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Having trouble with rough running on one side -just put new belts on. got to looking around around and found the spark unit had melted in half. May be my problem but what would cause this to happen

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It may be one of those things that just happens or a shorted coil is possible.

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Common problem, particularly on early 1100s. The ballast resistor is internal to the spark units and melts the boxes.. But just melted doesn't make it quit.. most keep on ticking... although excessive heat could eventually cause it to fail... later 1100s put the ballast resistor outside the boxes (but left the unused one inside) and reduced the problem greatly.. SDB/Jim

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thanks- so I take it this probraly doesnt have anything to do with a cylinder not hitting right

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Is this how your spark units looked? These are from my 1980 GL1100. They heat up, and the black goo seeps out. I'm told that this is just a factor of heat and time on the older 1100's. Just clean them up as best you can, and fill up the back areawith the clear epoxy you find for $5 or so at WalMart. Good as new !!!



Each unit runs (2) cylinders, so if they were bad, it would take out both. Not likely your running problem.






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nice pics and explanation too .

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that is exactly hoe they look!

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now--you know what to do .

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was at the honda shop today -thought i would just replace if part was reasonable -185.00 guess i'll be doing the epoxy trick!

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You can find them on ebay for a 1/4 the price of new.

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