Electrical Problems


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cturtle7
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Electrical Problems

Postby cturtle7 » Sun Jun 26, 2011 4:02 pm



Hi All,

I recently purchased a 1989 Honda goldwing 1500 in pieces and put it back together. The only problem is now I have no power.

The guy I got it from said it ran well before he took it apart to paint it

New battery... and I am sure I have plugged everything in correctly while assembing it.

I have not yet checked the fuses.

Any advice on where to start troubleshooting?

Thanks!
-Diane



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Re: Electrical Problems

Postby trike lady » Sun Jun 26, 2011 7:53 pm

There is a fuse on top of the 'A' relay crammed in along side the battery, a wrench shaped fuse under the cover.
Has the ignition switch been disconnected?
Check fuse 9 and 11.
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Re: Electrical Problems

Postby cturtle7 » Sun Jun 26, 2011 8:26 pm

I don't believe the ignition has been disconnected but I will check that... and I was thinking the fuses but I had not heard about the one you are talking about so now I have something to start with.

thanks!!!

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Re: Electrical Problems

Postby dingdong » Mon Jun 27, 2011 8:33 am

That wrench shaped fuse is referred to as the "dog bone" fuse. Even if it looks good it can still have hairline cracks that you can't see. Best to just replace it.
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Re: Electrical Problems

Postby cturtle7 » Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:27 am

Awesome! thank you I will do that!

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Re: Electrical Problems

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:48 am

You can buy a 30-amp waterproof blade fuse holder with pigtails from Radio Shack:

30A 12/24VDC Mini Blade In-Line Fuse Holder

Fuse Holder
Fuse Holder


Crimp a set of spade lugs on the end of the wires, then install it in place of the old "dogbone" fuse. It doesn't suffer from the vibration problems that the original has, and when it DOES blow, you will be able to find replacement 30 amp blade fuses at any local gas station.

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Re: Electrical Problems

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:53 am

ooops....just realized this is the GL1500 forum. The main "dogbone" fuse in the GL1500 is 55 amp, not 30 amp (like the older Goldwings).

I don't think there are 55 amp blade fuses - I know you can get 50 amp, but I've never seen a 55. I also don't know of a commercially available 60-amp rated fuse holder. Best to replace the dogbone fuse with an OEM, and carry at least one spare with you.

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Re: Electrical Problems

Postby robb » Tue Jun 28, 2011 12:39 pm

I went to auto zone and got a 50 amp fuse for replacement. Two ring terminals, two speaker terminals and two 4" pieces of #12 solid wire. Works like a champ for $6. And YES, the # 12 wire is more than adequite.




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