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I have a 1982 GL1100 Interstate & the fan does not run on it when it gets hot. I have jumped it to the battery direct & the fan does run. My question is, Is it better to go ahead & replace the thermo switch & sending unit or just wire the fan to a toggle switch? If I run it from a toggle switch what is the best way to wire it.

Thanks for any info. I'm pretty new to working on my own bike so if possible keep it simple!!!!!
 

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Buy a new switch, at least it will come on when it's supposed to. You could wire a switch in as well, for those hot days in traffic, but I wouldn't ride without knowing a working fan switch was there.
 

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Next question. Do you need to drain the fluid to get the switch out? Sorry for so many questions but I don't have a book yet.

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Another qusetion. Would I have to replace the sending unit also or should the switch take care of the problem?

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The sending unit is a seperate switch, further back than the fan one. You really need to pull the rad forward to get at the switch, can't see a way around draining the coolant.
 

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Just a follow up note. I called a couple of Honda dealers & they price the switch from $87.00 to $125.00. I found a new one on line at Sabers Cycles for $45.00 plus S&H. Thats one heck of a profit margin Honda is after.
 
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