How to Clean the compressor selection switch on a GL1200


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How to Clean the compressor selection switch on a GL1200

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I wrote this while doing it as I hadn't seen anything on it. mine was gummed up really bad and the air didn't go where it needed to. Hope you all like it.

Cleaning and repairing compressor selector switch

This assumes that you know how to remove the right flaring storage compartment and switch plates. as well as other connections.

1. Remove the selector switch and mark the three lines (Upper, Mid, Lower) unplug the switch wire


2. Go to a table or bench (DO NOT DO THIS OUTSIDE!!!!!!!) Carefully remove the two screws holing the switch on and place switch aside


3. Remove the center screw on the switch rocker arm and place aside


4. Now carefully remove the selector rocker switch on the main unit


5. Unscrew the four screws on an X pattern while holding the retaining plate down.


6. Lift the plate off slowly to uncover the two pressure switches. (NOTE: The pressure switches will be pressed in place. Photo just shows clarification)


7. Remove the pressure buttons carefully theirs a spring in there. Look for crud and gunk clean this out really well. I used acetone then to clean it then re-lubed the walls and o-rings with 3n1 oil as suggested.




8. Remove the center pin on the button. Clean the inner part of the buttons with something like an eyelash brush or small scrubber brush. Clean the button itself with a fine grit sandpaper or nail sanding block to remove all gunk. Make sure not to damage any of the rubber washers or O-rings. Re-lube with 3n1 oil and reassemble making sure that it moves freely.






9. Once the whole unit and buttons are clean and moving freely re-assemble the unit and replace the plate pressing down tighten the plate don in an X pattern .again


10. Next place the rocker switch and make sure its lubed either graphite or 3n1. Tighten all the way and test the function. It should move freely.


11. Replace the switch making sure that the leaver is between the two uprights. Then replace the main indicator switch


12. Test the function by blowing in the center hole and using the rocker. The air should be switched for one side to the other.

13. Reinstall and your all set.


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Thank You, well done and just what I was looking for. :D I see a project coming..... ;)
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make sure you change the o rings if you have leaking air, also use something small to check the inner valves. i dont sugest removing them. and use a thin oil like 3 in 1 or compressor oil to lube everything
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Hi there thank you for the information,I just come across your post and very much interested I recently purchased 1987 GL 1200 with 40000 mile on it in great shape and order and I have no idea how to remove the right flaring storage compartment and switch plates.Would you please put some picture or locate me where to start and see the part I need to clean ? Sorry about my ignorant I am dependant of this website for any mechanical issue and a lot of guys help me and gave a confident to do it my self.
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To remove the right side fairing pocket you first need to open and remove the cover using the drivers key. you then unscrew the four screws. to remove the switch plate cover you just pop it off carefully with a screwdriver. then remove the screw holding the switch in place. I will include photos as soon as i can.
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Hi there I did all that but there is nothing as you mentioned in the right pocket I chucked even in left hand side just only a few wires running with fuse holder and clear plastic tube goes from the vent to some where else.
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With the right pocket removed. It's way up in front of the faring and the control valve on the lower back side. You have a Aspencade? Interstates are different.
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Does your bike have the air compressor or is it blank on the right hand side. Is your bike an aspencade or interstate as interstates I don't think came with air ride
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Hi there yes the right hand and the left hand side glove box's are empty except a few wires running through them, and it is 1987 GL1200 Interstate,but I can hear the sound of the compressor working when ever I start the engine all the way until I turn off the engine and it is quiet different sound and you won't miss it.If there is no compressor what would be the sound & I would be very surprised & love to know what it is.
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Let's try this. What year is your bike. Does the right side of your bike have this plate and information? if not then the noise isnt from the compressor. also the compressor will not function while the bike is in gear.
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Yes the Interstate has no compressor.... The sound I will have to think about unless it's cam belts to tight or air cleaner noise...
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Ok First your bike doesn't have a compressor so what you are hearing could be a number of things. make sure your air cleaner is sitting right and closed properly, check your cam belts for there tightness, make sure that noting is rubbing the rear tire, lastly if you can still not find anything then I would suggest if you know how to check your engine and transmission for damage.
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Hi CharlineC thank you for the information,there is no as such item in any part of the Bike but I am convinced that it may be the air filter noise may be not closed properly by PO and I have to chuck it when I get back home tomorrow.I am very much sure there is no engine or transmission damage,it has very sweet smooth sound of gold wing. Any way I will post the out come as soon as I chuck and make sure I may have some thing to say.
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Great article! I just had my86 Aspencade serviced. the seals were replaced, now though I can only pump up the rear suspension. The compressor engages but it only has 3 bars. It was fine before the full service. Rides great etc. Especially with the balancer beads. The thing is a longer ride with my gal on the back may need a little more upfront. the rear pumps fine. Clean the switches to start?
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No life in me air compressor any body help


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