Fixing Your Own Harley

Times are tough. Everybody’s looking to save a buck and one of the best ways I know of to do that is to get your hands dirty and turn a wrench on your bike instead of paying somebody else. Hourly shop rates can add up quickly on even the most mundane of maintenance procedures like having your Harley’s oil changed. For the price of one oil change you can make one of the best bang for the buck investments you’ll ever make not only your bike, but for yourself too. Becoming involved mechanically with your Harley Softail, Dyna, Sportster, or Touring model is as easy as getting one of the absolutely terrific Fix My Hog DVDs and grabbing a wrench. From basic maintenance to performance upgrades, the Fix My Hog series takes the mystique out of successfully working on your bike for the average guy.

Dennis Santopietro, Fix My Hog Inc. company founder, knows exactly the feelings many people have who want to get involved mechanically, but are hesitant to take the first step. “I am not a wrench. Growing up in Connecticut, I was surrounded by people who were mechanics and they did the wrenching for me,” said Dennis. “When I moved west with my 1984 FXRS that takes a little bit of love to keep going, that’s when I saw the cost of it. I had to find an independent or a dealer or I had to do it myself. I thought there had to be something better than a service manual to learn from. That’s where the Fix My Hog videos came from, somebody to be there, over your shoulder to show you how it’s done.”

Not only does Dennis show you how it’s done mechanically, but also inadvertently how to make a high-quality instructional video totally unlike the useless VHS repair videos I’ve spent a small fortune on littering the shelf in front of me. The production values of these DVDs leave absolutely nothing to be desired. “We film in Connecticut so we can hire professional crews that do a lot of work for the television studios in New York City instead of buying a camera and attempting to film it ourselves,” said Dennis. Hosting the video is Dennis’s old friend and master mechanic (often overused term, but not in this case), Bob LaRosa, who painstakingly takes you through each and every step involved from fluid changes to bolting on performance parts to maintaining your chassis. Bob doesn’t assume a thing like service manuals do and answers every question you might have before you ask. Not sure how much Loctite or Never-Seez to put on a bolt or where you need it? Bob shows you. His approach gives you the confidence to realize, ”I can do that” whether it’s adjusting your primary, servicing your forks, or just checking over your Evo, Twin Cam 88, or even the latest Twin Cam 96 Harley. Also, to make a point at how extensive they are, I should mention that these are not some little 40-minute videos either. For instance, My Fix My Hog Touring Bolt-On Performance Edition is a three-DVD set with over six hours of televised information. That’s just one of seven sets Fix My Hog Inc. offers and there’s something for everybody’s capability and interest.

You might still be wondering if this is right for a person like you who’s not the most mechanically experienced. “About 85% of our business is the beginner and that’s really where we focus our efforts. It’s the guy 55-years-old, kids are off to school, sold his Harley when he was 20 and finally got another one,” said Dennis. ”The other 15% is the guy who’s been working on his bike for 20 years and thinks, ‘Hey, I know what I’m doing, I should be okay, but maybe I can pick up a couple of things.’ “ That may be true, but even if you’re experienced on your old Low Rider, working on a new FLH model or a Twin Cam instead of a familiar Evo might be pretty intimidating without a good video reference.

Dennis has also created an extremely useful resource for new model updates on his website in his Hogger Area. “It’s a free membership area where people can log on and we put up videos, clips of new things going on that we have, and there’s a huge technical Q&A section. Bob answers your questions and also our sponsors like Wimmer, Barnett Clutches, Spectro, and Dynojet answer them too,” said Dennis. “The videos are very detailed and the Hogger Area is just an added benefit to use as a resource. It’s updated all the time.”
As an example of how Dennis releases new updated videos, here’s his description of what’s in the latest releases, “The Softail/Dyna Maintenance Edition Part II covers more than 15 procedures, including steering-head bearing adjustment, cam-chain tensioner shoe inspection, Dyna oil, transmission, primary and fork fluid changes, and more; the Touring Edition Part II showcases some of the most recent Harley-Davidson technology updates and covers Brembo caliper brake pad replacement, a review of ABS and electronic throttle control, cam- chain tensioner shoe inspection, stock air cleaner upgrade, custom rotor installation, and more.”
Check out the sample video clips (Note: these are hosted on YouTube and not the high-quality video you get on their DVD) and see for yourself that you can wrench on your bike. The best part is that it’s like Bob is your mechanical-wizard friend who’s there to help you and he never gets annoyed when you ask him the same question over and over until you understand it. Having your new best friend helping you on a DVD means just hitting reverse, then play until you understand.

Be sure to visit Fix My Hog’s website at www.fixmyhog.com for a detailed explanation of all of their videos and if you’re still got some questions or reservations give Dennis a call. “I’m available at 619-269-9321, call and you’ll hear, ‘Hi this is Dennis at Fix My Hog’ and I’ll answer any questions about the videos. People often call and ask, ‘Aw man, can I really do it?’ and my answer to that is if I can do it, anybody can do it. Remember, I am not a wrench.

