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Hey folks,

While restoring my dad's 1980 GL1100i, I found the wiring inside the stock Hondaline fairing is in really bad shape. The Clarion radio didn't work, nor the top gauge cluster, so I decided to troubleshoot. The headlight and turn signals all work. I've searched the forums here, and the Google, and I haven't found a solution for the wiring inside the fairing. Any recommendations? Other than taking a wiring diagram and going into it checking one-by-one, are there harness solutions? Or should I try and find a totaled first-gen Interstate?

Thanks for any tips!

Goody
 

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Mice ?

Hey Goody - There will probably be other recommendations but it looks like at least part of your electrical problems may be from some mice sampling the wiring insulation while building a nest. Although there is usually nothing that can't be repaired - many of the early 70's - 80's fairings (Both Hondaline and Vetter) are now having wiring issues as they age.

Some of the fairing harness connectors will almost disintegrate in your hand when you try to take them apart. Use caution and make sure to disconnect your battery as you sort out the wiring on your bike. I've smoked a few wires on occasion. :)

Good Luck and Ride Safe - Michael
 

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Hi JK,

Oh yeah, absolutely it was caused by mice. I'm looking at what to do next since there isn't any existing wiring worth keeping (so I avoid the wire smoking you mentioned). I prefer not to run all new wiring but I can; it would be pretty time-consuming. If I can find a fairing/cowling that still has the harness inside, that might be my best bet. I keep seeing wiring harnesses for sale but I'm sure those are the main wiring nose-to-tail, not inside the fairing.

I've got the fairing completely off the bike so it's easier to work on, and fully disconnected :smile2:

Thanks!
 

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I like the idea of a "donor" bike. That could save you a ton of headaches.
 

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Wiring Harness Search -

Hey Goody - Don't know if you are familiar with a program called "SearchTempest" to help locate the wiring harness you need for your bike. It is a search engine that quickly digests through ALL the related "Craigslist" items listed in your area.

Just fill in the (4 Drop Down) Search Filter Blocks along the top of the page (Item Wanted/Category/Your Zip Code/Mileage Search Area). Once the program has finished the search - just scroll down to see the state/city/area found.

After locating the part I'm looking for - often times a soft sided post office flat rate envelop provides very reasonable shipping.

https://www.searchtempest.com/search?search_string=goldwing fairing&category=8&subcat=mpa&cityselect=zip&location=46077&maxDist=500&Region=combined

Of course the old standby is Ebay. There are lots early Goldwing used parts around. Perhaps one of the sellers will separate out a wiring harness from a damaged fairing.....

https://www.ebay.com/itm/182828278502

Good Luck Michael
 

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Hey Goody - Don't know if you are familiar with a program called "SearchTempest" to help locate the wiring harness you need for your bike. It is a search engine that quickly digests through ALL the related "Craigslist" items listed in your area.

Just fill in the (4 Drop Down) Search Filter Blocks along the top of the page (Item Wanted/Category/Your Zip Code/Mileage Search Area). Once the program has finished the search - just scroll down to see the state/city/area found.

After locating the part I'm looking for - often times a soft sided post office flat rate envelop provides very reasonable shipping.

https://www.searchtempest.com/search?search_string=goldwing fairing&category=8&subcat=mpa&cityselect=zip&location=46077&maxDist=500&Region=combined

Of course the old standby is Ebay. There are lots early Goldwing used parts around. Perhaps one of the sellers will separate out a wiring harness from a damaged fairing.....

https://www.ebay.com/itm/182828278502

Good Luck Michael

Thanks Michael - great search tips. I did find a fairing with a high shipping cost as expected on the eBay (it's not next door, it's in TX), but might be my best option at this point. Appreciate your input.

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Fairing Harness - Shipping

Hey Goody - Here is an early GW Fairing and all the mounting hardware for only a $100 - It has been for sale about a month. Perhaps you can negotiate with this guy to part out just the wiring harness ?

https://lansing.craigslist.org/mpo/d/goldwing/7042579614.html

If you wind up having to buy a complete fairing perhaps the seller would remove the windshield - box it up and throw it on a Grey Hound Bus. It used to be the least expensive shipping method for anything bulky.

Good Luck - Michael
 

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Hey Goody - Here is an early GW Fairing and all the mounting hardware for only a $100 - It has been for sale about a month. Perhaps you can negotiate with this guy to part out just the wiring harness ?

https://lansing.craigslist.org/mpo/d/goldwing/7042579614.html

Good Luck - Michael
I appreciate it man, yeah, I saw that one too. It's a Windjammer and I need the harness that would be inside the Interstate's Hondaline fairing. The Windjammer wiring might be close but I'd still need to figure out the connectors in which I could just use new copper wiring and make my own loom.

I messaged the eBay seller with the '83 Aspencade fairing complete with lights and radio so we'll see if I get a response there. Thanks again!
 
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