Electrical/wiring info needed gl1100I 81


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Electrical/wiring info needed gl1100I 81

Postby RBGERSON » Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:46 pm



I am installing..well attempting to install an after market radio tuner and amp in my GL1100I. I have figured out the hot lead and a good ground point int he left fairing pocket. But this new turner needs a constant hot lead for the radio presets. I assume that in the main connector from the bike to the fairing there is a hot lead even when the key is off..Since the original GL1100I with a radio had presets. So does anyone know which wire/contact in the connector is always hot.


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Re: Electrical/wiring info needed gl1100I 81

Postby D2D » Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:49 pm

Here's the wiring diagram for 80 -82 GL1100

http://www.goldwingdocs.com/Docs/Honda% ... -0E111.jpg

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Re: Electrical/wiring info needed gl1100I 81

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Jan 17, 2012 4:51 pm

My 83 has,behind the left turnsignal,the fuseholders for battery power and ignition.
Take a look under the 'manuals' tab for the honda clarion radio install manual.It may lead you to what you need for wiring.

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Re: Electrical/wiring info needed gl1100I 81

Postby RBGERSON » Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:53 pm

I have the wiring diagram but It's mostly Greek to me..I get where the wires go and what they do but now how I can tell if there is a hot lead even when the ignitions off.

I'll check the install for the clarion..seems like you are right..must be a hot lead in there someplace..hope I can tells witch one it is from the diagrams...

Ok, I looked and still can't tell where the always hot lead is..I assume it's just part of one of the plugs they talk about but they don't say this is for keeping your presets..or this is always hot.
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Re: Electrical/wiring info needed gl1100I 81

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:17 pm

RBGERSON wrote:I have the wiring diagram but It's mostly Greek to me..I get where the wires go and what they do but now how I can tell if there is a hot lead even when the ignitions off.

I'll check the install for the clarion..seems like you are right..must be a hot lead in there someplace..hope I can tells witch one it is from the diagrams...

Ok, I looked and still can't tell where the always hot lead is..I assume it's just part of one of the plugs they talk about but they don't say this is for keeping your presets..or this is always hot.


I believe the "always hot" wire is orange in the 1100, if memory serves. If you hook up a voltmeter between the orange and ground (any bare piece of metal on the frame) you should see +12V when the ignition is turned off.

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Re: Electrical/wiring info needed gl1100I 81

Postby RBGERSON » Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:54 am

Thanks I'll give it a try..

PS which not witch..above in my last post..I wish I could edit posts forever..hate when I make stupid mistakes..damn fat fingers and spell check.

I checked the wiring diagram and Orange goes to lights so not hot all the time. But I did find a wiring page in the manual just the audio wiring diagram 19-13 and it shows only two wires a bl and a r the red had two fuse 1amp and .05 amp seems like a hot line just for presets..I'll be putting a meter on it and see what happens..

I went back to the main wiring diagram and found that the red wire does in deed go from "P-9", the main fairing connector, to the ignition tab marked battery so I do believe it's hot...when the sun comes up I'll give it a try. It's a direct line with no other connections to it. It's on 18-40 of the manual and is on the big connector right behind the headlight in the diagram and at the bottom of the connector..the "R" wire.

Hope this info helps someone else in the future.
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Re: Electrical/wiring info needed gl1100I 81

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jan 18, 2012 1:24 pm

You're correct. I pulled up the schematic, the red wire goes from the solenoid to the 6 position ignition connector, where it splits off and heads to the fairing. On my 82 1100 Aspencade, it goes through the main fairing connector, then through an in-line 2 amp fuse. From there it goes through another 2 position connector (along with a black wire). At that point it splits and goes through a three-position connector. It then goes through a 0.2A inline fuse, and into the radio tuner to maintain the radio memory. It is solid red the entire run, so it's reasonably safe to say that in the 1100 these colors are universal for wires:

Red: +12V at all times
Black: +12V when ignition is "ON"
Light Green/Blue: +12V when ignition is "ON" or in "ACC"
Green: Ground

There are a couple places in the radio harness where a black wire carries +12V in "ON" and in "ACC" which breaks the universal color code, but that's the only place I can see this.

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Re: Electrical/wiring info needed gl1100I 81

Postby RBGERSON » Thu Jan 19, 2012 5:13 am

Thanks..I figured out the red wire but the black still had me confused..I'll have to learn how to read schematics someday..but that all helps now I can hook up my new system using real connectors. Red to preset's wire and black for the ignition on, instead of running wires to various other hot spots.

Summary:
Good info for the future..the little two wire black connector with a red and black wire in the left pocket of the 1100 fairing
is an always hot red wire for radio or whatever presets and the black is power on only when ignition is in the bike's running position.

I will hook it today and see how it sounds and holds presets!!! Of course now I have to find a matching two pin connector for that junction... :lol:
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Re: Electrical/wiring info needed gl1100I 81

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:27 am

RBGERSON wrote:I will hook it today and see how it sounds and holds presets!!! Of course now I have to find a matching two pin connector for that junction... :lol:


You can find GL1100 connectors at http://www.vintageconnections.com/

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Re: Electrical/wiring info needed gl1100I 81

Postby RBGERSON » Fri Jan 20, 2012 8:44 am

Success..it sounds great, HD radio and nice amp.


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