Rewiring on a GL1100A


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Rewiring on a GL1100A

Postby kajunmisfitt » Thu Feb 19, 2015 3:24 am



Hello all:
Been a while since I have been on here, so I hope and pray all has been well with everyone. Since I lefted I no longer have the 83' GL1100A, But I do have a questine !!!!!
I am having trouble with my lighting on my 82,' I added a light bar on the bottom of the saddle bags and we got it working. We removed the trailor hitch and used the wiring that was being used for that to get the light bar working. Also the tail light/brakelight does not work at least the park light side. The brakes works when I use the brakes to stop. But now it has stop working and the headlight works when it wants to. We found that one wire does not work on the trailor wiring horness. The headlight comes on/off sometimes and sray off the rest of the time.
What I am wondering is how much of a headache to rewire this bike from top to bottom. What color of wiring should I use thought about white,black brown and maybe geeen. Please help !!!!! How many hiurs are we looking at too do this, I kniw it is going to be off and on type of deal. Thanks



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Re: Rewiring on a GL1100A

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Feb 19, 2015 9:33 am

Use the original wiring.I find that wires don't go bad.electrical problems are usually associated with bad connections.Either in a splice,grounding or switches.Invest in a DVM to be able to trace your problems.A test light is helpful too.

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Re: Rewiring on a GL1100A

Postby kajunmisfitt » Thu Feb 19, 2015 8:18 pm

Sorry, don't know what DVM stands for

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Re: Rewiring on a GL1100A

Postby roadwanderer2 » Thu Feb 19, 2015 8:29 pm

just a guess here but DVM= digital volt meter?.........you can find entire wiring harness on eBay if you search for it. type in the searchbox........."1982 Honda gl 1100",(or what ever size and model your bike is, std, interstate or aspencade), and it should bring up some pages with wire harnesses some complete, some sections of them. if you want to narrow your search, type in "82 Goldwing rear tail/stop light wire harness" or same thing for your left and right signal wire harnesses.

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Re: Rewiring on a GL1100A

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Feb 19, 2015 9:08 pm

Yes..a digital volt meter...usually can be had for less than $20 for general purpose use.
I mainly use one to locate poor grounds and bad switches and voltage drop (loss) in wiring and connections...They will display a very small voltage drop indicating a poor connection.
A test lamp simply lights up..good enough to locate a power circuit,just not how good it is..

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Re: Rewiring on a GL1100A

Postby roadwanderer2 » Thu Feb 19, 2015 9:17 pm

thank you Virgil :).

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Re: Rewiring on a GL1100A

Postby kajunmisfitt » Sat Feb 21, 2015 3:14 am

I must be having a brain fart, I knew that. Sorry, not very good with the electrical stuff just enough to screw things up. But what I was thinking of was rewiring the whole bike. Just wondering if this is too time consuming. Tired of one thing working then get something fixed then something else pops up. I know with these bikes as old as they are these thing are too be expected. My freind was thinking of bylassing the problem area and putting the light bar on a toggle switch instead of gojng the other route and wiring everything over. Thanks

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Re: Rewiring on a GL1100A

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Feb 21, 2015 7:44 am

yes, you could do that. I did the same thing when I wired in my rear bumper lights. I ran the wires to the + and - side of the battery then to a toggle switch mounted on the lower right side of the fairing, but if you want it to work correctly, you'll have to also run a + wire from the switch to one of the fuses under the false tank so it only can be turned on when the bike's power is turned on with the ignition switch.

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Re: Rewiring on a GL1100A

Postby littlebeaver » Sat Feb 21, 2015 1:25 pm

I used a relay and inline fuses for the lightbar on my Nomad, but that's just me....(toggle switch..)
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Re: Rewiring on a GL1100A

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Feb 21, 2015 1:57 pm

hey, that's kewl, what ever makes it work right?

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Re: Rewiring on a GL1100A

Postby kajunmisfitt » Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:31 pm

Thanks, I did not think about the inline fuse. Good thought to protect the rest of the system. Will do

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Re: Rewiring on a GL1100A

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:31 am

littlebeaver wrote:I used a relay and inline fuses for the lightbar on my Nomad, but that's just me....(toggle switch..)


im sorry, I forgot to mention I bought a spade inline fuse for the toggle switch and installed it between the switch and the battery.

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Re: Rewiring on a GL1100A

Postby littlebeaver » Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:37 am

No relay,, gotta have a relay..... :lol:

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Re: Rewiring on a GL1100A

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:42 am

littlebeaver wrote:No relay,, gotta have a relay..... :lol:


wires and circuits and relays OH MY :lol:.

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