Starter relay wiring problem


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Starter relay wiring problem

Postby silverider » Sun Oct 30, 2011 10:56 am



Good morning all

I just changed the starter on my 1983 GL1100 without a hitch. I did get a surprise when I took out the old starter and about a pint of engine oil came gushing out of the hole. Is this normal?
My problem, however, is I decided to tidy up the wiring to the starter relay (which I replaced last year) I pulled out the 4-wire plug and found it wasn't a plug but a plastic cover for 4 spade tips.
I don't know which terminal the wires came off.
Can some kind individual send me a picture or explicit instructions to connect these back up? I have a red, red/white, green/red and yellow/red wires.
Thanks a lot for the help



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Re: Starter relay wiring problem

Postby silverider » Sun Oct 30, 2011 12:07 pm

I found a photo of my starter relay (shown below) If someone could just help me with what spadetip goes on which connector, I be a happy camper
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Re: Starter relay wiring problem

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:20 am

That's not an original GL1100 solenoid.

That said, it's fairly easy to figure out what connects where, using a volt/ohm meter.

The screw terminals are for the starter. One goes to the positive terminal on the battery, the other goes to the starter.

Two of the spade terminals will be connected together, and connected to one side of the 30 amp fuse. So measure the resistance between each of the terminals and one of the screw terminals. One of the screw terminals will not have any connection to any of the spade terminals - that's the one that connects to the starter solenoid. The other screw terminal will be connected to two of the spade terminals. That screw terminal connects to the positive battery post. The two spade terminals that it has continuity with connect to the red/white and the red wires (doesn't matter which goes where, they both connect to the same thing inside the solenoid).

The other two terminals connect to the coil of the solenoid. They should not have continuity with either screw terminal, and you will measure a few ohms between them (across the coil). They connect to the green/red and yellow/red wires (again, doesn't matter which is which, the coil is not polarity sensitive).

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Re: Starter relay wiring problem

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:22 am

Here's a diagram of what you're working with:

GL1100 solenoid wiring
GL1100 solenoid wiring

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Re: Starter relay wiring problem

Postby silverider » Mon Oct 31, 2011 6:42 pm

Thanks for help
I don't have an ohm meter but I can hook up the battery lead and trace the circuit with my test lamp to find which two are connected internally to the battery post.

Thanks again

Ted

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Re: Starter relay wiring problem

Postby scotterichmond » Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:02 am

silverider,
I know this is off subject,but WHAT THE HECK IS ON THE FRONT OF THAT BIKE IN YOUE AVITAR?

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Re: Starter relay wiring problem

Postby silverider » Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:23 pm

You're the first one to notice !
I reverse triked it with two wheels on the front, just after CAN_Am advertised the Syder but before they had one on the road.
It started out with original GL1100 wheels but later changed to 14" auto tires. I had trouble with steering in a straight line. It wanted to follow cracks in the road, etc. After 2 years of playing with it, I gave up and it is now back on two wheels.
It was a lot of fun and got a lot of looks. I even had a guy do a U-turn behind me and follow me home to look at it.

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Re: Starter relay wiring problem

Postby silverider » Fri Nov 04, 2011 8:11 pm

Hey guys. It finally warmed up enough to go out to the garage and work on the bikes.
I followed your advice and plugged the wires in and away it went!
New starter spins the engine FAST!
Great job guys. Thanks a lot
This is a great forum!

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