Electrical problems...ARRGGHH!!!


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Electrical problems...ARRGGHH!!!

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Hey guys, on my '99 GL-1500 SE,
I'm having a hell of time figuring out what is wrong here.
At the moment, I have lost a number of systems.
(but the bike still runs fine!)
Here is a list of what is NOT working!
No lights on the trunk (the tail lights below the license plate work fine)
No position lights (next to the headlight)
No parking lights (in the front directional housing. But the directional signals work fine)
No lower cowl lights (down by the engine)\
No cruise control
No reverse!
No gas gauge.
No temperature gauge.
I still have the neutral light and high beam indicator, but not much else.

Whatever happened, it all happened at the same time.
Bike still runs fine. I have headlights and tail lights below the license plate.


I'm thinking maybe a relay?
Or could it be the ignition switch?
Anyone have a guess here?
I can't imagine how all these things are related electrically.


George in Jersey.
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Re: Electrical problems...ARRGGHH!!!

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Try swapping No. 3 tail/main relay with another. :) While out look for burned/melted wire connectors inside box which that relay plugs into.
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Re: Electrical problems...ARRGGHH!!!

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Thanks for the suggestion. I'll try it tomorrow when I'm in the shop.
But....
Speaking of relays, Why in the heck did someone design that bike
so that you can't remove the cover from the relay box unless you
remove the left saddlebag first?
Is there a way to get into the relay box without removing the bag?
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Re: Electrical problems...ARRGGHH!!!

Post by dingdong »

offcenter wrote: Wed Jan 06, 2021 6:07 pm Thanks for the suggestion. I'll try it tomorrow when I'm in the shop.
But....
Speaking of relays, Why in the heck did someone design that bike
so that you can't remove the cover from the relay box unless you
remove the left saddlebag first?
Is there a way to get into the relay box without removing the bag?

You don't have to totally remove the bag. You do however have to remove all 4 bolts and move the bag out enough to remove the cover. Takes all of 2 minutes.


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