Blowing taillight fuse and losing gauges


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dragonslayer
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Blowing taillight fuse and losing gauges

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I own a 2003 1800 that keeps blowing the taillight fuse, then I lose all my gauges, dashlights, taillights. Have traced it to a brown wire w/ solid white tracer. Just can't figure out the problem or is there some thing else tyhat is a common problem


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Re: Blowing taillight fuse and losing gauges

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Have you had any work done on your bike ie,rear tire ,breaks,because it sounds like you have a short going on somewhere. It could also be some where under the false tank. Its a pain in the butt to track down them shorts. Good Luck Hal
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dragonslayer
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No work done on bike. Thanks
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Re: Blowing taillight fuse and losing gauges

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Do you know if any previous owner has added extra lights to the rear and then removed them. It could be that they have connected some to the wiring with scotchlock connectors (UK name) which work by simply crimping a piece of metal across the wire with the extra wire connected in place. If this has happened and they have removed the connector it could be that the wire is shorting causing your problems.
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Re: Blowing taillight fuse and losing gauges

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The previous owner bought the bike new from dealer. Has lights on bags and trunk that are still there. They might be connected with the connectors you mentioned I"ll have to check further and see.


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Re: Blowing taillight fuse and losing gauges

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I was with some Goldwingers this past weekend and two of them have 2003 GL1800s with the same problem as yours. They are in the process of replacing the entire wiring harnesses to end this headache. I think this indicates that the 2003s have a problem, probably some chaffed wiring. Be advised, if you go the same route, the 2003 GL1800 is absolutely alone in the wiring harness it needs. The 2001 to 2003 that is being sold, only fits two of the three plugs behind the power box (and really only fits 2001 and 2002), and the 2004 is different again. All this is from two guys who were at the get together, both owning 2003s, same problems, and same difficulty getting wiring harnesses. I know nothing more, and as you can probably tell, I do not really know a lot about this problem. I am only passing on some stuff I heard discussed.
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When it rains it pours... I just talked to another guy who had problems with his lights and fuses four or five years ago, and it turned out to be the ground wire in the big wiring plug under the seat. He cut the wire behind the plug that was supposed to be carrying ground and grounded it directly to the frame and it solved all his problems.
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Re: Blowing taillight fuse and losing gauges

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Had a buddy lights go the same way. Traced it to a bad switch for his fog lights.


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