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hard to start

Post by daninroy » Sun Jan 02, 2011 12:09 am

my 1984 1200 GL interstate is hard to start when I shut off after riding , act like dead battery but I replaced. any help

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Re: hard to start

Post by glengleason » Sun Jan 02, 2011 12:34 pm

i had the same problem on my 1993, turned out one of my fuzes was partially rusted wasn't making good contact. replaced starts perfectly now. hope this helps

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Re: hard to start

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Jan 02, 2011 1:21 pm

Check all your wires and contacts, especially your battery, frame ground, solenoid and starter contacts. If it's still happening, it's probably going to be your starter - they have a failure mode in which they start to run poorly when they are hot. Have a look here: How to remove, rebuild and reinstall your starter

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Re: hard to start

Post by emaffia » Sun Jan 02, 2011 5:27 pm

daninroy wrote:my 1984 1200 GL interstate is hard to start when I shut off after riding , act like dead battery but I replaced. any help
There are a lot of info about your trouble: The starter engine need a service.
You can remove it with the cycle in the center stand. Is a tricky work to do.
When removed, clean the coper collectos with fine sandpaper and between contacts with a toothpick. Replace the brushes if they are shorter than 1 centimeter (A bit less than 1/2").
Assemble an reinstall (A tricky busines too).
Be carefull not to leave to rotate the stator nut where supply DC get inside. You can ruin inside the coil.
Have a nice 2011.

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Re: hard to start

Post by mikeg1906 » Sun Jan 02, 2011 7:56 pm

Hello I have an 84 gold wing. You need to get starter rebuilt. The 84 starters is the only one that fits the gl1200. 85-87 starters will not fit. I have heard other wing people taking the head of 84 starters and put it on a 85-87 starter the making the back bolthole on starter a little wider and put it on 84 bike. I did do it and it will work. I also just bought a new rebuilt kit for one and rebuilt the starter after having armature checked by a shop to make sure it was good. also check the wires and clean them. but after the starter is hot it turns very slow. But if you wait 15 mins it will start right up. If you google it you will see I am right. A lot of gl1200 gold wing have that problem. good luck, Mike ;)

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Re: hard to start

Post by starfleetengineer » Sat Jan 15, 2011 3:30 am

After you clean All the connections. Do a volt drop test. It will save you time and money and it will point you to the problem. You can also run a amp draw test on the starter as well after you clean all the connections. I have to run these tests at work and they are very helpful! Anything higher than .5 volts is too high of a drop!! Also check to wire ends at the connectors!! If they are are swollen, green or corroded, you might as well replace them. That will save you headachs in the future.

How many times do I have to tell ya,,, The right tool for the right job!

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