going from a glass fuse block to a blade fuse block


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going from a glass fuse block to a blade fuse block

Postby roadwanderer2 » Mon Sep 15, 2014 7:54 pm



I have an 83 GL1100 aspy with the old glass fuses. my question is can I upgrade my bikes glass fuse block system to the newer blade type of fuses. is there a way to install a new fuse block that will accommodate blade fuses and hold extra fuses if I wanted to add more lights and other electrical items without tapping into the current glass fuses. if there is, what kind of a bike should I try to get one from, i.e. GL1500, GL1800?

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Re: going from a glass fuse block to a blade fuse block

Postby Wilcoy02 » Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:33 pm

If your power is from the stator you are very limited to how much more electric you can add or should I say use.
Just putting on another fuse box will not increase your electric generation.
Honda only gave us a little more power than what the bike can produce. So be careful on how much you add.

The solution to a lot of power is to add an alternator on it--otherwise known as a poor mans conversion.

I did the conversion and glad I did as now I have heated clothes and a lot of lights. I just added a blade fuse box for any new items I add to the bike and leave the standard glass fused for the way Honda produced the bike.

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Re: going from a glass fuse block to a blade fuse block

Postby Oldbear » Tue Sep 16, 2014 7:57 am

There are after-market fuse blocks that might fit the bill. A bit of figuring and fitting - presto, you have an updated fuse block.
My wife is the greatest - she won't let me sell my bike - I'm less grumpy when I ride...

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Re: going from a glass fuse block to a blade fuse block

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Sep 16, 2014 8:03 am

hey there oldbear:

any ideas as to where can I find one that's more or less a correct fit for my 83 aspy? regardless, I still would like to upgrade my fuses from old glass to new blade type.

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Re: going from a glass fuse block to a blade fuse block

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Sep 16, 2014 9:57 am

There have been a few people who did just this to their GL1100's. Have a look at these threads:

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=14207

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=14320

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=13326

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Re: going from a glass fuse block to a blade fuse block

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Sep 16, 2014 8:38 pm

hi wingadmin:

I just checked the 3 topics you listed, and I think I might be able to do this (fingers crossed) without too much trouble. yesterday I changed out the voltage reg/rec and what a power difference. the bike has a lot more "pep" in it. it will throttle up to 7grand in every gear without missing a beat. who wudda thunk that changing the reg/rec would make that much of a difference in the power. also, I have another question to ask.........have you ever seen a turn signal relay that is square instead of round on these old aspy's? I think someone might have changed it somewhere down the line, because the wires that are going to it have butt connectors on the ends with a square female plug, and according to the OEM Honda part # (38301-MB0-004) in the diagram, (part # 26), it shows the relay as being round, not square like the one that's ON my bike. I know its the flasher because when I looked at it, I also had the turn signal on and I could feel it "tic" every time the turn signal flashed. im :? . should I change it or leave it. the only reason im questing it, is because I added trailer lights to the bike and it doesn't seem to be flashing strong enough to make the trailer lights visible from the back of the trailer. I have a new camera so I'll be able to take better pic of the flasher and wires and you'll be able to see them clearly, and I'll post them here tomorrow along with the old reg/rec.

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Re: going from a glass fuse block to a blade fuse block

Postby Wilcoy02 » Tue Sep 16, 2014 8:57 pm

Yes a lot of us have changed the flasher unit with an auto flasher unit. Mine is square because it was what was in stock at the auto store when I bought it and put it on my gl1100 several years ago. I also have a trailer with lights I used led's on the trailer. They are bright as the bikes lights.

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Re: going from a glass fuse block to a blade fuse block

Postby roadwanderer2 » Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:03 am

good morning wilcoy:

let me tell you something about those LED light bulbs. I tried them. I put amber ones in for my rear turn signals, and red ones in for my stop/tail light, they were terrible, not only weren't they brighter, but for the signals, you couldn't even tell if they were flashing, and you couldn't even tell my tail/stop light was working. I removed them and put my standard 1157's back in. as far as im concerned, they were a waste of money. I didn't throw them out, im keeping them as "back-up" bulbs in case my regular ones burn out.

now maybe with the new reg/rec they might be brighter, I haven't put them back on the bike to check, but im going to today. MAYBE it'll make a difference. I'll let ya know what I find out.

