Piled Higher and Deeper
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA
Dave (or others)...
give you all something to think about.. the OEM coils are very low resistance (~0.5 ohm) and there is a ballast resistor in series with the power to the coils... yes, I believe on all GL1100 years.. on early years I believe that the ballast is internal to the spark units so you don't see it and later, at least in '83 maybe some in '82 this was not used and an external ballast was used(that you can see).. in both cases it was probably about 3 or 4 ohms... so now we get to the point
It would seem that this ballast resistor would not be necessary with the 5 ohm Neon coils.. yes the Neon coils fire, but maybe there would be ahotter spark if powered without the ballast resistor which gives another 3 ohms for a total of 8 or so.....
If anyone is playing around with these, it would be interesting to test that theory.. and If I ever get back in research mode I will.. but maybe others will get there first.. If it was an '83, I'd try by shorting the ballast.. if it was an earlier model, i'd power it from the fuse block where the ignition power is..
Nice Job.. looking forward to more..
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