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post #1 of 64 (permalink) Old 03-20-2018, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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bad ignition switch causing bike to turn off on the road*DANGER*

hello everyone, the past couple of weeks it has been difficult to start up the wing. I simply just havent been able to get electricity. I turn the key and nothing happens. i wiggle the key around and the lights come on and off. i have to turn it the key extremely slowly to try and find the sweet spot and gently remove my hand so i can finally press the start button. the bigger problem is that when i ride, all the vibration makes the system shut off and this is terribly dangerous, luckily this hasn't happened on the highway yet. any idea what the problem may be? I need to repair this as soon as possible!!
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There was a safety recall on the early 1984 Goldwings for that very thing.
Check with your dealer to see if yours is affected and if the replacement has been done.

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Switches wear out. You didn’t mention the year, but a small possibility on at least earlier models is the L-shaped connector at the bottom of the ignition switch is loose. More likely you need a new switch.
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I have a nice/clean used one for $40 + shipping.

These are a pain to replace on a dresser with the fairing on. You need to loosen the fork cross over air line tube fittings and drop it straight down for the base wires/clamp to clear it. After it's installed, push the air line up to the bottom of the switch base to help hold the base cover tight.
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There was a safety recall on the early 1984 Goldwings for that very thing.
Check with your dealer to see if yours is affected and if the replacement has been done.
how do i do this? Do I go to any honda dealer? or any bike dealer? i just read o another thread here that all the 84's that were produced after MAY 1984 dont qualify for the recall because they have the new switch, how do i check for this?

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Switches wear out. You didn’t mention the year, but a small possibility on at least earlier models is the L-shaped connector at the bottom of the ignition switch is loose. More likely you need a new switch.
its an 84. ill try and check for this.

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I have a nice/clean used one for $40 + shipping.

These are a pain to replace on a dresser with the fairing on. You need to loosen the fork cross over air line tube fittings and drop it straight down for the base wires/clamp to clear it. After it's installed, push the air line up to the bottom of the switch base to help hold the base cover tight.
i see, this is a side topic, but ive been trying to figure out how to remove the fairing for a paint job anyway. is removing the fairing a pain as well?
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https://auto-recalls.justia.com/hond...000/index.html

http://goldwingtech.info/yelnats69/f...on_switch.html

They denied my 84 Standard switch 3 years ago not being in their vin # range.

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is removing the fairing a pain as well?

Not really all that hard if you are a methodical and meticulous type of person.

Remove the lowers & inner covers.

Remove the windshield & headlight.

Unplug the wiring on both sides.

Remove the bolts holding the fairing & remove the fairing.*

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Not really all that hard if you are a methodical and meticulous type of person.

Remove the lowers & inner covers.

Remove the windshield & headlight.

Unplug the wiring on both sides.

Remove the bolts holding the fairing & remove the fairing.*

* This step is much easier with a helper.

Pay me my consultation fee. **

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thanks dennis! i wiil pay you with anothe question . is read there were two different types of switches, one with a single connector and a double connector. how do i tell which one i have?
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https://auto-recalls.justia.com/hond...000/index.html

http://goldwingtech.info/yelnats69/f...on_switch.html

They denied my 84 Standard switch 3 years ago not being in their vin # range.
I wonder if it will be the same for my interstate. so all i have to do is give them my VIN number?
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