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First time poster. Can anyone tell me the difference between a 1983 and 1981 GL1100 engine? I am helping a friend swap an 81 engine into his 83 GL1100 Goldwing Standard. I have both motors side by side on the bench and I found a sensor on the lower right side (single wire) of the engine block on the 81 but on the 83, there is a blockout plug in that location.

On the 83, there is 2 wire harness coming out of the right side front of the engine just below the timing cover and above the front engine cover that the oil filter screws into.

What are these sensors and do they perform the same function? Any help would be appreciated.
 

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I just found another post that seems to indicate that the wire harness coming out of the 83 on the right side behind the front cover could be the neutral switch. Does this just drive the idiot light? Will the bike run without it? What parts would I need to transfer from the 83 to the 81 to use the neutral switch?

Still trying to identify the sensor onthe right side of the lower block.
 

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the gearing is slightly different
 
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