78 GL1000 Starter Solenoid (magnetic starter switch)?

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78 GL1000 Starter Solenoid (magnetic starter switch)?

Post #1 by sunnbobb » Thu Mar 05, 2009 12:16 am

I am rebuilding the electrical system on a 78 and the solenoid looks mighty corroded. Wondering if any body has found a cheaper alternative than the stock one?
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Post #2 by OhioBill » Thu Mar 05, 2009 1:10 am

Years ago I had the same problem and somewhere I read that you can mount a pickup truck starter solenoid down under the motor by the foot peg. I'll have to dig through some old paper work to find out the exact model but it did work well after I got the right length battery cable to run up to the battery. This solenoid was nice and big, not small like the OEM.
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Post #3 by Cookie » Thu Mar 05, 2009 1:47 am

A Ford one would work but they are pretty big. I got a snowmobile universal type off Ebay for one of mine. You have to rewire those universal types but they seem to work fine.
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Post #4 by Q » Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:04 am

I've seen lawn tractor solenoids used but the quality was questionable.

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Post #5 by robin1731 » Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:02 am

One thing with the Ford solenoid you can get one anywhere.
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Post #6 by ElPiloto » Thu Mar 05, 2009 2:01 pm

The Ford solenoids can be used for a good source of 12 volt power. Just use the terminal that goes to the battery.
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Post #7 by Cookie » Thu Mar 05, 2009 3:28 pm

When I was looking at using one on a 76 naked it looked too hard to hide.
That east coast fellow who restored his bike with his daughter managed to get one in there somewhere though.
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Post #8 by BIG T » Thu Mar 05, 2009 8:28 pm

almost all older Honda solenoids are the same...main in, main out , ground out, trigger feed in. they may look a little different and the connectors may be different but the all work the same...T
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Post #9 by 05c50 » Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:13 pm

How sure are you that it's really bad. I was able to disassemble mine and clean the contacts (the windings were still good). It's held up good for the last 3 years with no problems.

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Post #10 by sunnbobb » Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:48 pm

Paul, I am sure it works, but it looks like a bad case of crusty donuts, I'd rather replace it and continue on with as many new parts as I can afford!
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Re: 78 GL1000 Starter Solenoid (magnetic starter switch)?

Post #11 by leggman » Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:48 pm

I just replaced my starter solenoid on my 79 with a lawn mower solenoid. It was too big to go next to the battery so now it sits in the left shelter half. Works great


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