Melted solenoid wires


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filupsd
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Melted solenoid wires

Post by filupsd » Fri Mar 02, 2018 7:40 pm



I have a chance to buy a “project bike” 1984 GL1200 for $300. He said it ran until the solenoid wires melted. He has taken all the fairing and panniers off which is fine.
What should I be concerned about with melted wires? What would cause that?
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Re: Melted solenoid wires

Post by DaveO430 » Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:02 pm

Age, corroded connections, they cause resistance which causes heat. Not at all uncommon.

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Re: Melted solenoid wires

Post by geraldm » Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:43 pm

It seems other than what has been mentioned , quite often this will happen with to high of power draw ( high wattage lights etc. ) what i have seen is trying to start the engine when battery is discharged . With a battery that has low voltage when the starter is engauged creates very high amperage draw through the system sometimes resulting in burnt wiring , mostly at the solenoid . Thats what happened to me after a long ride with big wattage lights on , battery voltage was low and amperage draw high. Only takes 4-5 seconds of engaugement .

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Re: Melted solenoid wires

Post by filupsd » Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:39 am

Thanks guys. I think I have decided to pass on the bike because there isn't a title and all body parts are in rough shape. Previous owner started a cafe racer conversion and as I looked the bike over he just cut wires when they were in the way and didn't label anything etc. It would be a good project for a complete strip down and rebuild into a bobber or racer but my knowledge weakness is in the electrical area. But then again I could get it for $200

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Re: Melted solenoid wires

Post by DaveO430 » Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:59 pm

Not running, no title and stripped down. $200 is too much. "he said it ran" it probably did once upon a time.

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Re: Melted solenoid wires

Post by AZgl1800 » Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:08 pm

DaveO430 wrote:
Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:59 pm
Not running, no title and stripped down. $200 is too much. "he said it ran" it probably did once upon a time.
oh it used to run alright, right up until he started snipping wires....
now it won't ever start again w/o a tremendous investment in time and money.


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