with engine in frame regardless of what the service manual states about engine removal.



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RBGERSON
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had every year from 75 to 83

Re: GL1100 replacement starter

Postby RBGERSON » Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:33 am

HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
RB

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Re: GL1100 replacement starter

Postby Newport » Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:42 pm

RBGERSON wrote:Rebuild yours??? best choice if it isn't shorted out..

http://www.stockers.com/index.php?cd=Mo ... Motorcycle

or

http://www.dbelectrical.com/c-1988-honda.aspx


To RBGERSON: Thanks for information. I will certainly check existing starter first and determine if I can repair or not.

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Re: GL1100 replacement starter

Postby wingit11 » Thu Jan 03, 2013 11:22 pm

Any shop that rebuilds automotive starters and alternators should be able to rebuild your starter. I had mine rebuilt over 10 years ago and no problems since and much cheaper that a new one.

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Re: GL1100 replacement starter

Postby Newport » Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:57 am

Reply to wingit11
I doubt that you get charged around $90 per hour and sometimes much more for labour in your country.
Getting anything done in a workshop here is outrageous.
I have yet to inspect the starter and may be quite able to repair it myself when I do.
I was just seeking advice on different starters available in case I need to order a replacement.

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Re: GL1100 replacement starter

Postby wingit11 » Fri Jan 04, 2013 2:11 am

Newport wrote:Reply to wingit11
I doubt that you get charged around $90 per hour and sometimes much more for labour in your country.
Getting anything done in a workshop here is outrageous.
I have yet to inspect the starter and may be quite able to repair it myself when I do.
I was just seeking advice on different starters available in case I need to order a replacement.


Looks like not a lot of difference in labor rates. Most shops are in the range of $100 to $120 range here in Canada. Some of the small independant shops may be a little lower. If you can do it yourself, great. Looks like the starter motor is discontinued by Honda here in Canada but most of the parts are still available. Fortunatly I have a good spare sitting on my shelf if I should need it.

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Re: GL1100 replacement starter

Postby Newport » Fri Jan 04, 2013 4:22 am

It is now looking as though I should not have asked original question.
I carried out all manner of tests and was not getting sufficient voltage to the starter motor. Earth had great continuity right to the starter.
I removed connection plug from the starter solenoid and checked both static voltages and with starter button depressed.

Then re-assembled and hey presto it cranks fine. The connections were as clean as new so at the moment it is a mystery.
If it aint broke dont fix it so i will check again tomorrow and if all Ok I will just put this into the "I dont know why basket!"
Thanks for replies folks.




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