1983 GL1100 Aspencade Ignition Rebuild.....


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1983 GL1100 Aspencade Ignition Rebuild.....

Post by thunderwing » Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:02 am



My ignition is starting to fail as the key in the on/start position makes an intermittent connection with the dash lights cutting out when the key is moved slightly askew. I've read via my google searches that most ignitions can be rebuilt, even the 1983 aspencade one which is a unique one off OEM part. I know that Saber Cycle offers one at $169.00 but my preference is to keep my key and find a way to rebuild what I have.

I understand that I will need to drop the fairing, remove the counterweight and remove the ignition once I disconnect the pigtail for it......but the magical question is can I take apart the ignition itself, rebuild it, re-grease it, re-solder loose connections, and just plain buy some time out of it instead of dropping the $169.00.

As always thank you for any suggestions, guidance, and helpfulness.

Best,

Scott


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Re: 1983 GL1100 Aspencade Ignition Rebuild.....

Post by virgilmobile » Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:56 am

I did..I'll look for my posts about it asap.
Are you good with small tools?

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Re: 1983 GL1100 Aspencade Ignition Rebuild.....

Post by RBGERSON » Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:56 am

Yep and you don't need to take all that stuff off; you can get to the two bolts that hold the ignition on just by working a wrench under and behind the top of the mount at least on earlier models the ones w/o the electronic display..I done it several times..

But once you have it out you can pop the cover off the bottom be gentle it maybe brittle. Once you are into the guts there are several small parts don't lose them and note(take pic before you disturb them). It's a matter of cleaning off the copper but toms and soldering a small bump on each to raise the contact pad. that's it. Solder won't last as long as the copper but it will last for years just not 30.

Here are some pics. there are two diff switches one with 5 tabs and one with 6 but the internals are basically the same I think just diff button count.








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Re: 1983 GL1100 Aspencade Ignition Rebuild.....

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:59 am

thunderwing wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:02 am
My ignition is starting to fail as the key in the on/start position makes an intermittent connection with the dash lights cutting out when the key is moved slightly askew. I've read via my google searches that most ignitions can be rebuilt, even the 1983 aspencade one which is a unique one off OEM part. I know that Saber Cycle offers one at $169.00 but my preference is to keep my key and find a way to rebuild what I have.

I understand that I will need to drop the fairing, remove the counterweight and remove the ignition once I disconnect the pigtail for it......but the magical question is can I take apart the ignition itself, rebuild it, re-grease it, re-solder loose connections, and just plain buy some time out of it instead of dropping the $169.00.

As always thank you for any suggestions, guidance, and helpfulness.

Best,

Scott
Pretty well anything would be better (even a used one on eBay) than buying the cheap, short-lived Chinese crap that Saber Cycle peddles.

The switch inside the ignition is repairable, but you can find aftermarket repair kits, I know Emgo makes one. It replaces the switch portion on the bottom of the keyswitch assembly:





You can find several people selling it if you search for the part number: https://www.google.com/search?q=35101-4 ... e&ie=UTF-8

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Re: 1983 GL1100 Aspencade Ignition Rebuild.....

Post by thunderwing » Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:14 pm

I think I'm going to opt to repair the base myself, I searched the part number out and couldn't find a compatible base for the gl1100A(I have the digital dash). I will be picking up a solder iron and solder and doing the fix indicated by Rbgerson.

The 1983 switch for the Gl1100A is serviceable in this way?(Never took one apart).

Looking forward to getting this done. This site has been an invaluable resource for me, without it I wouldn't be able to keep my ride rolling. Thanks!!


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