85 Interstate has Posessed Instruments


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imagumby
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85 Interstate has Posessed Instruments

Postby imagumby » Wed Oct 13, 2010 7:17 pm



Hopefully the subject grabbed some attention.

I have a 1985 GL1200I Interstate that I originally picked up as a parts bike for my '84. I rolled it across the street to my parents house, did some diagnostics, replaced a melted "fusable link"? , cleaned the plugs and rode it home. Took both the bikes with me when I moved to NC from WA and after a head gasket blew on my '84 and I sold it, my '85 became my main ride. Enough history...

On my way home from work yesterday, I looked down when I noticed my bike was running rough, to see my 'FUEL' light and my 'TAIL' light both lit up. I had plenty of fuel and all my lights were working. Then I noticed that my Tach was reading incorrectly and/or jumping all over. The bike was running really rough and I was lucky to make it safely home. I havent had time to do any diagnostics other than checking the lights and fuel. It seems like there is some sort of electrical demon on the loose :twisted: , and thought that someone might recognize this beast so that i may more easily exorcise it. Any advice on a starting point would be appreciated!

The bike has appx 98k original miles without any major engine work to my knowledge, I have had it for the last 9k.

:mrgreen:



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Re: 85 Interstate has Posessed Instruments

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Oct 13, 2010 8:22 pm

Anytime I start seeing multiple unrelated electrical faults all happen at once, I immediately start looking for faulty grounds. Check the ground at the battery, and especially at the frame.

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Re: 85 Interstate has Posessed Instruments

Postby luckychucky60 » Thu Oct 14, 2010 8:02 pm

I start looking up for Air Force planes. Do you live near an Air Force base? UFOs? Is it back to normal? Ok, now you know I'm crazy and paranoid.
As long as I have my health then everything will be ok

imagumby
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Re: 85 Interstate has Posessed Instruments

Postby imagumby » Fri Oct 15, 2010 6:26 pm

Well, work has delayed my investigations, but I will check the grounds when i first get the chance...

to chucky - Ok, no, maybe, no, and yes..... :)


Any... ideas are appreciated..... :)

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Re: 85 Interstate has Posessed Instruments

Postby ekcyclerepair » Tue Nov 02, 2010 1:14 am

I definitely agree with WingAdmin. More than likely a ground problem.

Ernie

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Re: 85 Interstate has Posessed Instruments

Postby ricknhouston » Sun Nov 07, 2010 1:40 pm

Chk your ground wire to the battery ... mine has done that before. First time I figured it out ...BEFORE ... anythng else was affected .... second time it fried my harness, 200 miles from the nearest town.

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Re: 85 Interstate has Posessed Instruments

Postby Mooseman » Mon Nov 08, 2010 8:10 pm

Be sure and check that wishbone main fuse. If it's been in for awhile swap it out for a new one.
Mooseman


Enjoy the ride. They are all good, just some better than others.
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