GL1500I Ignition


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GL1500I Ignition

Post by aholloway17 » Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:14 pm



Well, no locksmith will even come to look at the broken key in the ignition, dismal! Nope, superglue didn't get it. So, the next thing to do, as the key will not come out is to replace the whole thing. And, the question is will an ignition from an Aspencade or SE fit the interstate and work?

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Re: GL1500I Ignition

Post by RockportDave » Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:59 pm

Seems you are going to have to take the switch out anyway, so after you get it out, spray it with some good lube and give it a good hit with a dead blow mallet. It may jar the piece out or out enough to get ahold of it with needle nose pliers.
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Re: GL1500I Ignition

Post by Mh434 » Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:45 pm

Just a thought - the last time that happened to me, I used a dental pick (a real one, obtained from my dentist) to hook onto the broken off stub inside the lock. Those picks are amazing, thin enough to slip in beside the key remains, and strong enough to dig into the brass key so you can (hopefully!) pull it out.

Even if it doesn't work, you've lost nothing - and if it does work, you'll have saved a pile!

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Re: GL1500I Ignition Resolved

Post by aholloway17 » Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:37 am

Well, after a lengthy Friday and Saturday, the ignition has been replaced. If, you find yourself having to remove the ignition, this is what I learned. The entire fairing has to come off as there were no entry points (on a 94 GL1500i) through which to access the bolts on the front of the ignition assembly. Removing the headlights, signal lights, vents etc. revealed nothing. Any openings leave you at a disadvantaged angle because no matter what, you will be using a tooth hammer (5lb mallet) to get those bolts off. Also know that the structural integrity (strength) of the fairing is tied through most of it's parts and how they attach to the bikes frame, so fitting it back together is tight. As for the bolts, I tried taking the chisel and tooth hammer and shearing off the bolt heads, no. What you will find, as I did, after several good strikes the bolt head showed no signs of shearing. Also tried making a slot in the head of the bolt, again no. So, I notched the side of the bolt head, took a hefty screwdriver and gave it three good smacks with the tooth hammer and it turned and that was all I needed to get it out. The biggest time consumer was taking apart and reassembling the fairing. All and all, I've gained intimate knowledge about my bike, the replacement ignition came with a gold coveted Goldwing key woohoo, and while I had it apart I changed speakers, corrected a poor ground and made other various adjustments!

As always a big thanks to the great people who make up this community!

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Re: GL1500I Ignition

Post by Mh434 » Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:01 am

Wow, what a marathon! Good job getting it fixed! I guess it will be good for another 30 years or so, so you shouldn't ever have to do it again...

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Re: GL1500I Ignition

Post by aholloway17 » Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:28 pm

LOL, in another thirty years I'll be too old to care!


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