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Nate1994
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Post by Nate1994 » Wed May 08, 2019 7:03 pm



So my electric ignition went out on my 1976 Honda GL1000. Does anyone know how to convert it back to points? I have the original points just want to make sure I connect it correctly.



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Re: Points

Post by Maz » Thu May 09, 2019 1:51 am

The connections are easy - Yellow and Blue. Also, you will need to re-install the condenser (assuming it was removed when the electronic ignition was fitted), which also has a Yellow and a Blue wire and connects to the same place as the points. You will also need the original collar (cam) to operate the points, which fits on the central spindle in place of whatever rotor was used on the electronic ignition (different manufacturers used different rotors, depending on whether the electronic ignition is hall effect or optical).
Once you have those items, it's a 20 minute job.

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Re: Points

Post by Nate1994 » Thu May 09, 2019 6:32 pm

Awesome! I have all of that. I will try to figure it out the weekend. I’m guessing after I get it all hook up I’ll have to re set the timing?

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Re: Points

Post by Maz » Fri May 10, 2019 1:25 am

Yes you certainly will.
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Re: Points

Post by Nate1994 » Sat May 11, 2019 9:53 am

Ok how do I connect the points to the coils? There is 4 wires at the coils and only 2 at the points. Where cold I find some detailed info on this? I just don’t want to do it wrong.

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Re: Points

Post by Maz » Sat May 11, 2019 11:40 am

You should have a black/white to each coil, which is 12v feed from ignition switch and a yellow to one coil and a blue to the other. The other end of the yellow and blue goes to the points.
Search Google for GL1000 wiring diagram or there may be one in the 'Manuals' section at the top of the page on this site.
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Re: Points

Post by SnoBrdr » Sat May 11, 2019 12:07 pm

Nate1994 wrote:
Sat May 11, 2019 9:53 am
Ok how do I connect the points to the coils? There is 4 wires at the coils and only 2 at the points. Where cold I find some detailed info on this? I just don’t want to do it wrong.
Don't forget the ballast.

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Re: Points

Post by Nate1994 » Sat May 11, 2019 12:56 pm

So is it wired that the person before me left the condenser hooked up?

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Re: Points

Post by Maz » Sat May 11, 2019 4:55 pm

If the coils are the originals, the ballast resistor would probably be left connected with electronic ignition (they don't take to kindly to being fed with a constant 12v, hence the resistor is only bypassed during starting to get a stronger spark). If Dyna coils are fitted, the resistor is not required.
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Re: Points

Post by Maz » Mon May 13, 2019 1:28 pm

Nate1994 wrote:
Sat May 11, 2019 12:56 pm
So is it wired that the person before me left the condenser hooked up?
Apologies.... I answered thinking about the ballast resistor!
The condenser may have been left connected by accident. It is not required with electronic ignition. It's purpose is to suppress arcing across the points, which would give you a rough / weak spark and burn the contact faces on the points.
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