Pulling Gold Wing Ignition


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TedChristopher
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Pulling Gold Wing Ignition

Postby TedChristopher » Wed May 04, 2011 10:23 am



I just asked about a lost key, well the dealer can help if I can pull the ignition switch and bring it in to him. So, does anyone know how I can pull the ignition on my 1986 Gold Wing Interstate?



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Re: Pulling Gold Wing Ignition

Postby thrasherg » Wed May 04, 2011 11:18 am

I have never removed the ignition on a wing, but on other bikes, the switch is mounted to the underside of the upper steering yoke. They are mounted with special bolts that tighten to a set torque and then shear off. If you want to remove the ignition switch, you have to remove the top yoke, turn it over, center punch the sheared of bolt head and then with a pillar drill slowly and carefully drill out the 2 mounting bolts. I have always used regular allen bolts with loctite to refit the ignition switch afterwards. Once the top yoke is off, it's a 10 minute job..

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Re: Pulling Gold Wing Ignition

Postby virgilmobile » Wed May 04, 2011 11:19 am

10mm deepwell socket and extension.Contort up under the triple tree,1 nut on each side of the switch.

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Re: Pulling Gold Wing Ignition

Postby TedChristopher » Wed May 04, 2011 11:42 am

Thanks, I'm going to assume a pillar drill is a drill press, as opposed to a hand-held drill?

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Re: Pulling Gold Wing Ignition

Postby TedChristopher » Wed May 04, 2011 11:55 am

I will definitely try the socket from below approach first, thanks Virgilmobile

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Re: Pulling Gold Wing Ignition

Postby virgilmobile » Wed May 04, 2011 12:10 pm

I pulled a switch of a salvaged gl1100.It is easier to get to if you pull the upper yoke...BUT that involves about as much work as fenageling up under it.Pulling the yoke...handle bars come off,wiring for the turn signal canceler,large special nuts,fork clamping,etc.I'll look an my 84 gl1200 tonight to see what's what,just to be sure.

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Re: Pulling Gold Wing Ignition

Postby virgilmobile » Wed May 04, 2011 7:38 pm

I just looked at my 84 gl1200 interstate.The ign switch is mounted the same as the gl1100.I can feel the nuts on each side without even pulling a bunch of stuff off.I suppose the covers near it may need to come off to get it all the way out,but shouldn't be horrible or require to many BandAids.

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Re: Pulling Gold Wing Ignition

Postby ramdam1 » Wed May 04, 2011 8:34 pm

I have changed mine on a 1981 gl1100I. I had the fairing off when I did it. I used a 1/4 drive 10mm deep socket with a swivel and a long extension from below. Really easy with the fairing off. Had it off anyway so not sure how it would be with it on. Don't think it would be as easy. Good luck.

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Re: Pulling Gold Wing Ignition

Postby HALBUDD » Wed May 04, 2011 8:48 pm

I just pulled mine off of my 84 aspy I did it from the bottom 10mm socket,long extension,and swivel.You will need to take the false tank off to disconnect the wire harness it will require a little wiggling to get it out. To put back in I got it by putting a little tape on the nut and the swivel head to hold it in place until I could get the nut started . My old igen. had a broken tab on the bottom used my parts bike igen. to repair it Good Luck and let us know how it turns out Hal
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Re: Pulling Gold Wing Ignition

Postby Oldsmores » Thu May 05, 2011 7:39 am

It's a pain in the a$$, but it can be done. As others said, get a couple of long extensions and a swivel and you can get to the bolts from underneath. Having an extra set of hands helps.




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