Electrics


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gl1100goldwingman
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1989 GL 1500

Electrics

Postby gl1100goldwingman » Sun Dec 11, 2011 10:58 pm



hi
im having problems with my gl1100 aspencade power at the moment i have added some light bars but my bike isnt able to charge enough power to run them after about half an hour the bike dies through lack of power when i turn the extra lights off my battery moniter tells me its running on 14.2 amps the minute my lights are on its down to 11.00 amps any suggestions please



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NKYWinger
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2003 GL1800

Re: Electrics

Postby NKYWinger » Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:41 am

since the charging reserve was marginal, at best, with the stock electrics, it's sounds like you need to start converting bulbs to LED's. Most guys find a really good selection at superbrightleds.com
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Re: Electrics

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Dec 12, 2011 10:51 am

It's volts, not amps that you're voltmeter is reading, and yes, the problem is that your bike can't handle the additional electrical load.

On my 1100, I was able to put two 35-watt driving lights (I used 35-watt H4 lights, standard 55-watt ones were too much for it to handle) and this worked well - however, I had to replace my running, brake and turn signals with LEDs in order to gain enough power reserve to do it.

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Re: Electrics

Postby RoadRogue » Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:45 pm

By converting all 4 of your 1157 bulbs to LED bulbs you will free up enough power to run a pair of 55watt driving lights or a pair of 35watt driving lights and heated grips and heated vest(just my experience).
If you absolutely must run more electrical devices than your Stator can feed ,you will have to go with a "Poorboy" type of conversion. Thats grafting a car alternator onto your bike to supply alot more charging power.If you were running a 1200 you could just buy the kit,but you are running a 1100 so you will have to build your own.
If this sounds like something you would like to do here is the link on how I did this conversion
http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/vie ... 3366&forum

hope this helps you some. Ride Safe, Todd
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gl1100goldwingman
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Re: Electrics

Postby gl1100goldwingman » Tue Dec 13, 2011 4:52 am

thanks RoadRogue will take a look

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Re: Electrics

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Dec 13, 2011 12:31 pm

I have all the lights (apart from headlight and dash illumination lights) on my 1100 changed to LED's. With the power freed up by that, I have enough power to run:

2 x 35 watt driving lights
XM satellite radio
GPS
Phone charger
Bluetooth
Heated gloves & boot insoles




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