1986 GL1200A Electrical Issue - Solenoid?


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1986 GL1200A Electrical Issue - Solenoid?

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I have recently acquired a 1986 GL1200A from a man who burnt up the main fuse and, I believe solenoid, by, he said, trying to jump it off a car battery. I did not judge him as it allowed me to get his bike for a very good price. I feel like it's something I can probably repair by replacing what I think is the solenoid or relay. Problem is, I have no idea how to rewire this thing and do not want to mess it up. I have included some pics of the part.











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Re: 1986 GL1200A Electrical Issue - Solenoid?

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Basic...the starter solenoid...it has the battery cable to it and then goes to the starter..The solenoid "needs"the 2 small wires to make it click.
The 2 large red wires need to be bonded together (the ones from the harness) and a Honker of a fuse holder (#12 at least and what you have looks ok) with a 30 amp fuse connected to the battery positive cable.
Always attach the fuse as close as possible to the battery and it's best to solder rather than using crimp connectors.

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Re: 1986 GL1200A Electrical Issue - Solenoid?

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Great advice. Thanks. That is encouraging to hear you say it is simple.

So, the two small wires needed to make it click are the red and green cables below? Does it matter where they're attached on the solenoid?


There is also this light green wire. Does it matter where it attaches on the solenoid?


The orange wire houses the 30 amp fuse. where does it need to attach?


The red wires need to be bonded together and then connected to the solenoid where?


Thanks again!

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Re: 1986 GL1200A Electrical Issue - Solenoid?

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It looks like a lot of DIY wiring there so I cannot tell what they go to.You need to follow them to the original wiring.
.By your pictures,the solenoid has the small 4 wire plug still there..I'm guessing that it's still ok and just the red wires need to be delt with.The green wire...may be something added on...It's not OEM...it could go to a power outlet...Be safe and cut it loose...I don't see a fuse there.
The red wires I refer to also are in the harness and use to go to the solenoid..One is a solid red the other is red/black.Bond these together..tie to the fuse and the other end can attach direct to the battery positive post or the solenoid battery cable.Whichever is more convenient.
Remove all excess wiring that looked added on..(for now)..
You should end up with a solenoid...2 big cables on it..(battery and starter)...2 small wires to make it click (there usually closest to the lugs)...2 red wires (OEM) from the harness attached to the solenoid with that big fuse holder and it attached to the battery (or it's cable).
You may find other problems...depends on if the wiring was butchered and how bad.
Even that can be fixed.

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Re: 1986 GL1200A Electrical Issue - Solenoid?

Post by sonny benfield »

wiring can be a real pain.... can take a lot of time... don,t go wild and start cutting wires.. just run 1 at a time.



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