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GL1100 ignition switch in GL1200

Just modded in a redesigned aftermarket GL1100 ignition switch into my '84 GL1200. I used the old switch to make an intermediary harness. Since the 1100 switch is 6 pin and the 1200 is a 7 pin, one pin had to be commoned with another.

I took the fan lead (blue with orange-ish stripe) and paired it with the black wire on the same spade. There's two brown wires and one brown with a stripe on the 1200, and one brown with two brown with stripe on the 1100. On the 1200 connector, the brown wire right next to the brown wire with the stripe is equivalent to the second brown wire with stripe on the 1100 switch. I cropped back the heat shrink on the spade on the solid brown wire as an identifier if I need to pull it back apart for some reason.

The only downside is now the switch is recessed in the housing. The bolt pattern is the same, but the bolt holes are the wrong side. I just have it held in with tie wire, which is then covered by the plastic.

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nice retrofit. Can you fab an adapter to mount the switch solidly ?

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I'm sure I could figure something out. Probably a thread insert to change the 8mm hole to 6mm to match the 1100 switch. Do you know what the thread pitch is for the 8mm bolt for the 1200 and the 6mm bolt for the 1100?

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Why not just get the correct switch?

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Because the only new production switch I could find is sold by Saber Cycle and is $169. I paid $26 for the 1100 switch. Plus if I paid $169 and it failed again... No.

I found 5mm EZ locks that have a 8x1.25mm external thread. I plan on getting a set of those to bolt the new switch in. About $5 for the inserts, $2 for bolts, $1 worth of spades, $26 for the switch, figure my time to build the intermediate harness (5 minutes).

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I'm sure I could figure something out. Probably a thread insert to change the 8mm hole to 6mm to match the 1100 switch. Do you know what the thread pitch is for the 8mm bolt for the 1200 and the 6mm bolt for the 1100?
Why not drill out the holes in the switch? That doesn't look like an 1100 switch anyway, they don't have a wiring pigtail, the connector plugs directly into the switch. An ST1100 switch would work better though, they are taller.

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Call American Honda customer service in S.Calif with your frame vin # and they will tell you if it falls within their vin# replacement range and if so, they will have a dealer replace the Base Only for free.

HONDA GL1200 1984: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION:SWITCH
Make : HONDA Model : GL1200 Year : 1984
Build Dates : 1983-05-01 - 1984-05-01
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 84V067000
Date Owner's Notified: 1984-07-05 Date Received by ODI: 1984-05-29 Date Added to Database: 1984-06-11
Manufacturers Involved: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)
Manufacturer's Responsible for the Recall:
Manufacturer Campaign Number:
Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION:SWITCH
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 28750
Summary:
SWITCH COVER WHICH PROVIDES FOR A GOOD WIRE CONNECTION COULD BECOME LOOSE AND POSSIBLY CAUSE LOSS OF ALL ELECTRICAL FUNCTIONS.
Consequence:

Remedy:
THE IGNITION SWITCH WIRING HARNESS WILL BE REPLACED ALONG WITH THE SWITCH COVER. THE COVER IS INSTALLED TO ENSURE PROPER WIRE CONNECTION.
Report Initiator: MFR V Report
Regulation Part Number: Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Number:
Notes:
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: MOTORCYCLES.SYSTEM: ELECTRICAL; IGNITION SWITCH WIRING HARNESS.CONSEQUENCES OF DEFECT: ENGINE COULD SHUT OFF WHILE VEHICLE IS IN OPERATION,POSSIBLY RESULTING IN AN ACCIDENT.
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It is a redesigned 1100 switch. They added the pigtail yo make it easier to install. The end is also retained with screws. I already called a Honda, and my bike is just outside the recall window.

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As far as drilling out the holes in the switch, I don’t think they’d make it to 8mm. I might try anyway...

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Outside their vin range is Bogus. I have 3 84 standards, all with the same plastic bottom cover that is part of the problem and only 1 falls within the recall WHY ?

I bought this 3 screw Standard switch off of ebay, the only one I've ever seen offered.
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