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Re: going from a glass fuse block to a blade fuse block

Postby roadwanderer2 » Wed Sep 17, 2014 8:34 am

hey ppl's.

ok, here's what the old reg/rec looked like after I removed it from the bike, as you can see, one of the wires and harness connector was burned,(bottom photo) so I cut both ends of the wire from each connector and spliced them together outside of the harness. also you'll notice that the back side of the reg/rec was all blistered, (center photo), a good indication that the reg/rec was definitely on its way out. in the top photo you'll see my new trailer lights. these are simple magnetic mount lights. when I took the trailer out for a "test ride", the first bump I hit, the lights fell off of the fenders, so I had to figure out a way to make them more secure. how I did this was pretty simple really. I unbolted the magnet from the housing, took the housing off the bottom of the lights, drilled a hole in each fender, used 2- 2 1/2" coarse thread bolts, lock washers and nuts to securely fasten them to the rear fenders. I had to unbolt the back end of the fenders and bend them up straight to move the lights closer to the back of the trailer and used 2 brackets I had laying around to make new fender brackets so the fender wouldn't be flopping around every time I went over a bump. I also had to cut the wires from the lights in the center and run them UNDER the trailer using electrical tape and zip ties to tie them all so they wouldn't hang down under the trailer. also had to cut off about 15 feet of connector plug wire and fed it thru the tounge of the trailer to the bike connector. all in all I think it came out pretty nice. next step is to repaint the frame of the trailer so it looks better. btw, the cargo carrier is a sears xcargo roof top carrier that I picked up at a flea market for $20.00 and adapted it to fit the trailer. I DID put the LED bulbs back onto the bike, but it still didn't make any difference, so im going to keep my regular 1157 bulbs in and hang onto the LED bulbs as spares.

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Re: going from a glass fuse block to a blade fuse block

Postby Wilcoy02 » Wed Sep 17, 2014 8:52 am

I have had no luck with led's on the bike itself either. The cargo box makes a great way to take all your stuff with you and not get wet ion the rain.

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Re: going from a glass fuse block to a blade fuse block

Postby roadwanderer2 » Wed Sep 17, 2014 7:08 pm

hey wilcoy:

yeah, I lucked out with this cargo carrier, and it looks good too. I took it to the supermarket this morning and hauled home a months worth of groceries, and a few other "things" I found at my local flea market lol. today my new rear shocks arrived. they are 1 1/4" over stock length and have 5 adjustments. it was a b***h putting them on. I had to remove the side boxes, bumper/trailer hitch, and the trunk rack, and disconnect the signal wires. I have only one complaint about these shocks, even set on the lowest setting, the back of the bike rides very hard and I have to remember to make sure when I stop, that my feet touch the ground. when I took it down from the center stand, I wasn't ready for not being able to put my feet flat on the ground. I had to use my tip toes to hold the bike up lol. I hope with time and mileage these shocks will "wear-in" so I'll get a softer ride from them. it should also be good for towing my trailer, no more worrying about having to put air in the back shocks to prevent it from bottoming out and keep it up with a passenger on the back also. above is a pic of my new rear shocks I put on my bike today. my next major investment for my bike is a windshield wiper. I saw a couple of them on eBay, but they are kind of expensive, but worth every penny as a "safety factor" for riding in the rain.

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Re: going from a glass fuse block to a blade fuse block

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Sep 18, 2014 12:59 pm

My GL1100 had the original round flasher on it when I got it, the flasher died and I replaced it with a square one (electronic), because that's the shape they came in. :) I stretched the rubber band mount thing around it and it fit in there just fine. Sounds like someone has done the same to yours.

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Re: going from a glass fuse block to a blade fuse block

Postby roadwanderer2 » Thu Sep 18, 2014 1:55 pm

hey wingadmin:


that's fine with me, just as long as it keeps on working. but, the downside to this flasher is if I want to replace it, its costs almost 30 bucks :evil: ...........anyway, it was (and still is) a gorgeous day for a bike ride. here's my bike with trailer at the scenic overlook on the dragon. I pull up, shut the bike off and before I can get my helmet off I get bombarded by guys on Harleys, bmw's, motoguzzie's, crotch rockets and other make bikes, (most of them newer and way more expensive than mine), all decked out with custom paint and more chrome than you can imagine, all walking over to look at my classic g/w. its like everywhere I go, I get people asking me all kinds of questions about it and compliments on it. I LOVE IT 8-).

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