Odd issue with GL1200 starter relay


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kyalami321
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Odd issue with GL1200 starter relay

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Short story: one evening, the bike started weakly but I drove it off anyway. Next time I tried to turn it on, it just clicked. Removed the starter and replaced it, but after all that work, I fed the old starter 12v from a battery jumper and it worked. Bike still just clicked even with a new starter, even though the new starter was getting 12v at the connector. Bought an aftermarket starter relay and replaced the old one. Finally it worked, but only for about 100 startups. Now I have the same symptoms. Is it possible that the relay failed again because it's aftermarket? The starter still gets 12volts at the connector. Thanks!

This is the one I bought: https://www.ebay.com/itm/262653354495



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Re: Odd issue with GL1200 starter relay

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12v at the starter doesnt tell the whole story. i have scrapped many batteries that charged up to 12+ volts. the fact that you could jump start with a known good battery is pointing to a bad battery.

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wing2 : 1980 gl1100 interstate; resurrection complete. SOLD.
wing3 : 81gl1100i frame/82gl1100a engine/81cb900 bits. resurrection complete. naked. SOLD.
wing4 : 1977 gl1000 black w/ blue pinstripes; resurrection complete. SOLD
wing5 : 1977 gl1000 black w/gold pinstripes; nearly roadworthy when purchased, NOW RIDING.
wing6 : 1975 gl1000 blue; SOLD

Re: Odd issue with GL1200 starter relay

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p.s. i hope you kept the old relay.

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