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1985 Goldwing stator

Postby ghelgren » Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:12 am



Just bought a 1985 goldwing and thought I got a deal. Found the battery was not charging. Estimate for fix, $1500. to $1800. Any advice, told this is a problem with this year machinefor the bike. I paid $800.


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Re: 1985 Goldwing stator

Postby Oldsmores » Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:19 am

Best alternative to replacing the stator (expensive because the engine has to come out) is to do an alternator conversion. There's lots of information out there - best place to start is: http://gl1200goldwings.com/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=1219&hilit=poor+boy
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Re: 1985 Goldwing stator

Postby snowy.vtwin » Thu Aug 05, 2010 2:54 pm

do the poorboy conversion imo. You could do a new stator and have it blow the next day. I read a story just yesterday on one of the gw boards that one guy's new stator only lasted 21 miles. Be sure it's oem if you go that way.
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Re: 1985 Goldwing stator

Postby raycw » Wed Aug 11, 2010 2:15 pm

Whoever said it was a common problem is correct. ALL year GL1200's could have a bad stator. The updated OEM stator does come with a 'limited lifetime warranty' when purchased from a Honda dealership. You can do the work yourself and still have the stator covered by the warranty but the labor wouldn't be covered. If you have a Honda dealer do the labor then the warranty would cover both parts and labor... as long as YOU own the bike. The warranty is not transferable.

Having a new OEM stator only last 21 miles is very unusual. It might have had a burnt connector at the reg/rec or at the stator-to-harness near the battery.

You might check the connections first... a standard proceedure is to 'hotwire' the 3 yellow wires coming from the stator to the harness. There's a ton of reference on the internet. The engine has to be removed to replace the stator but it's not that tough to do... a floor jack for the engine and standard metric hand tools is all that's needed.
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Re: 1985 Goldwing stator

Postby snowy.vtwin » Wed Aug 11, 2010 2:39 pm

It gives me a strange feeling of power to know that I can remove my engine with a jack and a few tools...., but getting things back together has always been my weak point.

Easy enough to test a stator off a parts bike so if we can do the install in a day or two without loosing a finger the poorboy conversion might get reconsidered ...
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Re: 1985 Goldwing stator

Postby izzyh1957 » Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:06 pm

I feel your pain brother!, I just got around to checking and fixing wires on my 85 Aspencade, just to find out my stator is history. I'm getting the poor man kit and getting back on the road as soon as I can. Good luck with your repairs.
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Re: 1985 Goldwing stator

Postby rrmiller73 » Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:51 pm

There is an aftermarket wiring kit from Campbell Electronics that replaces the stator wiring, gets rid of the connector plugs on the stator and regulator, new coil wiring and new fused circuits, etc. (Look at Saber Cycles FAQ). It's been a while since I installed it but seems like it was around $50. (It requires soldering.) If your going back with a new stator I'd put that on the bike as well. Plan on half a days work for the kit if the bikes all together when you start. Poor Boy sounds like a good plan as well.
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Re: 1985 Goldwing stator

Postby goldtr6c » Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:45 pm

I agree with rrmiller73 on the harness thing. Most problems I've found with Gl1200 alternators was just plain bad connections. The connectors used by Honda just wont handle the amps on the 1200. After two unsuccessful repairs with spade connectors, I ended up getting some butt connectors and hard soldering it all including the reg wires. So far, in the last 30,000 miles, that repair has held up fine.
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Re: 1985 Goldwing stator

Postby detdrbuzzard » Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:45 am

rrmiller73 wrote:There is an aftermarket wiring kit from Campbell Electronics that replaces the stator wiring, gets rid of the connector plugs on the stator and regulator, new coil wiring and new fused circuits, etc. (Look at Saber Cycles FAQ). It's been a while since I installed it but seems like it was around $50. (It requires soldering.) If your going back with a new stator I'd put that on the bike as well. Plan on half a days work for the kit if the bikes all together when you start. Poor Boy sounds like a good plan as well.

why pay campbell when you can cut the connector plug off and solder the wires that are already there. seeing that you are cutting and soldering the coil wire you can buy the right guage wire and fuses at the auto parts store
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Re: 1985 Goldwing stator

Postby Larry3609 » Tue Sep 07, 2010 7:01 am

I just did the poorboy conversion on my 85 wing and am putting out 14.2 at 1800 rpm took me some time as i made my own parts, but it was worth it not to have to pull the engine or pay the dealer 1,400 to 1,800 i have about 300 invested because i bought a rebuilt alternator.
I took my time and I figure it to be about 6hrs.of trial and error making and remaking parts and getting the lowers to fit, found out that if you take a grinding stone for a chainsaw to fit in a rotozip that you can re shape the lowers and not do any damage to the paint and get good results. I want to thank Don and all the advice from all the others who have posted their advice you are all great. Thanks
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Re: 1985 Goldwing stator

Postby fastf » Sun Sep 26, 2010 5:40 am

Im having the same problem had the bike a week a 85 ltd belive the stator is shot. What I want to know mine being a fuel injected model is there any changes as far as wiring because it is fuel injected. I do know there is some changes that are different compared to the carb models.
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Re: 1985 Goldwing stator

Postby AWLKRSN » Tue Sep 28, 2010 1:17 am

fastf wrote:Im having the same problem had the bike a week a 85 ltd belive the stator is shot. What I want to know mine being a fuel injected model is there any changes as far as wiring because it is fuel injected. I do know there is some changes that are different compared to the carb models.


Do you plan on doing it yourself ? 8-)
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Re: 1985 Goldwing stator

Postby Larry3609 » Tue Sep 28, 2010 6:33 am

R U going to do the poorboy or replace the stator? i believe u might have more room with the fuel injection, not sure, but ask someone on the forum.
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Re: 1985 Goldwing stator

Postby freck » Sat Oct 09, 2010 8:46 pm

would all this info apply to an 84 interstate also? it's a gl1200 also
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Re: 1985 Goldwing stator

Postby Oldsmores » Sun Oct 10, 2010 7:14 pm

freck wrote:would all this info apply to an 84 interstate also? it's a gl1200 also

ummm, all what? I think the answer is yes, if what you're asking about is stator failure in general, and the ability to do a poorboy conversion in lieu of replacing the stator...
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Re: 1985 Goldwing stator

Postby freck » Mon Oct 11, 2010 8:40 pm

yes the question was about the stator. i charged the battery and got the bike running. checked the voltage and there was only the battery voltage. does this mean the stator is shot or could the regulator be bad? if so where is it located so i can check it out or is there any check out to it.
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Re: 1985 Goldwing stator

Postby Oldsmores » Mon Oct 11, 2010 9:18 pm

Regulator/rectifier is under the false tank on the left hand side in the '84 Aspencade. It's a fairly simple check that's described in the manual: check continuity between the pins in the connector.
Best advice is to get a decent multimeter and a shop manual. It's got a pretty detailed sequence to check the charging system.
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Re: 1985 Goldwing stator

Postby freck » Mon Oct 11, 2010 9:50 pm

would a bad regulator cause a no voltage reading from the stator?
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Re: 1985 Goldwing stator

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Oct 11, 2010 10:09 pm

No, the regulator is after the three yellow wire connector (in fact, those three yellow wires feed directly into the regulator). When you disconnect those three wires, you're measuring the stator directly.


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