Ring of Fire problem


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goldwinger5566
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Ring of Fire problem

Postby goldwinger5566 » Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:31 am



I have a 1996 GL1500 SE with a problem with my ring of fire. The positive lead is connected to the positive ACC screw at the top of the fuse block. The ground is connected directly to the frame. I have a 5 amp in line fuse in the positive lead and a 5 amp fuse in the ACC slot of the fuse block. I have a switch in the positive lead to turn the lights on and off.
If I turn the key to the on position and turn the switch for the ring of fire on but don't start the bike, the ring of fire works just fine. However, if I start the bike and turn the switch for the ring of fire on, in approximately one second the in line fuse blows. I am thoroughly stumped.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.



goldwinger5566
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Re: Ring of Fire problem

Postby goldwinger5566 » Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:11 am

Let me amend what I posted earlier. There is a 10 amp fuse in the fuse block for the ACC and a 5 amp inline fuse in the power lead from the ACC post to the lights. When I started the bike and turned the switch for the ring of fire on the 10 amp fuse in the fuse box blew, not the 5 amp in the power lead. I don't know if this gives anyone any ideas, but I could sure use some.
Thanks.

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Re: Ring of Fire problem

Postby HALBUDD » Sat Aug 31, 2013 2:33 pm

Ok lets see if I have this right you have one red wire going from acc to your in line fuse then to your switch. Then from the other side of your switch to the two positive leads on the ring of fire. The two negative leads from the ring are tied together and then go to ground right!! If like you say its blowing the fuse on the acc fuse block then you have something shorting to ground. I would double check the lead you put on the acc to where your in line fuse is as it may be shorted some where.----------------Hal ps I dont think you would need a 5 amp fuse for the ring of fire as I dont think it will draw that many amps.
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goldwinger5566
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Re: Ring of Fire problem

Postby goldwinger5566 » Sat Aug 31, 2013 4:01 pm

Thanks! I replaced the wire from the ACC to the in line fuse and it took care of the problem. I had checked that wire earlier for a break, but must have missed it.
Thanks again for a simple fix to a frustrating problem.
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Re: Ring of Fire problem

Postby HALBUDD » Sat Aug 31, 2013 4:08 pm

Good glad that it was a easy fix.---------------Hal


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