Replacing coils on 83 goldwing


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Replacing coils on 83 goldwing

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What has anyone done to replace the coils? I know they are no longer available. Mine are 34 years old and I want to be prepared in case.
I had heard of some being used off of a Civic.
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Re: Replacing coils on 83 goldwing

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Dodge Neon. There is a thread on this, right easy conversion.

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Are they not in spec?? if in spec leave them alone..there replacements like the Neons and others. do a search.. gl1500 coils work too..and you get three so you have a spare????
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
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Re: Replacing coils on 83 goldwing

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my bike is sputtering some while crusing, I have new plugs, wires and boots and a new fuel filter.
Is there a way to test the coils to see if they are OK
The bike runs fine while your giving it throttle.
I had the carbs professionally rebuilt 2 years ago down in Tennessee
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you can test the ohms on the system with a meter and look the coils over for cracks or bulges..If you have a spark leak a dark garage and spray bottle of water may get it to show up..but hard to check under running on the road conditions. Pulling the plugs and looking at the spark on each should be nice fat white or blue easy to see even in sunlight..dark garage even better.
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RBGERSON wrote: Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:10 pm Are they not in spec?? if in spec leave them alone..there replacements like the Neons and others. do a search.. gl1500 coils work too..and you get three so you have a spare????
Are GL1500 coils available? I see some listed on Amazon. Are there any changes needed to use the GL1500 coils? This is a timely thread since I think I have a coil going bad. One ride and it rides great, but the next ride and it's backfiring on one side. It seems to get worse as the bike warms up. I have the Goldwing service manual and I glanced through the section on ignition. I assume the ignition coils are what are called spark units in the manual.

Since they are the originals, I think I would rather replace them.
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How do you get those coils out.
I have done a lot of work on this bike in the last 6 years I have owned it mainly to save money, but the only good mechanic that worked on these bikes closed shop. I change my own tires. Removed and reinstalled the carbs after having them rebuilt. Put new thermostat and hoses on. Rebuild brake calipers and flush out brake lines.
The bike runs fine until you run it for awhile then it kind of sputters while easy cruising but open up the throttle and it takes off. It has been getting worse every time I take it for a ride.
I'm thinking it must be those 34 year old coils.
Thanks for any help
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vaughn wrote: Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:19 pm How do you get those coils out.
I have done a lot of work on this bike in the last 6 years I have owned it mainly to save money, but the only good mechanic that worked on these bikes closed shop. I change my own tires. Removed and reinstalled the carbs after having them rebuilt. Put new thermostat and hoses on. Rebuild brake calipers and flush out brake lines.
The bike runs fine until you run it for awhile then it kind of sputters while easy cruising but open up the throttle and it takes off. It has been getting worse every time I take it for a ride.
I'm thinking it must be those 34 year old coils.
Thanks for any help
Vaughn, do a search here on 1997 Dodge Neon coils and it will pull up the thread. It's easy to do...I did it a couple days ago. I had the same problem as you and the new coils fixed the problem.
I bought new coils, plug wiring and end caps at Napa.
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Anyone use Caltric brand coils. They are new replacements out of California . Also do the ones for a 1500 bolt back in the same way as the originals?
Will the voltage be the same as the 1100's?


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