GL1100 poorboy conversion


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GL1100 poorboy conversion

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Mar 17, 2015 7:12 pm



ok, im ready to do a poorboy alternator conversion on my 83 GL1100 aspy. im tired of all the guess work im doing trying to figure out why im not getting the proper voltage with my bike. I've tried changing the r/r, numerous trips to the parts store to use their charging system tester, and getting different readings from different parts of the charging system. I changed the connection for my added on volt meter to no avail. its time to do something to make things easer. forget about trying to get to the stator wires, they are buried so deep behind the motor I cant even SEE them let alone get to them, and I do NOT want to pull this motor off the frame.

does anybody know where I can get an alternator conversion kit for my bike? I don't want to build one, I want a "ready to bolt up" kit that I can take out of the box and install it. im tired of messing around with this problem. I've been working on it on and off for most of the day with no results.

stuart.



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Re: GL1100 poorboy conversion

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Tue Mar 17, 2015 9:26 pm

Hi Stuart,

The alternator/stator wires should be easy enough to locate - fingers crossed they are in a connection in front of the battery compartment under the left hand sidecover. There should be two connections there - just check the three yellow wires going into this connection from the motor - and do the required checks from there..

Might find a common link for you as well in how to diagnose charging issues with motorcycles..

try this link

https://www.electrosport.com/media/pdf/ ... iagram.pdf

cheers

Charlie

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Re: GL1100 poorboy conversion

Postby spiralout » Tue Mar 17, 2015 10:48 pm

Go to Ebay, in the search box type in "GL1100 alternator conversion" and you'll get 0 results.... :P :P :P :lol: :lol: :lol:
Sorry, I just couldn't help myself.
Figure out where the problem is before you start buying parts that may not be the solution.

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Re: GL1100 poorboy conversion

Postby Wilcoy02 » Tue Mar 17, 2015 11:08 pm

Do the conversion to an alternator. One of 2 of the best thing I ever did to my bike.
After you do your bike put together the kit you are looking for. You will make $$$$$$$$$$.

Or contact the one person who does sell the kit.

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Re: GL1100 poorboy conversion

Postby RoadRogue » Wed Mar 18, 2015 1:25 am

How much are you willing to pay for me to build a bolt on kit? 8-)
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Re: GL1100 poorboy conversion

Postby roadwanderer2 » Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:17 am

spiralout wrote:Go to Ebay, in the search box type in "GL1100 alternator conversion" and you'll get 0 results.... :P :P :P :lol: :lol: :lol:
Sorry, I just couldn't help myself.
Figure out where the problem is before you start buying parts that may not be the solution.


trust me, I have gone onto eBay already and looked for it. lol. I do remember seeing one or two of them somewhere, but I cant remember where I saw them.

stuart.

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Re: GL1100 poorboy conversion

Postby roadwanderer2 » Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:19 am

RoadRogue wrote:How much are you willing to pay for me to build a bolt on kit? 8-)



send me a PM and we'll discuss it if your really serious about it, but let me try to find and check the stator wires first.

stuart.

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Re: GL1100 poorboy conversion

Postby Earl43P » Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:01 am

The 3 yellow stator wires should be very easy to find.
Remove the left side cover, look to the front side of the battery holder.
Should be TWO connectors mounted in a bracket.
If there is only one connector, someone probably already soldered the three yellow wires.

Regardless, the stator wires come out of the rear housing grommet and route forward of the battery holder.
If they did them like I did, they are likely enclosed in black heat shrink tubing.

If the connector is still there, cut off the connectors and solder those three wires.
It does not matter which one connects to which.
Then, Inspect the connector that goes to the voltage regulator.
You'll have to remove the faux tank to find that on the left side.
Inspect the same 3 yellow wires/pins/sockets in that connector for evidence of overheating.
I'd clean up those contacts, regardless.
When all else fails, RTFM!

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Re: GL1100 poorboy conversion

Postby roadwanderer2 » Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:10 am

hi earl:

thanks for your reply, and yes, I did find them and someone has already soldered them up doing away with the plug connector. im still trying to get an accurate reading on it, but I don't know how to use this new DVM I bought yesterday. I made some testing's but apparently im not doing it correctly so my readings are incorrect. im waiting for a reply from wingadmin as to how to set and use my DVM to get the right readings.

stuart.

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Re: GL1100 poorboy conversion

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:45 am

Here this may help a little..viewtopic.php?t=4010. Use the search engine it can answer some of your questions...I do it all the time....

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Re: GL1100 poorboy conversion

Postby roadwanderer2 » Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:49 am

littlebeaver wrote:Here this may help a little..viewtopic.php?t=4010. Use the search engine it can answer some of your questions...I do it all the time....


hey littlebeaver, I saw that link and looked at it, but I still don't know where to put my neg probe, do I put it on the neg side of the battery or simply ground it to the bike's frame somewhere.

stuart.

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Re: GL1100 poorboy conversion

Postby Wilcoy02 » Thu Mar 19, 2015 12:00 pm

ground to frame or battery it does not matter.

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Re: GL1100 poorboy conversion

Postby roadwanderer2 » Thu Mar 19, 2015 12:31 pm

Wilcoy02 wrote:ground to frame or battery it does not matter.


ok, i'll try that after I read what setting to put my DVM onto again and maybe a few times for it to "sink in" :? . for some reason I cant comprehend how to use this freakin meter. I HATE DOING ELECTRICAL WORK :x. once it stops raining, im going to ride over to my friend at the parts store and ask him to help me with this. he's very knowledgeable when it comes to bike electronics. im sure between the both of us we can figure something out.

I want to thank all you guys for your help with this. im gonna end this topic while the getting out is still good and I don't embarrass myself any further.

stuart.

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Re: GL1100 poorboy conversion

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Mar 19, 2015 12:47 pm

roadwanderer2 wrote:
Wilcoy02 wrote:ground to frame or battery it does not matter.


ok, i'll try that after I read what setting to put my DVM onto again and maybe a few times for it to "sink in" :? . for some reason I cant comprehend how to use this freakin meter. I HATE DOING ELECTRICAL WORK :x. once it stops raining, im going to ride over to my friend at the parts store and ask him to help me with this. he's very knowledgeable when it comes to bike electronics. im sure between the both of us we can figure something out.

I want to thank all you guys for your help with this. im gonna end this topic while the getting out is still good and I don't embarrass myself any further.

stuart.


Have a read through my article: Electricity 101 Part 3: Using Multimeters

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Re: GL1100 poorboy conversion

Postby RoadRogue » Thu Mar 19, 2015 12:51 pm

spiralout wrote:Go to Ebay, in the search box type in "GL1100 alternator conversion" and you'll get 0 results.... :P :P :P :lol: :lol: :lol:
Sorry, I just couldn't help myself.
Figure out where the problem is before you start buying parts that may not be the solution.


Bwahahahaha 8-)


Ride safe, Todd
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