GL1100 1982-1982 wiring difference

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GL1100 1982-1982 wiring difference

Post by frustration_X_2 » Sat Oct 09, 2010 6:06 pm

Ok, so I'm swapping the engine, bolting everything back into place, excited because I'm going to have wheels again, and *BANG* trouble. (surprise)

My 1982 GL1100 has a single wire coming up on the right side, between the timing belt shield and engine case... neutral switch?
The "new" engine, (that I just found out through the numbers game) is a 1983 GL1100 (SC02E- 2310655)... it doe NOT have a single wire, but has a 6-part wire that terminates in plug (male end).

Help! What in the sand hill do I do with this plug, how do I make this make sence, and How do I make it work.

I really want my bike back, and need one of you G'Wing Guru Guys to help a lost soul.

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Re: GL1100 1982-1982 wiring difference

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Oct 10, 2010 2:47 pm

You got it - it's the neutral switch wire. On the 82, there's one wire, and when the bike is in netural, the neutral switch mounted on the inside of the front cover connects that wire to ground. The wire is black with a red stripe until it hits the red connector, after that it is light green with a blue stripe.

On the 83, the dash can show any of the gears, so there are six wires. Each of those six wires is connected to ground depending what gear the bike is in:

Neutral: Green
1: Yellow
2: White
3: Blue
4: Red
5: Black

So you can either rig up your own gear indicator light just for fun and use all six wires (which is probably what I would do :) ), or just connect the green wire coming out of the engine to the existing wire and let it work the way it used to.

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