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chris58
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Motorcycle: 1985 Gl 1200 aspencade

First Goldwing

Postby chris58 » Mon Aug 11, 2014 9:24 am



Hi just bought my first big bike and its a gl 1200A. I got it for $1200 and it seems to run great. It has 61000 miles. I just needed a good clean up and serviced. My brother inlaw and I did all that. Im so scared my stator will go out on me because ive read that if this happens it costs more than I paid for it.I took the side cover off and can tell the wires from the stator to the battery have gotten hot. I hope to god thats not a bad sign. is there anything I can do to help keep the stator from going bad? Thank You Chris



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virgilmobile
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Motorcycle: 1988 GL1500 I
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83 GL1100 standard
84 GL 1200 I

Re: First one

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:10 am

If you want my personal idea...here goes.
Hard solder the 3 yellow wires by the battery,eliminating the plug.
Do the same at the regulator module.Add the relay circuit for the module trigger/sense wire.
Remove all non OEM equipment...eg,lights,plugs,accessories except for a small digital volt meter.
Keep the bike original with the best possible connections and it will last longer.

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HawkeyeGL1200
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Location: Courtland, Va.
Motorcycle: 1984 GL1200 Interstate
1981 GL1100 Interstate

Re: First Goldwing

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Mon Aug 11, 2014 11:18 am

Welcome to the site... if the three yellow stator wires that are connected to the Rectifier/Regulator (white, 3 pronged connector in front of the battery box) haven't been "hard wired" together, removing the connector and joining the wires together with solder (most put heat shrink insulation over the solder connections after doing this) that is one thing you can do to prolong your stator life.

The connector on my 1200 showed evidence of overheating (black stuff inside and melted plastic). I did the hard-wire thing, and my battery seems to be getting a better charge while running than before. If you pull the connector apart and look at the crimp-lugs inside, I'd say ANY corrosion or evidence of overhead is cause to remove the connector and splice the wires together.

It makes no difference which of the wires you splice to which wire going to the rectifier/regulator. Alternating current is coming from the stator and being converted to DC at the rectifier... so it doesn't matter which of the three wires is joined to the input side of the rectifier... just make sure the splice is solid.
I am wrong as often as I am right concerning what is wrong with someone else' motorcycle without having seen the machine in person. Guessing with limited information, as to the source of the trouble, is sketchy at best.

chris58
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Re: First Goldwing

Postby chris58 » Mon Aug 11, 2014 11:27 am

Thank you very much. I'm looking forward to reading things on this group. chris

billbob
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Re: First Goldwing

Postby billbob » Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:34 pm

That is good advice for a 1200 owner.I had a 1200 once and that is 1st thing I did. :)

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bwagner6
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Location: Norwalk, Ohio
Motorcycle: 1986 Gl1200A Aspencade

Re: First Goldwing

Postby bwagner6 » Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:34 pm

Hey Chris good to see you post on here... welcome aboard. :D

chris58
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Re: First Goldwing

Postby chris58 » Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:45 pm

Thanks Bro. Your the one who got me aboard :)

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HALBUDD
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Re: First Goldwing

Postby HALBUDD » Mon Aug 11, 2014 8:27 pm

Also you may want to look at the poor boy conversion and how its done. This is the best way to fix a dead stator when and if it fails.------------------------------Hal
A woman that can use tools is worth her weight in gold !!

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goodoni
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Location: Brighton, Michigan
Motorcycle: 1984 GL1200I Interstate

Re: First Goldwing

Postby goodoni » Wed Aug 20, 2014 6:12 am

chris58 wrote:Hi just bought my first big bike and its a gl 1200A. I got it for $1200 and it seems to run great. It has 61000 miles. I just needed a good clean up and serviced. My brother inlaw and I did all that. Im so scared my stator will go out on me because ive read that if this happens it costs more than I paid for it.I took the side cover off and can tell the wires from the stator to the battery have gotten hot. I hope to god thats not a bad sign. is there anything I can do to help keep the stator from going bad? Thank You Chris


Chris,
Don't worry to much about the stator - it will "fail" just a matter of when.
The good news is you can install a poor boy kit for around $300.00 and it will eliminate all electrical issues.
If you have basic mechanical skills you can do it yourself; and there is plenty of suppressor on this site.
I love my 1200, and you will too.

Ride Safe
Goodoni




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