Starter Solenoid OEM or Aftermarket


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Starter Solenoid OEM or Aftermarket

Postby NetTech94 » Sat Aug 08, 2015 12:20 am



Have 94 GL1500 SE with an spordic condition where the starter doesn't disengage after reading other with this problem. I have decided as a first step to change out the Solenoid the one on the right side of the Battery.

The question I have is I'm having a hard time figuring out if its worth to by OEM for $80 dollars or buy ones you see on Ebay or Amazon ranging from 8 dollars to 15 dollars. Hard to figure out if I'm comparing apples to apples or does Honda really mark up their product that much



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Re: Starter Solenoid OEM or Aftermarket

Postby franksquires » Sat Aug 08, 2015 12:18 pm

I bought an 8 bucker off of ebay and have no complaints. Don't know how long it will last I just installed it. I hope that if it does go bad it dosent take anything out with it. I think it is possible from other posts I have been involved in for the solenoid to take out a diode. See general solenoid question forum.

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Re: Starter Solenoid OEM or Aftermarket

Postby NetTech94 » Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:55 pm

Frank can I ask how long you have had it installed. I bought one the other day figure I'm going to compare the codes on the bottom of the solenoid. It as 12v 3C 102 on the bottom don't know if that is the model number or a serial number. Anyway figure I'd give it a try

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Re: Starter Solenoid OEM or Aftermarket

Postby franksquires » Thu Aug 13, 2015 12:07 am

The bike is pretty much a project at this point. It isn't a daily rider by any stretch. So to give an accurate report on how reliable it is wouldn't be fair. I put it in a couple weeks ago but have had the carbs out for adjusting. I figure I am working through a series of problems with this one. So one prob at a time. The 8 bucker is serving its purpose for now. Sorry I cant be of more help

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Re: Starter Solenoid OEM or Aftermarket

Postby franksquires » Thu Aug 13, 2015 12:08 am

Throwing money at these things is not always the answer

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Re: Starter Solenoid OEM or Aftermarket

Postby tprender » Thu Aug 13, 2015 7:33 am

Mine went out this last weekend and I end up ordering one from this place
http://www.ebay.com/itm/271866928154?it ... m=&vxp=mtr
I hope that it works OK. The only problem is that it came with a 15 amp fuse instead of the 30 amp fuses that was in my wing. The reason is that Honda used this solenoid in many units(atv's, bikes, watercraft,etc). Remember that Honda does not make the part, they have someone make the part and put it in there bag with there name on the bag or box.

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Re: Starter Solenoid OEM or Aftermarket

Postby franksquires » Thu Aug 13, 2015 9:25 am

looks like just like the one I got. Yeah subbing out the work is why I figure a generic will work.
Good Luck, Happy Trails....

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Re: Starter Solenoid OEM or Aftermarket

Postby RBGERSON » Thu Aug 13, 2015 12:12 pm

It's cheap Chinese stuff some work just fine and others crap out fairly quickly(poor quality control I guess at the factory???) and can take you starter or battery with it. So your cheap solenoid becomes very expensive. You pay your money and take your chances with the cheap stuff..its' a crap shoot. There was a recent post someplace where the guy lost his starter as it burned up before he could get the battery disconnected, he had one of those cheap solenoids..
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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Re: Starter Solenoid OEM or Aftermarket

Postby NetTech94 » Thu Aug 13, 2015 1:46 pm

Yes, that was my concern too. According to what I read on the net the alternators that Honda is using are being manufactured by the chinese... dammed if you do and dammed if you don't. I haven't made my mind up yet if I'm going to use the one I bought. I would like to have the one I currently have and test its functionality. All my troubles started after my failed Alternator and replaced with a Rebuild. But on a 21 year old bike, there are few options left. I purchased my Rebuild from M.A.R.S (Ken Hamilin) which has a great rep in these forums.

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Re: Starter Solenoid OEM or Aftermarket

Postby RBGERSON » Fri Aug 14, 2015 6:46 pm

HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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Re: Starter Solenoid OEM or Aftermarket

Postby NetTech94 » Fri Aug 14, 2015 8:59 pm

After the last post.... I'm going to spend the 80-100 dollars for a OEM

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Re: Starter Solenoid OEM or Aftermarket

Postby NetTech94 » Sat Aug 15, 2015 5:52 pm

I found the second solenoid close to the Oil fill area. It appears to have a cable permanently attached to it. Anyone know how to find the end of this? Have looked but unable to trace much past the location of the other solenoid

Found out today that my battery which I bought 2 months ago "AGM" from local parts store NEW. according to their load tester had about 1/4 life left in it. Now I'm question if all my issues where do to a flaky battery. The Alternator was running extremely hot and over the course of 2 months lost voltage from 13.7 or .8 down to 13.1. The time that my starter hung was when I went to start the bike and voltage dropped down in the low 11's or high 10's can't remember. I think to be on the safe side I'm at least going to change the one solenoid closest to the battery

What a bear it was finding another AGM battery today.




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