80 goldwing, new relay keeps popping fuses.


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TaylorHT1
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80 goldwing, new relay keeps popping fuses.

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1980 gl1100 I traded for, the brakes were seized and after me and my dad re did the entire brake system i rode it home, then one more ride. the next time the starter button stopped working. Look at the relay and the plug that goes into the top is melted and two of the four wires that go into it rubbed together until they wore out the casing shorted and eventually corroded. I bought a new relay with a blade fuse setup and clipped the wires and made my own connections. Now It blows the fuse immediately every time I put one in. I tried flipping the wires around thinking it was reversed on the new relay possibly but same thing happens. Is the starter bad? All the wires seem clean although there doesn't appear to be a ground wire connected to the main fuse terminal.


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Re: 80 goldwing, new relay keeps popping fuses.

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Re: 80 goldwing, new relay keeps popping fuses.

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Your new relay is probably wired different than the original. You have to find which 2 terminals are hot and connect the red & red/white wires to those, the other 2 wires to the other 2 terminals.
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Re: 80 goldwing, new relay keeps popping fuses.

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Some aftermarket relays have the terminals connected different internally, you can check this with an ohmmeter. The pair of terminals reading close to 0 ohms with the fuse in and no reading with the fuse out get the red and red/white wires, the other pair of terminals will read somewhere around 20-100 ohms depending on the windings in the relay, these terminals get the yel/red and grn/red wires.
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Re: 80 goldwing, new relay keeps popping fuses.

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The terminals on the relay are labeled and hooked up motor and batt. I'll have to buy an ohmmeter tonight and check the 4 wires that go into the top I thought I had them arranged properly and even flipped them once to see if it worked. The main fuse box up by where you put gas in that has no ground wire hooked up but it ran before without it so idk if it was circumvented or what.


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