'82 1100 Interstate Main Fuse


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'82 1100 Interstate Main Fuse

Postby ghstrdr » Fri May 14, 2010 11:55 pm



I have an '82 Goldwing 1100 Interstate. Headlight, brake light, and auxialliary lighting wasn't working. Signal lights worked fine. I changed fuses in the box under the false tank, but I think I blew the main fuse trying to start it up. The headlight worked briefly, but not the rear lights. I need to replace the main fuse, but the local shop is saying $97.00 for a new one, plus the plastic wire harness is broken/melted. I'm assuming that the main fuse and the starter relay are the same thing. I've read that I can replace the entire unit with a 30amp marine version blade type fuse for much less money. Does anyone have any suggestions, step-by-step, etc.? I can't get an inspection until I get these lights working. I can send pics if needed.

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Re: '82 1100 Interstate Main Fuse

Postby WA9FWT » Sat May 15, 2010 10:30 am

ghstrdr wrote:I have an '82 Goldwing 1100 Interstate. Headlight, brake light, and auxialliary lighting wasn't working. Signal lights worked fine. I changed fuses in the box under the false tank, but I think I blew the main fuse trying to start it up. The headlight worked briefly, but not the rear lights. I need to replace the main fuse, but the local shop is saying $97.00 for a new one, plus the plastic wire harness is broken/melted. I'm assuming that the main fuse and the starter relay are the same thing. I've read that I can replace the entire unit with a 30amp marine version blade type fuse for much less money. Does anyone have any suggestions, step-by-step, etc.? I can't get an inspection until I get these lights working. I can send pics if needed.

Thanks.

Welcome from WI and to this site. This is a simple fix for your main fuse (dog bone ) looks like one .You can obtain a inline fuse holder from Radio Shack Part # 270-015 sells for less then $3.00.... Install a 30amp fuse, wire it in, and problem taken care of.

Also check the three wires coming out of the alternator and see if you still have the connector assy there. If you do, get rid of the connector.Take the three wires and solder them togather, shrink tube them, tape and secure to the frame. Beleive me if you have the connector still in line one day it will fail for sure....

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Re: '82 1100 Interstate Main Fuse

Postby WingAdmin » Sat May 15, 2010 7:57 pm

Yup, you can see the fuse holder here: Replace main fuse

But if you replace it and it blows again, you've got a problem - there's a reason why it's blowing, and you need to find out what that reason is before you end up melting wire, or worse, lighting the bike on fire.
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Re: '82 1100 Interstate Main Fuse

Postby WA9FWT » Sat May 15, 2010 10:30 pm

WingAdmin wrote:Yup, you can see the fuse holder here: Replace main fuse

But if you replace it and it blows again, you've got a problem - there's a reason why it's blowing, and you need to find out what that reason is before you end up melting wire, or worse, lighting the bike on fire.


I guess your right to find why it is blowing, in that case one could put a circuit breaker in line and trace the wires were they get warm when drawing over amperage.I have used this trick in years past.

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Re: '82 1100 Interstate Main Fuse

Postby raycw » Mon May 24, 2010 1:53 pm

The main fuse (normally called the 'dogbone') is apt to blow due to age. The just get weak after so many years of use.
Go ahead and solder the spade fuse setup in... make sure to use some shrink tubing over the solder joints and install a new fuse. Then, if it blows again, you've got a problem.


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