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So I just took the fairing off of the 81 interstate that I bought. Put a very straight forward single headlight and turn signals on it, and I thought that the wiring job was a peice of cake. Aparently I was wrong. The headlight hi and low beam work great, as does the horn, etc. and the turn signals light up as running lights, BUT... they don't blink! When I looked through the wiring in the fairing )which contained the original turn signals) it looked like the wiring went up from the bike through the fairing with no "blinker" (like you would find in a car) in the way. I was very careful about my testing, made sure I had the correct wires to go to the signals and the headlight. Did I cut the blinking module out and leave it in the fairing, or is there another explanation? I know what a blinker module looks like in a car (an older one anyway) what does it look like in an 81 GL1100?



On an aside, all of the wires under the fairing and where a headlight would usually be on a regualr bike go into a box with a big cast iron heat sinc. Why is this? Is there any reason I can't remove that box to mount the headlight higher than I have it?
 

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The actual blinker relay is on the left side of the air breather assembly inside the false tank. I believe you might be referring to the fork weight? That is supposed to keep the front from wobbling and add a more solid feel to the front. I don't think you want to remove it.
As an aside, there is another site of people who have removed fairings called http://www.nakedgoldwings.com/
They might have some advice on lighting and stuff.
 

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There should be 3 wires going to each front turn/marker light. Orange for left turn, orange/white for marker and green (ground). Blue for right turn, blue/white= right marker and green. When you switch the turn signal on the marker for that side should go off.
 
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