Is there more than one location for fuse box, multiple systems not working


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Leighann
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Is there more than one location for fuse box, multiple systems not working

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Hi,

Brand new, working with a 1983 1100 GL Goldwing, just got today. Going through the whole machine, the Radio, Cassette, CB, Clock and whatever the unit is on the right side of the volt meter does not work or light up. I found a fuse box under the area where the gas is located but it seems pretty simplistic for all these components. With all these that don't work I'd like to check fuses first.. Where are all the fuses on this machine? I've read the manual.. not helpful for machine and accessories. !

I purchased a helmet.. the connection is different that the connection on the bike. Are these interchangeable with some kind of a converting connector?

Did I mention I was new? to the whole bike thing.. temp license and all. ..


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Wilcoy02
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Motorcycle: 1983 GL1100 I purchased 3/16

1983 GL1100I frame with an 80 engine. poor boy installed with C-5 ignition--DIED in Grande Prairie Alberta Canada 8/15


98 valkyrie sold 8/16

Re: Is there more than one location for fuse box, multiple systems not working

Post by Wilcoy02 »

Welcome!

The fuse box you found is for the bike.
Take the left turn signal off the fairing.
You will see a rats nest of wires.
In this nest are 3 inline fuses. They are white clam shell holders.
The plugs in there are color coded with a couple that go nowhere.

From the plug on the left side of fairing.

Fairing plug colored wires
Lt. Blue -- Right Turn Signal
Lt. Blue/White -- Right Marker
Orange -- Left Turn Signal
Orange/White -- Left Marker
Blue -- High Beam
White -- Low Beam
Brown/White -- Instruments
Red -- Constant Power

You have what I would assume is a Clarion II radio.
Sierra electronics in Troy Ohio are the only ones in the world who still work on these radios.
They are very friendly about answering questions on the phone about these radios.


Since you just bought this fine ride I would like to hope you do some things:
Check the three yellow wires by the battery. Does it still have the plastic connection? If so
cut the connection out and wire the wires directly. Does not matter which yellow wire to yellow wire.

If you do not know the age of the timing belts--Change them NOW and write the mileage and date on the inside cover when you change them.

When you fill up for gas add 3-4 oz of ATF to each fill up. Will clean the carbs.

AND above all else ENJOY RIDING YOU NEW RIDE.
Leighann
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Re: Is there more than one location for fuse box, multiple systems not working

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Thank you so much for your response. .this bike sat in storage for 25 years, the former owner had it completely gone through

I very much appreciate your extra tips..I know what I will be doing tomorrow. .my first ride, got to learn before we play
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had every year from 75 to 83

Re: Is there more than one location for fuse box, multiple systems not working

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When was it "completely" gone through before he parked it or after he got it out of storage?? If the former CHANGE THE TIMING BELTS!!!!! "Completely???"DRAINED AND CHANGE OUT ALL FLUIDS?? BRAKES, FORKS, RADIATOR, REAR HUB?? if not do it.

I'd pull the radio it's a lot easier to get at those wires in the fairing..from there.
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
RB
Leighann
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Re: Is there more than one location for fuse box, multiple systems not working

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It was gone through after storage and the former owner put some miles on it..spoke with the mechanic who is also the owner to verify. Really appreciate all the response..

I pulled the radio last night as well as the cassette player..just didn't want to go down too far without some input..

Can helmets with headset be converted to the headset set up on the bike?
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Wilcoy02
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1983 GL1100I frame with an 80 engine. poor boy installed with C-5 ignition--DIED in Grande Prairie Alberta Canada 8/15


98 valkyrie sold 8/16

Re: Is there more than one location for fuse box, multiple systems not working

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Again call Sierra electronics about the plug on the bike.
You probably need a 5 pin connection.
They will be able to tell you what you need.

http://www.sierra-mc.com/radioservice.asp

If this bike sat for 25 yrs you also need to change the radiator hoses.

You can find parts at napa such as
oil filter ps4940 fram ch6009
rad hose napa 7733 cut and you have both upper and lower hose.


look around the web and you will find a chart for cross check for other parts.

Oil-- NEVER use auto oil. Make sure you use oil for wet clutches.
anti-freeze use only with no silicates. Silicates will damage your water pump.
Look on the tires to see how old they are. You will see a recessed are with 4 or 5 numbers in it.
Such as 1015 this says the tires were made the 10th week of 2015. If over 5 yrs best to replace.
Tires are the only thing that touch the road, unless they blow out and then the bike and you see the road close up.

go to the top of this page and read the "how to articles"

Do not hesitate to ask questions.
Leighann
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Re: Is there more than one location for fuse box, multiple systems not working

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Thank you very much for the resources and advise..I'm one of those got to know how everything works and fix what doesn't types. This forum has given me great direction and more comfort in figuring out the bike..


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