83 GL1100A - power issue


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83 GL1100A - power issue

Postby bfrawley » Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:08 am



I have an 83 GL1100 Aspencade. I am having a strange electrical issue. I was riding it the other day and the dash started acting funny. The gear display kept flickering to "N" and the tach was going a little haywire. I made it home and before I shut it off I saw the green "Neutral" light pulsing like there was a bad ground or something. I shut it off with the key and turned the key back on to try and start her to see if there was still a problem and it was completely dead. No lights, no gauges, no radio. I let it sit for a few minutes and went back to look at it again and it was fine. Then yesterday took it out for a quick spin and it was running fine. I pulled in the garage and shut it off with the kill switch, and the entire bike went dead again. No gauges, lights, or radio. I left the key on and started checking the battery terminals and ground thinking it was something like that. My neighbor came over and we BS'd for a few minutes and then just out of the blue she came back to life.

Any suggestions on where to start? It almost seems like something is heating up, shorting, and then corrects itself when it cools off. I know there is a main "fuse pack" back by the battery and at first glance looked awfully corroded. Could that cause the problem?



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Re: 83 GL1100A - power issue

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Jun 06, 2011 2:11 pm

On the starter relay,right side of the battery,is a dog-bone fuse.Pull the 4 wire plug and open the cover to expose it.Replace the fuse link with an automotive type 30 amp waterproof fuseholder and fuse.This is a common fail point and is the main feed line.Also,if it hasn't been done already,cut off the plug with 3 yellow wires on it(left side of the battery)and hard wire it direct.It's the stator wires and also prone to fail.

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Re: 83 GL1100A - power issue

Postby bfrawley » Tue Jun 07, 2011 7:47 am

Thanks for the reply. I looked at this last night and I think that may be where the problem is. There was a lot of corrosion on one of the contacts and the fuse looks pretty brittle. If I choose to convert it to a blade fuse, should I just wire on to the terminals in the fuse box or tap the wires before the box?

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Re: 83 GL1100A - power issue

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:39 am

Use a fuseholder rated for 30 amp and keep the wires as short as possible.Add 2 lug rings and secure under the 2 screws.This is the easiest method.
If the corrosion cannot be cleaned up satisfactorily,you can cut the 2 wires(white/red and red)tie them together and the other end goes to the battery lug.See the pix.
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Re: 83 GL1100A - power issue

Postby bfrawley » Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:49 am

Thanks. So either way will work. Gotcha.

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Re: 83 GL1100A - power issue

Postby bfrawley » Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:56 am

The fuse was broken but it was still barely touching when it was in the holder.


I cleaned up the contacts and wired in the 30 amp automotive fuse.


I notched out the door so that it would still close and the tab would still hold the plug in place.


I took her for a ride last night and to work this morning. So far so good.

Thanks for your help!!!!

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Re: 83 GL1100A - power issue

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Jun 08, 2011 3:21 pm

Yet another success story,thanks for the pix too :D .If you haven't already,bypass the stator plug(3 yellow wires,left of battery),it's a known weak spot,even if it looks good,cut it off .

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Re: 83 GL1100A - power issue

Postby bfrawley » Wed Jun 08, 2011 3:26 pm

I have not. You suggest just hard wiring them?

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Re: 83 GL1100A - power issue

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jun 08, 2011 4:49 pm

bfrawley wrote:I have not. You suggest just hard wiring them?


It's pretty much a necessity:

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