Help ! 82 Goldwing GL1100 Interstate Headlight issue


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Help ! 82 Goldwing GL1100 Interstate Headlight issue

Postby Wingman70 » Sun Dec 21, 2014 10:28 am



I have posted earlier about this but couldn't find the thread to add to it. My turn signals weren't at first but was able to resolve that issue. My issue is my headlight low/high beam switch. The turn signal works and horn work, however the headlight does not. I have power to the switch. I have placed a screwdriver across the power going to the low/high beam and the headlight works properly. I have cleaned the contacts on the sliding switch as well as the small board in which the low and high beam connection is. I have even switched out the side of the switch that slides with another one and the same results. I have removed the spring and the contact, cleaned them and reassembled the entire switch and the headlight doesn't work. Does the switch assembly have to be remounted on the handle bar to work properly because I have tried with both switches with no luck. Please help as this and swapping out the tires are the only thing from holding me up from riding !!



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Re: Help ! 82 Goldwing GL1100 Interstate Headlight issue

Postby virgilmobile » Sun Dec 21, 2014 12:08 pm

The switch does not need to be mounted.It has no grounds.
Power simply enters from the wire,goes to the brass "button"...the shorting bar makes contact with it and carries power to the other "button" which connects to the headlight.

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Re: Help ! 82 Goldwing GL1100 Interstate Headlight issue

Postby Wingman70 » Sun Dec 21, 2014 5:25 pm

I understand how the switch is supposed to work, I am trying to figure out what I am missing to check since it doesn't work when I assemble the switch. When placing the screw driver across the connections, I hear it click when I only place it on the high beam side. Any suggestions on what to try next?

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Re: Help ! 82 Goldwing GL1100 Interstate Headlight issue

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Dec 21, 2014 9:31 pm

I went through this with my 82. The switch depends on the handlebar to push it into place and make contact. Over the years it simply wears out. I tried building up the contacts, with no luck. I tried replacing the switch, the new switch worked sometimes, but not always.

I ended up putting a bit of ABS plastic as a shim on the bottom of the switch, in between it and the handlebar. This pushed the switch mechanism together a bit tighter and changed it from totally unreliable to somewhat reliable.

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Re: Help ! 82 Goldwing GL1100 Interstate Headlight issue

Postby Wingman70 » Fri Dec 26, 2014 12:04 pm

WingAdmin wrote:I went through this with my 82. The switch depends on the handlebar to push it into place and make contact. Over the years it simply wears out. I tried building up the contacts, with no luck. I tried replacing the switch, the new switch worked sometimes, but not always.

I ended up putting a bit of ABS plastic as a shim on the bottom of the switch, in between it and the handlebar. This pushed the switch mechanism together a bit tighter and changed it from totally unreliable to somewhat reliable.


I placed a small piece of folded cardboard under the metal clip where the switch slides and makes contact and still not difference whether it is attached to the handle bars or not.. :?:
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Re: Help ! 82 Goldwing GL1100 Interstate Headlight issue

Postby Wingman70 » Fri Dec 26, 2014 12:36 pm

Any idea how to correct this properly or another solid work around?

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Re: Help ! 82 Goldwing GL1100 Interstate Headlight issue

Postby f1xrupr » Fri Dec 26, 2014 3:10 pm

I had the same problem except it was my high beam that quit! It just would absolutely not work-I sanded, scraped, whimpered a little....but with God's help I took a tiny piece of 12oz coper (thickness of coper is referred to by weight-get a small piece from a custom roofer) and mticulusly fabricated a new one. At the edges where it makes contact, I took a punch and made a "bump". Seems kinda silly I guess, but it never made since to me why the original one wouldn't work....now it works super!
My exercise bike is a goldwing.

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Re: Help ! 82 Goldwing GL1100 Interstate Headlight issue

Postby RBGERSON » Sat Dec 27, 2014 8:47 am

Solder a new "bump" in the appropriate place. I fixed a "broken" (the contact worked sometimes and not others..wiggling help)ignition switch that way..won't last for 30 years but maybe 10?? solder is softer and will wear more quickly.


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