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Because GD doesn’t ship to the UK (and I work 370 miles from my Wing) does anyone have a good diagram of which relay goes where as I would like to update them all on a 33 year old GL1500 K (1989)
I’m back with my Wing weekend after next and am adding accessory fuse box and relay so it’s an opportunity when I have the Wing stripped
(I also appreciate 370 miles in the US is a trip to buy some milk!)
Thanks


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The '92-'00 models all have 8 relays in the box, 7 of them all the same type sold here ant the 8th one is a different color housing, light blue I think, and is a normally closed relay. The '89 model is a slightly different animal, I suspect it will have the same 8 relays, plus at least one more for fuel pump, and maybe another.

Anyone have wiring spec's/diagram for '88-89 wings to confirm?

I think if you get 9 new relays you'll have it covered, might wind up with an extra though. Just change out all the relays in the box of the same color.
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Big thanks for that 😃👍
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Tamxs wrote: Wed Aug 17, 2022 5:19 pm Because GD doesn’t ship to the UK (and I work 370 miles from my Wing) does anyone have a good diagram of which relay goes where as I would like to update them all on a 33 year old GL1500 K (1989)
I’m back with my Wing weekend after next and am adding accessory fuse box and relay so it’s an opportunity when I have the Wing stripped
(I also appreciate 370 miles in the US is a trip to buy some milk!)
Thanks
We do ship to the UK - just not from the web site. We ship to the UK only from our eBay Store, as they do the customs/duty submission for us.

All others (outside the UK) can order directly from our online store.

All the relays are identical save for the blue one, so if you buy a full set of 7, you can just replace all the black relays and you're good to go.
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If you are looking for a diagram of which one goes where, here it is:

Relay diagram
Relay diagram

"Position Relay" - relay 7 - is the blue one, and is the only one you would not replace with one of ours (and it rarely fails, unlike the others).

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And if you want to know why these relays fail...over time, the contacts pit and burn, and eventually they just stop conducting electricity:

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You never know when a relay is finally going to call it quits, which is why so many people just buy a few relays to have on hand - and SO MANY people just buy a full set of 7 and replace them all at once to be sure.
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Hi all,
Dose this relay also apply to the GL1500 SEi model?
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MrsGravel16 wrote: Thu Sep 01, 2022 3:24 am Hi all,
Dose this relay also apply to the GL1500 SEi model?
1500 SE
or
1200 SEi
???
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MrsGravel16 wrote: Thu Sep 01, 2022 3:24 am Hi all,
Dose this relay also apply to the GL1500 SEi model?
I'm pretty sure you're talking about the GL1200 SEi, as a) that's what you have, and b) there is no GL1500 SEi, and the answer is no: these relays are unique to the GL1500.
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Sorry my boo boo. Just finished work so brain wasn't quite in gear.
Thanks for the heads up all.
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Remember also that a couple of minutes with Emery cloth or a contact file will clean the relays.

That's the good news.

The bad news is that there are a limited number of times that you can do this, and you have to be careful to avoid bending the contacts out of alignment. Better to buy new, but then clean up the old ones and hang onto them for spares.
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Thank you for this input. Now noted.
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Solo So Long wrote: Thu Sep 01, 2022 7:53 pm Remember also that a couple of minutes with Emery cloth or a contact file will clean the relays.

That's the good news.

The bad news is that there are a limited number of times that you can do this, and you have to be careful to avoid bending the contacts out of alignment. Better to buy new, but then clean up the old ones and hang onto them for spares.
I would do this for more expensive relays, which usually can be disassembled for just this purpose. These relays are sealed, so they have to be cut open - which then of course exposes the contacts to moisture and oxidation.

The contacts have a very thin layer of metal to prevent oxidation, and as you mention, you can't sand away this layer much without completely removing it. Those relays with badly pitted contacts have already burned through that layer, and can't really be saved.


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