Relays


Information and questions on GL1500 Goldwings (1988-2000)
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Farmboy57
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Motorcycle: 1990 GL 1500SE

2009 GL 1800 Airbag
2000 GL 1500 SE
2000 Valkyrie 1500
1984 GL 1200
1981 GL 1100

Relays

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I have an older 1500 (1990) and I think carrying an xtra relay or two is a good idea, but here's the quandry. What ones? Humour me; Assuming they all have standard (for a Goldwing) blade arrangement, and some have different part #s, is the part # due to different amperage handling capacity? For example if there are 10 different relay part #s, (I don't know how many there are) would a person need 10 different spares or could a spare relay that exceeds the highest amperage capacity in the relay assortment be the replacement hether the defective one was 1 or 10? Would this be considered a permanent replacement? Rather get laughed at now than after my bike burned up.


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Re: Relays

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Not exactly sure about the '90 (a few minor changes between 90-92) but the 92-00 have 8 relays in the relay box, 7 of them all the same type, the 8th one (blue-colored) is a normally closed relay for the position lights.

The Admin here sells very good quality replacement relays for the 7 identical relays, see the "Store" link on this site. I bought three of them a couple months ago after a ride to work when the turn signals refused to work. They worked fine on the way home and have been fine since, but that's a sign of a tired relay. So next time I have the left saddlebag off I'll replace relay #3 (common trouble point, this powers most of the bike) and #1 (turn signals/horn) and keep the 3rd as a spare.
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Farmboy57
Posts: 31
Joined: Mon May 07, 2012 7:15 pm
Location: Moncton, NB,Canada
Motorcycle: 1990 GL 1500SE

2009 GL 1800 Airbag
2000 GL 1500 SE
2000 Valkyrie 1500
1984 GL 1200
1981 GL 1100

Re: Relays

Post by Farmboy57 »

Thanx much DW, you've been most helpful! I wrench a lot of my own stuff and basic electrical add ons but relays and circuitry stop me cold. Plus I listen to an old biker friend who has a knack of turning simple things into snake pits. Anyway, my plan from the start is to get my relays here. My Clymer is for 93-2000 for a previous 2000SE so I thought I'd see what I could find out concerning 90's. From what I've read the SE's from 90 up are essentially the same electrically anyway, the change of note was a change of dual and single contact posts relating to the starter in 88 and 89...i think. Much obliged. What a great site!
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