Headlight/tach/gauge lights and guages


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Wendy71
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Headlight/tach/gauge lights and guages

Post by Wendy71 » Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:42 pm



I hope some one can help me. I have a 1984 GL1200i. Runs great. However, lost all lights (including headlight, brake lights, blinkers, taillights, gauge lights, ALL lights) gauges, tact and speed. The first time it done it I was on the road several hundred miles from home, then hit a bump and all came on, worked for a couple months then lot it again and still it is inop. Bike still starts and runs good. Where would be my starting point on figuring this out? Thank you for your help.

I just separated fyse block from wiring harness. The second link from left on top looks to be melted a little bit. Do not know if that could be a contributing factor or not. But do not see how that could cover all of the problems I am having.



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Re: Headlight/tach/gauge lights and guages

Post by DaveO430 » Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:17 pm

I don't have a diagram of the fuse box connector but if it is a black/red wire it supplies all the power to the fuses.

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Re: Headlight/tach/gauge lights and guages

Post by virgilmobile » Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:48 pm

The 1200 has a plug that connects the bikes wiring to the faring wiring.It could be loose or corroded contacts.This plug can be seen in the bottom inside of the left pocket and connects to the bike seen by removing the left cover that's just to the right of the pocket.Tight space to work in.
I lost all my "park"lamps through this plug.The connector corroded completely off.

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Re: Headlight/tach/gauge lights and guages

Post by DenverWinger » Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:09 pm

I've actually had a fuse fail (no, not "blow", it failed) in my 1100. One end of the fusible element inside the glass came detached from the end cap, the element wasn't melted. Old fuse, I guess. New fuse made it good as new.

You can test fuses with a voltmeter, in circuit, power 'on'. A bad fuse will show voltage across it.
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Wendy71
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Re: Headlight/tach/gauge lights and guages

Post by Wendy71 » Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:30 pm

I found the problem!!!

1. There was a brown plug somehow got unplugged on left side under handle bars.

2. Wiring harness going into fuse block, if wiggled it everything would work, then wiggle it again and it would all quit. Replaced fuse block and wiring harness going to fuse block. All problems appear to be fixed.

Thanks for everyone's help on this. It is greatly appreciated!!!!



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