no spark on 1980 1100


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mustangcar
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no spark on 1980 1100

Postby mustangcar » Mon Jun 14, 2010 1:29 pm



is there some tests i can perform to rule out cdi box,,, going to try to run 12v to + on coils first then clean starter switch inside,,iv worked on points but never on cdi/pulsator combo,, iam a newbie on Goldwings, i did a full resto on a cb750k redid all the harness to keyless ignition, now i have just bought two wings one is a 78 and the 80 both need full restortation, i think i should stick with the 78 to restore for now, both bikes have low mileage on them wonder if i can convert the 1980 back to points ,,any advice? thanks



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Re: no spark on 1980 1100

Postby leanjoe » Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:11 pm

cant check CDI box,have to check everything around it. Check coils and spark units first.Do you have ignition,do lights come on when key turned, if not ,check ground wire behind left motor mount,a common prob on these.. Sounds like you've done this before though,good luck. I say forget the points,I re-did a 75GL,easier to replace points,condenser etc.. but now I have an 82 Aspencade, all I have to do is look at the starter button and it fires off !

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Re: no spark on 1980 1100

Postby mustangcar » Mon Jun 14, 2010 6:05 pm

Thanks leanjoe,i do have lights, neutral light works,bike has around 14,000 miles,,i rigged up the cb750(points ign) with a voltage meter directly to the hot wire going to the coils,so when riding you know exactly how many volts are on the coils and of course tells you state of charging system, its a cool simple mod,, points are so simple no expensive cdi box to deal with, yeah they need a little more attention but the simplicity is what i like, i'll try to work on the wing tomorrow,,thens theres the single carb setup i want to get into oh boy will i have fun :shock:, in the end it'll be worth it,enjoy your Wing!!

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Re: no spark on 1980 1100

Postby mustangcar » Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:23 pm

well found the igniton transistors both with melted epoxy ,,hmm does this year wing have mechanical timing advance or electronic?,,read up on a site on some using the 4 pin gm module with gm coils to control spark on a early 80's cb750,this setup only works if its mechanical advance,,thanks
heres that site http://home.comcast.net/~loudgpz/GPZweb ... vCoil.html

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Re: no spark on 1980 1100

Postby leanjoe » Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:06 pm

Some guys dig out the old **** and pour in new epoxy. Not sure about an 80, my 82 has vacuum advance to #3 carb.

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Re: no spark on 1980 1100

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:08 pm

Yup, the potting compound does tend to melt out of those igniters after all these years. No problem though, they still work perfectly - just clean out the tarry mess as best you can, mix up some epoxy, pour it in, let it cure, and you'll be good to go for another 30 years.

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Re: no spark on 1980 1100

Postby mortiki » Tue Jul 06, 2010 8:20 pm

,hmm does this year wing have mechanical timing advance or electronic?

I am not sure about and '80 but my clymer ('75 - '83) in the '80 -'83 addition says it has mechanical and Vacuum advance.


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