GL1200 Electrical Connection wiring harness upgrade


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WilwaY
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GL1200 Electrical Connection wiring harness upgrade

Postby WilwaY » Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:53 pm



Does anyone have experience with Electrical Connection's wiring harness for the GL1200, good or bad? EC states that with thier harness the wire size is increased, the ignition coils are run right from the battery, the connectors are upgraded and the grounding is improved. All that sounds great but I do not have the elecrtical knowledge or experience to know if those claims are valid and if the things EC improves could make a positive difference. My goal is to improve the charging and ignition's on my 1985 GL1200 LTD. Greatful for an enlightenment.



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alanc1100
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Re: GL1200 Electrical Connection wiring harness upgrade

Postby alanc1100 » Sat Jan 17, 2015 3:52 am

Hello WilwaY,
There is a DIY on this in the How-to-articles on this site. Very good write-up by Lynnmarn. Also, Virgilmobile added his awesome wisdom! I have been researching the EC harness for several months now and will be buying it soon. BTW, if you were looking on their website and didn't see it, it is there now. I contacted them last week to see if it was still available and it is. I hope this helps you.
Alanc1100

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SilverDave
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Re: GL1200 Electrical Connection wiring harness upgrade

Postby SilverDave » Sat Jan 17, 2015 12:29 pm

I put an EC harness on over a decade ago, and have had no problems .
I take most of their increased performance claims with a grain of salt...
but...
Definitely << " the wire size is increased, the ignition coils are run right from the battery, the connectors are upgraded and the grounding is improved>>

LOL

in addition to the supposedly increased horsepower ( about 3) which I never actually noticed, you can re-gap your spark plugs at about 0.045 thou because you have a hotter spark .... so it starts and runs very well.

I have nothing bad to say about it , after many years of use . Its one of the best $50 I have spent on the bike --- I am still using an internal stator, not a poorboy conversion ( Touch wood )

I'd say the best part , aside from possibly saving the stator is that when you install one, it forces you to replace not only the three-yellow-wire connectors, but also ALL the other iffy connections at the Rect/reg .

Practise the western splice/solder/ double shrink wrap a few times on the heavier wire before you start , because a cold solder joint will un-do any good from the harness .

If you also clean up the braided ground strap connection ( behind the motor/frame attachment ) then , from my experience you should get many years of trouble-free electronics.


A well spent $50 , IMHO

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Re: GL1200 Electrical Connection wiring harness upgrade

Postby deanbw » Mon Jan 19, 2015 3:57 am

I read this post and 5 minutes later ordered an E.C. harness. If nothing else you get new bigger wire, new better connectors. I I bought good connectors and good wire, I'd be close to 50 bucks and still have to build the harness, seems like a no - brainer.
I am going to pull the wings engine just to clean it and the frame, while it's out, I may replace the stator as well. If I can find a good quality one.
Bottom line...as I said for 50 bucks, why not do the upgrade.

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Re: GL1200 Electrical Connection wiring harness upgrade

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:51 am

deanbw wrote:I read this post and 5 minutes later ordered an E.C. harness. If nothing else you get new bigger wire, new better connectors. I I bought good connectors and good wire, I'd be close to 50 bucks and still have to build the harness, seems like a no - brainer.
I am going to pull the wings engine just to clean it and the frame, while it's out, I may replace the stator as well. If I can find a good quality one.
Bottom line...as I said for 50 bucks, why not do the upgrade.


Precisely. Not only is it made of better wire, and with some design improvements, it's not 30 years old!

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Re: GL1200 Electrical Connection wiring harness upgrade

Postby wheeln04 » Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:48 am

Hi everyone, its getting that time of year to start riding.
I put the EC wiring on my GL1200A over 2 years ago and have notice that the bike starts better and it seems to run better I thing . And you are right, it has bigger wire which is better.

WilwaY
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Re: GL1200 Electrical Connection wiring harness upgrade

Postby WilwaY » Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:36 am

Thanks for the feedback. I have read the "How To" installation of the EC harness many times but wanted to get some responses from users on how it works on their gl1200. I believe there is another harness from Campbell or someone and am interested which one is better? Thanks again.

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Re: GL1200 Electrical Connection wiring harness upgrade

Postby deanbw » Sat Jan 24, 2015 2:21 am

Just got my EC harness today. Looks very well built. There is no way I could buy the parts for 50 bucks. Wire (nice wire), fuses, fuse holders, relay and shrink tube, easily worth the money. It's going to be awhile before I get to putting it on, working over bike, but I say buy one, seems like a smart upgrade.

oh yea, and they gave me candy with my order...




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