GL1100 Discolor wiring

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GL1100 Discolor wiring

Postby jbmorris2001 » Fri Oct 03, 2014 9:13 am

well I noticed this this problem last year when I was having to work on the 3 lines that go to the generator. I had to clip out the connectors and replaced them all 3 of them. Well I thought that I had the problem fixed as I thought it was just from loss connectors till yesterday.

I have just moved to GA southern GA at that and have not really had time to get the bike out in the last month so I thought I would go for a ride. Well I talk the wife into going and it bit me in the butt. We were on the way back home as I was losing power, so I started pulling fuses trying, BEGGING just to make it to alot closer to the house. Well it work a little bit, I think I got about another 5 to 10 miles closer, but that still left me about 15 to 20 from home. After about a hour we got home and still had to go back and get the bike.

Any Help on this problem would be great as it is fix the real problem, or this will be the last bandand my baby gets.


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Re: GL1100 Discolor wiring

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Oct 03, 2014 12:30 pm

Discolor ...Datcolor....
It's that way from heat.
Heat caused by poor/corroded connections.
Yes I see the 3 yellow wires,however they appear to be in a crimp connection.
Without getting technical,you must scrape/clean the oxidation from all the strands of the wires your splicing then flow solder into the splice.
If you try to solder that wire,solder will not stick to much of it,rendering it almost useless
The 2 big red wires on the start solenoid....Personally I'd cut them back a few inches and solder a large blade fuse holder to them(30 amp) and connect the other end to either the battery post or the battery cable on the solenoid.
The solenoid may still be only need the 2 small wires toward the back to operate it.
A abandon the 2 front connections and dog bone fuse.
Cut the butt splices off and clean the copper.recrimp and hand solder each one then insulate them.
Look at the regulator plug while your can corrode also.

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Re: GL1100 Discolor wiring

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Oct 03, 2014 2:32 pm

Incidentally - you're lucky you stopped when you did. The way things were melting, you could have had a short/electrical fire if you had gone much longer.

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Re: GL1100 Discolor wiring

Postby jbmorris2001 » Fri Oct 03, 2014 3:18 pm

The Discoloring is over time that is what has me worried. I'm use to seeing it in wires look like that from a quick short that burns the wires, and then blows the fuse. I like the idea of pulling the wires off the solenoid so there is less load, plus if this wires go where I think then it would make better since to do it.

Off to the store to get connectors, splices, fuse lines, and wire to start this off. Please keep the ideas coming as I need them to get all this put back together.


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