83 goldwing gl1100a aspencade


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mamorriz
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83 goldwing gl1100a aspencade

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must the voltmeter be hooked up for the digital dash to work?


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I do not believe so. The voltmeter is in the fairing and hooks to the bike via the umbilical cord. Do not see why it would be necessary to have the voltmeter working before the dash pod would power up.
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ok. thanks. but neither the voltmeter or dash work. i cannot figure out why. any suggestions?
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I am not an electrical guru but a few folks here are. We need more info from you like is the total dash pod not coming to life or are there some functions that work. What have you tried to trouble shoot the situation so far? Checked and cleaned grounds? Checked the fuses in the fuse panel? (not just by sight but by using a test light as fuses can appear to be OK when they are indeed faulty). Give us some clues as to what is going on.
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sure. i have done everything youve mentioned and more. (traced wires to check connections, tested connections, etc etc) i have the neutral light, and thats it. absolutely nothing else. all wires are connected, red power wire has juice, everything is as it should be....at least as far as my simple knowledge goes. im sure its probably something simple ive overlooked or dont know about, but its making me nuts because i cant find the problem.
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From my understanding the neutral light is activated by a ground wire that is connected through a connector/harness which runs up the front right hand frame member. So I am thinking that if that is all you have (neutral light) then you are missing a power source not a ground. Make sure that all of your connectors are clean and secure and maybe use some dielectric grease to ensure a good connection. If it were my bike I would be separating each and every connector, putting in some grease and re-hooking the connectors. Did your losing the dash pod functions and volt meter happen suddenly or is has this been an on going problem with your bike? That is the limit of my knowledge hopefully someone else will chime in.
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i have just recently acquired the bike, and the dash did not work already. i have checked and rechecked all connections. just dont know what im missing. starting to think it may just be a job for the mechanic who inspects it. i just imagine a huge bill if he fixes it, and it wont need anything else for inspection.
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Lets try this. You should have two four wire connectors on the panel. Find the one with the Br/W wire. Unplug the connector and check to see if you have power to the Br/W wire with the ign sw to on and the engine cutoff switch in the run position. Use a test light or volt meter with a known good ground for this. If you have power there then go toward the panel and check from plug to panel. No power to the plug then check power at the ign. switch at terminal TL1 for power. No power is the switch itself or dirty terminals in the switch. Power at the switch means you have a break or poor connection at the ign cut off switch. Those terminals can get corroded and can be cleaned up by you. To test the panel just run a + jumper wire to the Br/W plug and a - wire to the grn and the panel should light up at least. Keep us posted
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well, again, thanks for the advice. however...there is no br/w wire going into the dash. any other suggestions? and heres a question....since there is also no solid green in any of those four plugs...how does the dash get grounded?
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Can you send photos of this mess. what are the colors then on the connectors?
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i will try taking and sending photos.
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fixed it gents. turned out to be a bl/br wire that wasnt gettin any juice. traced it, connected it...problem solved. thanks to everyone who chimed in here. i was completely lost there. now i can reassemble it and get on the road.


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