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The blinkers on the 83 interstate I bought have me baffled,they work when they feel like it,I have checked and cleaned the connections,made no difference,is there any way to check the flasher or other componenets without buying new ones
 

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I'd suggest just buying a new flasher unit, they are not that expensive. The flasher unit is also the most likely suspect to fix the problem you describe. If it's not that then I'd carefully dismantle the switch and make sure the contacts are clean. From what I've read the cancelling unit can be taken out of the circuit to eliminate that as the cause.
 

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The blinkers on the 83 interstate I bought have me baffled,they work when they feel like it,I have checked and cleaned the connections,made no difference,is there any way to check the flasher or other componenets without buying new ones
:waving:I had the same problem on my '83 recently. They were very intermittent and eventually just quit working. With the bike parked move the turn signal switch to the left turn position and if the left turn signal light goes out but the right one comes on steady it is definitely the turn signal relay/flasher unit. The opposite would happen if the turn signal swith was moved to the right.Also neither of the rear turn signal lights would illuminate. I bought a new Honda turn signal relay and that fixed the problem. The Honda part number for the new improved relay is: 38301-MG9-681. The price varies from dealer to dealer. I bought mine from a dealer in the Seattle area and the cost was $34.42 before tax. The new unit is sqare in shape and made of plastic instead of metal like the original round relays. The rubber cushion/mount can still be used with these new relay units.
 

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I'd suggest just buying a new flasher unit, they are not that expensive. The flasher unit is also the most likely suspect to fix the problem you describe. If it's not that then I'd carefully dismantle the switch and make sure the contacts are clean. From what I've read the cancelling unit can be taken out of the circuit to eliminate that as the cause.
:waving:The turn signal relay/flasher on the '83 is different than the ones on the '80-'82 and thay cannnot be totally dismantled and cleaned. I removed the bottom from my original relay and that's all I was able to remove. With a bad turn signal relay on an '83 the turn signal self cancelling feature still works.
 

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that part number is the new one they gave me today,it is going to take a week to get here
 

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that part number is the new one they gave me today,it is going to take a week to get here
:waving:When you get the new one even though it is square and the original is roundyou will still be able to use the rubber mount/cushion. The new relay has a clip on it but it is not a secure fit. The forum link below will give you some info on removing and replacing the turn signal relay/flasher unit on your '83 Interstate.

http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/forum1/76610.html
 

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I just went to the local auto parts store and bough a electronic flasher. You get a steady blink no mater the load on the circuit or RPM of the engine. (makes hauling the trailer nicer) I could have used a three wire but the two wire works fine.
 

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I just went to the local auto parts store and bough a electronic flasher. You get a steady blink no mater the load on the circuit or RPM of the engine. (makes hauling the trailer nicer) I could have used a three wire but the two wire works fine.
:waving:The connector on the '83 is not compatable with an automotive turn signal flasher.
 

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I just went to the local auto parts store and bough a electronic flasher. You get a steady blink no mater the load on the circuit or RPM of the engine. (makes hauling the trailer nicer) I could have used a three wire but the two wire works fine.
:waving:The connector on the '83 is not compatable with an automotive turn signal flasher.
Well, that would be a PITA:X. I thought all these were standard sizes.
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clarkjh wrote:
I just went to the local auto parts store and bough a electronic flasher. You get a steady blink no mater the load on the circuit or RPM of the engine. (makes hauling the trailer nicer) I could have used a three wire but the two wire works fine.
:waving:The connector on the '83 is not compatable with an automotive turn signal flasher.
Well, that would be a PITA:X. I thought all these were standard sizes.
James
:waving:The turn signal relay on the '80-'82 GL1100 is not the same one that's used on the '83 GoldWing. The GL1200 also uses the same turn signal relay as the '83's. Below is a pic of the connector on the '83 turn signal relay/flasher unit. As you can see it is not compatable with an automotive type flasher. This is the old style relay that I recently removed from my '83 Interstate. The new relays are square and made of plastic with the internal parts vastly improved as compared to original OEM units.
 

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Now that is a nasty trick to do. If it was on a pigtail I would put new spade ends on.

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Could be a dirty handlebar switch. Clean it before you start buying stuff. :waving:
:waving:What caused my problem was not a dirty handlebar swithch but a turn signalrelay that ceased to function. It started getting intermittent and at times would work but eventually it got to the point where I had to use hand signals which is a pain when on the freeway &there were times when they started working as I was almost back home. The self cancelling feature always worked with out any problem. I have not had any more turn signal relatedproblems sinceI replaced the original unit with the new Honda turn signal relay part number 38301-MG9-681. Some dealerschargeway too much so one needs to shop around for the best price.



If the turn signal self cancelling system works on your '82-'83GL1100 and the turn signals don't then the turn signal relay/flasheris defectiveand replacementof the relaywill fix the problem.
 

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I recieved the new flasher yesterday ,installed it and put 375 kms on yesterday everything works great thanks to all for the help
 

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I installed auto flasher for $2, don't remember how I dealt with 3 wires. I think one of them is ground which is not needed. Auto flasher changes frequency if bulb is burnt which is definitely useful.
It is not just about money I hate to wait several days and then drive 20 miles to dealership. Or wait 10 day to get mail order.
 

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I recieved the new flasher yesterday ,installed it and put 375 kms on yesterday everything works great thanks to all for the help
:waving:Good to hear that your turn signal problem is fixed. Did you use the rubber mount on the new turn signal relay?
 
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