3 yellow wire fix


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3 yellow wire fix

Postby tbeiler » Fri Feb 28, 2014 7:36 am



Thought I would get to doing this so its ready when good weather rolls in. I've read many of these threads and found that some use 14 guage wire and others use 18 guage wire to splice in and get rid of connector. What size wire is original on an 86 Aspencade. Is there a reason why or why not to go with one or the other. What length is best suited, so I know what to buy. Many thanks.



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Re: 3 yellow wire fix

Postby Fatwing Chris » Fri Feb 28, 2014 8:27 am

If you're not going to stay with the original size go bigger.Been a while,but I think it came with 14 G so if anything go 12 G.There is no real need or advantage to going bigger and sticking with the same guage will make life easier when soldering.As far as length you'll have to cut each side of the splice back far enough to get to clean(not black) wire or there again it will be hard to get a good solder joint.
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Re: 3 yellow wire fix

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:43 am

Fatwing Chris wrote:If you're not going to stay with the original size go bigger.Been a while,but I think it came with 14 G so if anything go 12 G.There is no real need or advantage to going bigger and sticking with the same guage will make life easier when soldering.As far as length you'll have to cut each side of the splice back far enough to get to clean(not black) wire or there again it will be hard to get a good solder joint.


If the wire is black, it is oxidized, and you will a) not get a good solder joint, and b) have heating problems in the future again. The reasons these wires oxidize is their proximity to the battery. Sulfuric acid fumes, such as those released by the battery when charging, oxidize copper, and those wires are sitting right next to the battery.

Either peel more insulation back until you get shiny copper wire instead of black, or gently clean the oxidation off with fine sandpaper.

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Re: 3 yellow wire fix

Postby bwagner6 » Sat Mar 01, 2014 7:34 am

Doing mine was simple... The wires were all in good shape and I had plenty of slack to solder the existing wires together. You just need to cut the wires as close to the plug as possible. No extra wire needed.

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Re: 3 yellow wire fix

Postby tbeiler » Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:46 am

Thanks for the tips guys, have'n't even made it to the garage yet to start snipping. Still too cold.
Hey, bwagner6, looks like your bike and mine are 100% identical. Sorry no picture to post yet.

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Re: 3 yellow wire fix

Postby bwagner6 » Sat Mar 01, 2014 11:35 am

Looking forward to seeing some pics! One of the best 1200 colors IMHO.




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