Relays: What they are, how they work, how to replace them (Video)


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Relays: What they are, how they work, how to replace them (Video)

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I've posted a new video, describing what relays are, how they work, why our bikes have them, and then demonstrate how to replace them when they have failed.



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Do first generation GL-1800s use the same or similar relays? Do you sell them?
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Northwings wrote: Sun Mar 01, 2020 3:55 pm Do first generation GL-1800s use the same or similar relays? Do you sell them?
No, the GL1800's use a completely different relay. They are smaller, and there are a lot more of them. Honda sells the GL1800 relays for under $5 apiece, so I never bothered to even investigate sourcing them.
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Scott makes a strong case for using these improved relays. My question is this: If my bike is disabled on a long ride by virtue of a faulty (original) relay, might it have been good insurance to have replaced NOW all eight relays, keeping 1-2 of the old ones for backup? Certainly more than $104-worth of hassle trying to troubleshoot 1000 miles from home!
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When I had my 1500 I owned a few of these first gen relays - they worked fine.
Then I started a resto-mod on my 1983 GS850 and needed a good quality set of relays for electrical systems I installed -
The GS850 was notoriously under powered with a stator and R & R system that didn't work as well as hoped -
So I updated the Stator & R & R and many other electrical items (coils, wires, etc)
By installing relays I was able to put power where I needed it when I needed it without taxing the system and existing wiring -
THESE high QUALITY relays are the heart of my 1983 system right now :ugeek:
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Nice job Sir!

I just got two more … so I have 5 of them now, thought about replacing some or all … just because these seem better but after watching the video, I see I'm gonna have to look close at access to relays as I have a trike and the left rear fender doesn't move aside. Thought was to replace 5 most loaded ones and saving OEMs as "spares". I'll work it out in the basement somehow, better than doing it roadside I think. If a major PITA, I'll get a couple or three more & do all of them (7 I think?).

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Wingadmin,
Very nice video. I found the tricks (what I was hopping to see) very detailed. By the way, I admit my air tools are fast, But your wrist action is faster. Well done. Is there such a thing as a guessamate to the life expectance of these relays? I know in cars (a lot less water/dirt gets to them then on a bike) relays most times never need replacing.
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Ed Brock wrote: Tue Mar 31, 2020 4:52 am Wingadmin,
Very nice video. I found the tricks (what I was hopping to see) very detailed. By the way, I admit my air tools are fast, But your wrist action is faster. Well done. Is there such a thing as a guessamate to the life expectance of these relays? I know in cars (a lot less water/dirt gets to them then on a bike) relays most times never need replacing.
Ed
That wrist action is sped up video, so you don't have to sit there watching me tighten bolts!!!! :)

Relay life varies. They normally have a shorter lifespan in motorcycles due to vibration and heat.
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Sped up video????? NO WAY!! Are you sure? Maybe your "S u p e r W r e n c h" and your just trying to fool us. (hehe)
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