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pulse generators

Post by dano955 » Tue Jan 08, 2013 5:37 pm

how do you test pulse generator on 1985 GL 1200- i have read several forms but just do not seem to get it if anyone have pic. i can figure it out/ i bought a parts bike a couple years ago can you test them while they are out thanks

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Re: pulse generators

Post by hotwire » Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:31 pm

Hey friend, just saw your post and I am actually dealing with the same issue. I also have an '85 Aspencade 1200. I have a Honda factory manual that says to ohm the generators, and they should read 1200 ohms plus or minus 100, but that is for the '84 models, which use a different pulse generator. According to what I can find out, the ''85 - '87 models should read about 300 ohms plus or minus around 10 per cent. Now I don't want to be presumptuous, and may be telling you something you already know...... but in case .... the four pin connector has two pairs of wire, blue and white, for cylinders 3 & 4. The other pair are yellow and white for cylinders 1 & 2, ACCORDING to my manual. Ohm one set with a good meter that has multi- ranging so you know the readings are correct, by probing across the pair (if this is confusing, and you have them out), you can look at each separate one to figure which pair is which. If they read o.k., then check the other pair of wires in the connector for approx. the same reading. If either one is out of specs, I would say replace them. You can leave your meter on the connector and pass the small pick-up past a piece of metal, (within about the thickness of a match book cover), and the generator should momentarily go open, and then return to original reading. I took my bike apart and removed the pulse generators to check them and one of them out of the pair read open, and the other read 323 ohms. After I passed the questionable one over a piece of metal several times, it would sometimes try to read, and I believe that is why my bike sometimes backfires, sputters, and dies, then starts back up in just a few minutes. The one is probably breaking down under the heat, after all, they're almost thirty yrs. old. The O.E.M. Honda part # is 30300-ML8-680, and my local Honda dealer can still get new sets for about $130.00, but I found a set online for less. Man, I hope this helps. If you have NOT taken your bike apart yet, I would try to check them on the bike. The four pin connector is in front of the voltage regulator under the top cover on left side of bike. Remember four wires, blue, yellow, and two whites. If one reads open circuit, rotate engine just a bit to take it off crank target. To take them out, gotta drain radiator and remove to pull timing belt covers, but is a good opportunity to check the belts. Again, hope this helps. P.S. According to our friend on this forum, Virgilmobile, if your bike is acting like mine, you may also want to check the ignition coils! Good Luck, Hotwire.

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