'83 GL1100 aspencade indash volt meter


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'83 GL1100 aspencade indash volt meter

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Aug 10, 2013 7:55 am



good morning people:

i have an '83 honda GL1100A goldwing aspencade with the all digital dash, with the seprate above the digital display radio/clock on the left side and the volt meter on the right side. since i dont have a shop manual for this bike yet, and the volt meter isnt working, does anyone have any schematics on how to remove that section so i can find the wires to get the volt meter to function? any help would be greatly apprecated.

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Re: '83 GL1100 aspencade indash volt meter

Postby virgilmobile » Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:08 am

Going from memory,most of the electrical stuff is protected with fuses.
There located in the wiring rats nest behind the left turn signal.
The fuses are the glass type and live in a plastic clam shell.
I think the fuse for the meter is a 1 amp.

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Re: '83 GL1100 aspencade indash volt meter

Postby BikerBuck » Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:34 am

Remove the for phillip screws to separate dash from fairing to identify volt meter wires.Virgil is right about a rats nest of wires inside the fairing.
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Re: '83 GL1100 aspencade indash volt meter

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sun Aug 11, 2013 10:54 am

thanks guys, i apprecat the help with this.........hey bikerbuck, you and i have the exact same bike, right down to the same colors :)

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Re: '83 GL1100 aspencade indash volt meter

Postby BikerBuck » Sun Aug 11, 2013 11:54 am

They are still a nice looking bike aren't they! I bought mine from my Dad a year and a half ago. He rode till he was about 80. After a lot of TLC it's turned into a sweet ride. Good luck with your volt meter. I've been through mine a lot so might be able to help in future if need be

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Re: '83 GL1100 aspencade indash volt meter

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sun Aug 11, 2013 12:50 pm

well, after takeing everything apart to get to the wireing, you guys are right, its a rats nest in there. theres so many wires, some good, some cut....mostly cut by the preveious owner, at this point i have 3 options, 1-gut the entire fairing wireing, 2-get another volt meter and mount it on somewhere on the fairing, perhaps where the stock one is. 3-go onto ebay and find a complete wire harness and redo the entire fairing wireing.

theres cb wires, radio wires, some wires go nowhere, and wires that go somewhere, lol. its a hell of a mess. half of the wireing is already disconnected and most of the colorcoded wires are gone and different colored wires have been put in. i just finished removing the stock radio, amp, and cb connections, so i wont need those wires. i have installed my radio and speakers from my other bike, so those wires i wont need either. oh, and the clock/radio on the upper left side dont work either lol.

as for the glass fuses, theres only 2 of them behind where the stock radio was, and i have no idea yet what they are connected to. i'll let ya know how i did in a few hours after i get some of this mess fixed.

and to think i traded a nice running fully dressed '81 honda GL500i silverwing interstate for this bike, but............i think after i get all the "kinks" worked out of this one, i'll be much better off beings as i do a lot of highway rideing. this goldwing is much more stable out on the interstate, and has a LOT more power than my s/wing had.

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Re: '83 GL1100 aspencade indash volt meter

Postby virgilmobile » Sun Aug 11, 2013 1:27 pm

There's some behind the left turn signal too.

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Re: '83 GL1100 aspencade indash volt meter

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sun Aug 11, 2013 6:50 pm

hi virgilmobile:

when i removed both speakers, there were only 2 glass fuses behind the radio and the left speaker. i found no other glass fuses or any other type of fuses behind the radio or the speaker on the left or the speaker on the right. like i said before, nothing but cut and spliced wires all over the place. i had everything removed from the left and right sides of the fairing.

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Re: '83 GL1100 aspencade indash volt meter

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:05 am

Ewwww.Fortunatly the wiring usually goes color for color.
Be aware of the difference between blue and light blue.Colors can fade near the connectors.I look back a little on the wires to get the accurate color and stripe.
There are schematic for just about every wiring configuration on this site.
Holler if you don't get it resolved easily.

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Re: '83 GL1100 aspencade indash volt meter

Postby roadwanderer2 » Mon Aug 12, 2013 1:07 pm

hi virgilmoble:

i know that color goes to color, but the only colors that are behind what was the radio and signals are nothing but, red, black, and white. no green, light green, blue, light blue, brown, or any wires with stripes on them, like i said, the old owner did a "hatchet" job on the wireing. case in point......he lost the igniton key, so rather than get another switch, he cut, spliced, and wired in a car ignition switch and installed it into the lower right side of the fairing, and was using a screw driver to jump the starter solinoid which he burned out, so, i put in a push button starter switch and ordered a new solinoid switch. nothing is what its supposed to be on this electrical system. im also ordering a STOCK ignition switch and putting it back where it belongs along with the stock ignition switch wireing loom. in the mean time i have to deal with whats there.

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Re: '83 GL1100 aspencade indash volt meter

Postby BikerBuck » Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:59 pm

take note that the ignition switch for the 83 aspy with digital dash is a bird all its own!

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Re: '83 GL1100 aspencade indash volt meter

Postby David-Mantle » Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:40 pm

BikerBuck wrote:take note that the ignition switch for the 83 aspy with digital dash is a bird all its own!


I also own an 83 GL1100AD and be wary of ordering an ignition switch . The one for the AD model is longer than any other Wing. I Do not think that there is any option but an OEM - I once bought a pattern part over here in UK , it was alleged to be suitable for `83 AD , but turned out not to be. I ended up buying a used switch from the States. Good luck and I hope you locate the right part.
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Re: '83 GL1100 aspencade indash volt meter

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:54 pm

hey bikerbuck: your telling me? lol, trust me, i found out what a mess this is turning out to be. let me tell you what this jack*** did, he cut all the ignition wires that was under the stock housing, pulled all the original color coded ignition switch wires out, ran wires thru the side of the fairing, cut and spliced wires to a car ignition switch and mounted the switch on the lower right side of the fairing with the wires running thru the side of the fairing just in front of the vent duct and behind the headlight. so, now i have an ignition switch with a key hanging down on the right side of the fairing.

let me ask you a question....... i put on a new starter solinoid today, and i was wondering,is it normal for this bike to start only if the clutch lever is pulled in? is this a "safety" thing, or is something not right.

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Re: '83 GL1100 aspencade indash volt meter

Postby BikerBuck » Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:43 pm

Either the clutch has to be pulled in or it has to be in neutral. if starting in neutral does not work it means the diode is bad. should be an easy fix. I think Virgilmobile had a diagram once,I'll see if I can find it. As for the ignition switch, one from an 84 will work.You have to do a rewire. Check the ignition switch post on June 06 2013

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Re: '83 GL1100 aspencade indash volt meter

Postby roadwanderer2 » Thu Aug 15, 2013 6:30 pm

hey bikerbuck:

ya know, i actually perfer to pull the clutch lever in, this way i KNOW its in neutral and it wont jump into gear when i try to start it up. i think im gonna leave it the way it is. i feel safer this way, plus, no one else can just jump on it and try to start it up without pulling the clutch lever in.

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Re: '83 GL1100 aspencade indash volt meter

Postby roadwanderer2 » Thu Aug 15, 2013 7:28 pm

hi david-mantel:

thanks for the "heads-up" about the difference between the aspy and the aspyAD. i'll keep that in mind when i order the ignition switch and the wire loom for it.

stuart, a.k.a. roadwanderer2




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