1998 GL1500 Igntion replacement


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Alrocsmash
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1998 GL1500 Igntion replacement

Post by Alrocsmash » Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:42 am



Hello all!

A pin broke in my ignition on my 1998 GL1500. Now the key will not insert. I ordered a new ignition via a dealer. I want to do the replacement myself as money is tight right now. Does anyone have any Method Of Procedure or description of the steps? This seems simple, two bolts, a wire harness, the cover and I need to remove the seat. What else?

Much appreciated!

'Roc



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Re: 1998 GL1500 Igntion replacement

Post by virgilmobile » Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:43 pm

If it's like my 88..the 2 bolts holding the switch to the frame are security bolts.Had to use a cold chisel to break them loose and pliers to remove.I replaced them with regular bolts.
Also...I hope your getting a new switch and wiring along with the housing...As I recall to remove the actual switch part,I had to turn the key to the on position.You may have to break your switch out of the housing...
On my 88 the switch has a harness attached to it...It feeds in..around and comes out behind the left marker light..
If yours is the same..tag a wire to one of the plugs and pull it through with the harness..Makes it easier to pull it back in.

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Re: 1998 GL1500 Igntion replacement

Post by Alrocsmash » Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:54 pm

Thanks for the info! I'll try this and see if they are the same. The colt chisel sounds correct, I've been scouring the internet and that's repeated. They key sounds right, whenever you replace a key housing in basically any situation, you have to turn it ON to release, otherwise you're a thief with some wrenches. Which means I might be screwed, or just take it to my shop to have them do it. Ideas how to break it out of the housing if so?

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Re: 1998 GL1500 Igntion replacement

Post by virgilmobile » Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:10 pm

You can take a look through this post I did about mine.It may give you ideas.If your new key switch assydoes not include the switch and wiring you'll have to cut the outer casting away from the switch.viewtopic.php?f=6&t=35868&hilit=Flooded+bike&start=50

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Re: 1998 GL1500 Igntion replacement

Post by Charlie1Horse » Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:54 pm

Take a drill and about a 1/4 inch bit and drill straight (CENTERED) just as you would insert the key and all the tumblers should fall out. Then you can turn the lock cylinder to the on position to remove it. Don't drill any deeper than the length of the key or you might drill into the switch and ruin it as well
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Re: 1998 GL1500 Igntion replacement

Post by Uncle Fester » Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:59 pm

I just had a shop do mine, and they where cool enough to let me see it being taken out AFTER they got the plastics out of the way, made me glad I took it to them ! Was like a 2hour job for my mech who had done it before, and he was inside with AC, I would have had to do it outside, with our even as much a shade . . . . . PASS !


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