Is solenoid disassembly possible?

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Is solenoid disassembly possible?

Post by mytown » Wed May 01, 2013 10:48 am

Can the solenoid on a '82 GL1100I be taken apart so as to get to the internal contacts? The reason I ask is mine is bad and I'd like to clean it up inside but I remember trying to do this with an '82 GL500 solenoid and I basically destroyed it. Note the two broken wires on the left:

The solenoid shell had a top and bottom, but from what I could tell, the top could not be pried up enough to get to the contacts without the wires breaking. I don't know if the GL1100 is the same. If it is, maybe someone knows how to open one without breaking the wires.

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Re: Is solenoid disassembly possible?

Post by virgilmobile » Wed May 01, 2013 11:19 am

I'm a firm believer that if I own it,I can do with it whatever I like.Even if i destroy it.
With that in mind,if it's your only option,go for it.the worst that can happen is you'll have to replace it.
Generally speaking,the solenoids are held together by a rivited cap.Drill out the rivits,fix the problem and replace the rivits with appropiate sized bolts and nuts.
If its a crimped shell,bend the lip enough to gut it out then tap the crimp back after repairs.
Trust me,I have destroyed a few things this way but I also have salvaged expensive assemblies too.
I always have a backup plan before I start tho.Just in case :D

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Re: Is solenoid disassembly possible?

Post by SteveB123 » Wed May 01, 2013 1:54 pm

i tried taking mine apart, but I had a new Ricks Motorsport one enroute.
No luck taking the old one apart with any hope of getting it back together.

The copper contactor points looked like someone was arc welding with them.

The Ricks version has the 30 amp blade fuse already done.....and an integrated spare. Sllllick.
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