83' Gl1100 electrical dead after jumping


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83' Gl1100 electrical dead after jumping

Post by hochstedler2 » Thu May 24, 2018 8:43 pm



Hello, This is my first post and any help would be awesome! I just picked up an 83 gl1100 a couple weeks back and have put a couple hundred miles on it so far. Its been running great. The starter seems like it will need to be rebuilt as every now and then it doesn't want to turn over.I've had it happen once and I was able to jump it with a car battery (not running) and it turned over great. Tonight I was out and I had taken a jumper pack with me just in case I couldn't get it started at some point. Sure enough the I needed to use the jumper pack. I hooked it up and tried to turn over the engine. After hooking it up, I turned the key on and there was no neutral light and nothing at all when I tried to start it. Long story short, I was able to push start the monster and got it running. My turn signals didn't work and the motor was running really sluggish. It felt like it was either getting to much gas or it was missing on some cylinder. It ran fine at low speed and idle but at 55-60 it would start to miss and sputter and seemed like it was just blowing through gas.

I've replaced the dogbone fuse, and tried a battery from a different bike that I know is good. It seems like maybe battery pack blew a fuse or messed with something in the electrical system.

Any ideas would mean the world to me. Thanks for the help!



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Re: 83' Gl1100 electrical dead after jumping

Post by Wilcoy02 » Thu May 24, 2018 9:39 pm

Take spark plugs out one at a time and see if they are firing.
Sounds like a bad coil.

If it turns out it is the coils I recommend putting on a c5 ignition. Coils for 83 are 35 yrs old.

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Re: 83' Gl1100 electrical dead after jumping

Post by DaveO430 » Thu May 24, 2018 9:57 pm

Check the connection on top of the starter solenoid. What you are describing sounds like low voltage, they won't run right without good power to the ignition. Have you checked the stator wiring in front of the battery, the connector melts and looses continuity and doesn't keep the battery charged. The connector should be cut out and the wires need to be soldered.

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Re: 83' Gl1100 electrical dead after jumping

Post by hochstedler2 » Fri May 25, 2018 6:42 am

Thanks so much for the ideas. I'll give them a check today.

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Re: 83' Gl1100 electrical dead after jumping

Post by hochstedler2 » Sun May 27, 2018 7:45 pm

So after tearing the bike apart and searching for loose or fried connections in the ignition system, I tripled checked the new automotive style fuse that I put in place of the dogbone fuse and the connector I had used wasn't making good enough connection. Rewired the new fuse and bingo! Thanks for the help.

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Re: 83' Gl1100 electrical dead after jumping

Post by Wilcoy02 » Sun May 27, 2018 9:22 pm

That's great. It did not cost you anything.

Thanks for letting us know the solution for the next person who has this problem.

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Re: 83' Gl1100 electrical dead after jumping

Post by DaveO430 » Sun May 27, 2018 9:24 pm

hochstedler2 wrote:
Sun May 27, 2018 7:45 pm
So after tearing the bike apart and searching for loose or fried connections in the ignition system, I tripled checked the new automotive style fuse that I put in place of the dogbone fuse and the connector I had used wasn't making good enough connection. Rewired the new fuse and bingo! Thanks for the help.
So the dog bone fuse lasted 30 + years. How long did the "new" fuse last?

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Re: 83' Gl1100 electrical dead after jumping

Post by hochstedler2 » Mon May 28, 2018 7:46 pm

The new fuse is holding well. It was my bad crimp job on the connector to the solenoid so it wasn't making solid contact.

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Re: 83' Gl1100 electrical dead after jumping

Post by WingAdmin » Wed May 30, 2018 8:40 am

hochstedler2 wrote:
Mon May 28, 2018 7:46 pm
The new fuse is holding well. It was my bad crimp job on the connector to the solenoid so it wasn't making solid contact.
That connector handles a massive amount of current. I'd highly recommend running some solder into that crimp as well, to ensure it doesn't happen to you again at an inopportune time far from home.



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