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Hello All I have purchased my first wing - a 1980 interstate edition with 68000 miles on it, and I have a couple of questions.

If try to crank the bike the red light faintly dims. If I short the solenoid, the starter will roll over.

So I got a 1981 interstate wiring harness. All is ok except the 81 wiring harness rear leads are reversed (from left to right, top to bottom) (81 harness) Red White, Red, Yellow Red, Green Red. The 80 model harness is (from left to right, top to bottom)
2 Reds , and if you notice the bottom 2 wires are reversed from the 81 harness.

My question is what are the 2 nonred wires used for? I found but did not bookmark a page on this forum of a gentleman with a 1000 series bike needing a solenoid and using
a ford solenoid as a replacement the post also referenced www.cresentmoonunlimited.com for the gl 1000 in the post.

Can you use a ford solenoid?

Where does the blue wire go in the pic? It goes the lights in my forks, but I am not sure of where it goes into the harness.

Last but not least the random gray jacketed wire of doom coming from the middle of the bike. Has anyone have a clue what wire this is?


pic order as follows

81 wiring harness solenoid connector

80 wiring harness solenoid connector

blue wire from front forks into mystery connector

mystery wire that is jacketed from mid of engine.





thank you
Jack
 

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The way the plug is wired is fine, it will work either way.
The mystery jacketed wire is the neutral switch.
The blue wire is an add on, what do you want it to do?
 

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Welcome from the state of Pennsylvania!





 

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go to reference section and download manuals and wiring diagrams..
 

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welcome to the forum, I have a 1200...so I'm not too helpful... be sure the battery/juice is all good, before changing too much...wings don't usually take much fiddle work, unless someone's changed it wrong ahead of you..... great luck getting the girl working right....she'll be a good one, for sure...
 

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Well pushing the start button does nothing. I can short the solenoid and the bike will turn over. I see in other post looking for the ballast resistor and shorting it to check. Where is this located?

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If pushing start button does nothing but can short across relay, then start button may need some contact cleaner/contact cleaning attention.
 

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On my 83 A I went threw two solenoids before I went to a ford solenoid without any further problems.
 

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The start button will not work if the neutral wire is disconnected unless you pull in the clutch and if the clutch switch works. The wire from the neutral switch connects to a red/yellow wire somewhere near the steering head.
 

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ahh now we are getting somewhere thank you...I guess the clutch switch does not work cause she will not crank with neutral wire disconnected.

will look

thank you !!
 
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