1977 GL1000 Headlight Mess


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keaton_taylor
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1977 GL1000 Headlight Mess

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Hi all. New to the forum, new to a Goldwing as of last week!

Just removed the Vetter fairing from my Wing to find a rats nest of wiring mess connecting the faring relay into the main wiring harness.

The rats nest
The rats nest

And while the headlight pan and assembly in general exists there's just a big block of 2 heatsinked connectors that are definitely not 3 prong headlight connectors.

the hunk
the hunk

Any resources on unraveling this mess or am I better off giving my local mechanic a few hundred bucks to sort it out for me. Also, I'm color blind.... so there's that.


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Re: 1977 GL1000 Headlight Mess

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keaton_taylor wrote: Sat Aug 05, 2017 3:12 pm Hi all. New to the forum, new to a Goldwing as of last week!

Just removed the Vetter fairing from my Wing to find a rats nest of wiring mess connecting the faring relay into the main wiring harness.

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And while the headlight pan and assembly in general exists there's just a big block of 2 heatsinked connectors that are definitely not 3 prong headlight connectors.

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Any resources on unraveling this mess or am I better off giving my local mechanic a few hundred bucks to sort it out for me. Also, I'm color blind.... so there's that.
Was gonna tell you to get the color coded wiring diagram but obviously that's not gonna work.
keaton_taylor
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Re: 1977 GL1000 Headlight Mess

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I'm gonna try it out. white and blue look... a little too similar under my garage light. Gonna bring in several alternate sources of light to make sure I don't blow something up
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Re: 1977 GL1000 Headlight Mess

Post by badandy »

The worst you can do is blow your 30A main fuse repeatedly. If it already hasn't been converted to a modern spade style I would do that first. Its an easy mod and it gets rid of the dated "dog bone" fuse.

Mine looked like a rats nest as well when I brought my first Wing home last year. Lots of solderless connectors which I am not a fan of and lots of twist splices covered in electrical tape. All connections have been soldered and covered with marine heat shrink tubing. Took a while to clean it up, but one plug disconnects the fairing for easy removal.


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