How to replace Starter Solenoid on 83 Gl1100 Interstate


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How to replace Starter Solenoid on 83 Gl1100 Interstate

Postby Arcane » Fri Feb 03, 2012 4:02 pm



Hey guys, I think my Starter solenoid has gone out, are there any articles on how to locate and replace it?

Thanks!



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Re: How to replace Starter Solenoid on 83 Gl1100 Interstate

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:57 pm

It's pretty easy to replace - it's right next to the battery, in the same housing that contains your master (dogbone) fuse.

What makes you think it's gone out?

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Re: How to replace Starter Solenoid on 83 Gl1100 Interstate

Postby RBGERSON » Sun Feb 05, 2012 8:12 am

At the rear of the battery..two big wires on top and one four wire plug. If you want to stay OEM..I have used ones for $18 plus shipping about $5. New OEM are around $65 at dealers.
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Re: How to replace Starter Solenoid on 83 Gl1100 Interstate

Postby Arcane » Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:50 pm

I think it has gone out because I have a new battery and I just rebuilt the starter (Because I thought that was the issue), but the bike just "clicks" when I press the starter button, like it's a dead battery.

So I pulled my truck up and put some jumper cables on the battery and it started for a second, but then I just get a "Click" sound again.

It has to be the starter or starter solenoid and I am pretty sure it's not the starter.


I called a local Honda dealership here and they wanted $102 for a new solenoid. That sounds outrageous to me.

Thanks for the input.

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Re: How to replace Starter Solenoid on 83 Gl1100 Interstate

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Feb 06, 2012 8:18 pm

First thing I'd check is ground to frame, remove and clean..Test voltage, ..

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Re: How to replace Starter Solenoid on 83 Gl1100 Interstate

Postby RBGERSON » Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:57 am

take those cables and put them right on the starter stud..positive to stud, negative on the engine. Just for a second or two if the starter spins ..it's OK. If that's good it is a battery or solenoid issue and you can check the battery with a meter just to be sure it's good..at rest you should see 13V+ on it..at least 12.7V's when hitting the starter button it shouldn't drop below 10V's..new batteries can be bad out of the box.

As I said..http://www.westernhonda.com sells then for around $65..or I have working used OEM ones for $18 plus shipping. There are also non OEM ones that can be made to fit..for lawn tractors and old fords, etc.

And they can be taken apart and rebuilt but they are not meant to be rebuilt so it's not a simple process but not too hard either.
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Re: How to replace Starter Solenoid on 83 Gl1100 Interstate

Postby littlebeaver » Tue Feb 07, 2012 6:50 pm

Hey arcane. let us know what the heck it is...RGB is right, jumping direct from the starter stud to the postive post should spin the starter providing you have enough juice, it's a good way to test the starter and it's connection to the stud and also the cable as well. If it doesn't spin, Not enough current or the starter's got problems...

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Re: How to replace Starter Solenoid on 83 Gl1100 Interstate

Postby Rfdmed603 » Sat Mar 29, 2014 1:00 pm

Guys, I have an 81 Interstate. Someone prior to me replaced the OEM solenoid with a newer version (no dog bone, 30 amp blade fuse). Any help with reattaching the four wires to the solenoid? The online diagram isn't real helpful.

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Re: How to replace Starter Solenoid on 83 Gl1100 Interstate

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Mar 30, 2014 6:08 pm

Rfdmed603 wrote:Guys, I have an 81 Interstate. Someone prior to me replaced the OEM solenoid with a newer version (no dog bone, 30 amp blade fuse). Any help with reattaching the four wires to the solenoid? The online diagram isn't real helpful.


Big thick red wire is obviously from the battery, and the big thick black wire goes to the starter motor.

The green/red and yellow/red wires are connected to the solenoid coil, and are used to actuate the solenoid, to cause the starter motor to crank.

The red and red/white wires are feeds to/from the battery. They should be fused - so the battery lead should go through the 30 amp fuse, then into the red and red/white wires.

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