For more information or to order, visit http://www.fixmyhog.com, or call 619/269-9321.
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63 Responses to “Fixing Your Own Harley”
  1. Fred
    Fred

    I am getting read to change out the oil pump the cams and the bearings also might change the backing plate up grade to screaming eagle and I am planing to do it all my self and I am wanting to watch every video that has to do with doing this also the tpo end I am tired of paying almost 100 an hour to work on my bike it is time to put that money into my own shop tools and manuls also the videos.

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  2. ronald caillais
    ronald caillais

    I have a 2011 softail cvo convertible what video wiil cover this model.

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  3. William
    William

    WANT TO MAKE SURE MY 1991 EVO COIL IS GOOD ITS SINGLE FIRE FROM CRANE, FIXED A SHORT IN MY HANDLE BAR SWITCH NOW iMY COIL ISNT FIRING

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  4. Dan
    Dan

    Ineed help changing the brakes on my wife’s 2008 dyna low rider FX, do you have a video for this?

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  5. don
    don

    I have a 2008 road king with abs brakes when I start my the brakes front and rear are so hard you can’t pull are step on the brakes help

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    • Customer Service Techs
      Customer Service Techs

      Hi, Don. We would be happy to assist you; we just need some more information. How may we assist you?

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  6. Michael
    Michael

    I have a 2003 ultra classic the butterfly shaft has broke at one of the 2 screws is there a video on how to fix this problem.thank you in advance

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    • Customer Service Techs
      Customer Service Techs

      Hi, Michael. Unfortunately, we do not have a video for this. Had a friend with the same problem last month. He was able to weld the shaft.
      Fairly certain that you cannot purchase just the shaft.

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    • Customer Service Techs
      Customer Service Techs

      Hi, Sean. We would be happy to assist you; we just need some more information. What is the make/model/year of your motorcycle?

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    • Customer Service Techs
      Customer Service Techs

      Hi, Bob! In 1984, there was both wet & dry clutch.
      If you have a plate above your spring plate labeled A, B, C; you have a wet clutch.
      Fill with primary until the oil rises, just, to the bottom edge of your spring plate.
      If your clutch has 3, or 5, studs with springs; you have a dry clutch.

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  7. Harvey
    Harvey

    Is anyone having a problem viewing the premium videos on a Windows 10 PC? My Flash player is up to date and works. When I click to play a video, all I get is a “grey screen”. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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    • Customer Service Techs
      Customer Service Techs

      Hi, Harvey. We are sorry to hear you are having trouble viewing the videos. Please contact our Customer Service Team at 1-855-231-0653; they would be happy to assist you.

      Reply
  8. Mike
    Mike

    Good morning,i have 2009 electra glide,makes a humming noise when idling but stops when ever i squeeze in the clutch,let out the clutch and noise comes back..i’m a new bike owner so any help would be appreciated..

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  9. clark
    clark

    hi I joined the sight yesterday I bought a 2000 ultra motorcycle company fat pounder on a Harley platform. s&s113 engine 5 speed baker trans. It has a belt driven dry clutch any videos for this?

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    • Customer Service Techs
      Customer Service Techs

      Hi, Clark. We do not have any videos covering open belt drive assemblies. It is not a Harley Davidson assembly. However, if you have any questions about your specific drive set up; shoot us a question. We will do our best to help or research something for you.

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    • Dennis Santopietro
      Dennis Santopietro

      You can bled like non-ABS brakes. Make sure the fluid level does not drop too low or a code will have to be reset at the dealer.

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  10. David
    David

    I have a 1986 FXR super glide. I have been chasing electrical issues since I have bought the motorcycle. When I start the bike it does not seem to charge the battery only drain the battery. Is there a video to follow the electrical system to see if there’s a ground or something wrong.

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  11. Alan
    Alan

    My front brakes on 2007 Ultra with 96cu, 6 speed makes a annoying scream almost every time when applied. A few mechanics have said everything looks fine and said would be wasting money to replace. Is there a better disc brake replacement out there that will stop this. The others say it just may happen with new brakes. I think there must be a better way

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  12. Alan
    Alan

    I have an 07 Ultra that recently replaced tires, and had rear brakes replaced. I asked about front because they were squeaky most times on application. More than one mechanic told me I had plenty of brake power left and replacing them might not stop squeakys. Is there a better aftermarket product I should get or other suggestions?

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  13. David
    David

    Need help, have a 2003 ultra classic. It all of a sudden started ideling high on start up, 2200-2500 prm’s. Then after about 5 minutes in comes back to normal. Spayed wd-40 around the intakes, no rev.???

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  14. frank eaton
    frank eaton

    have the early 1984 flhtc. oil flow seems restricted..tapping, clacking sound coming from heads. tippit filter clean but installed upside down and oil pressure guage mounted on top of cap piece for tippit filter. how do i check oil flow to find problem?

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi, Frank. If you have a pressure reading @ the oil gauge, and oil is visibly returning the oil tank; your oil flow is probably fine. Check your oil lines for proper routing. Check to see if you have adjustable pushrods. If so, check your adjustment. Otherwise, a bad lifter(s) is also a possibility. http://www.fixmyhog.com/posts/harley-tips/

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  15. Daniel Vasquez
    Daniel Vasquez

    I just recently purchased a 1984 fxr,needs alot of work and love put into,havent started yet just looking for some advice on how and where to start complete over haul,also i have alot of parts that are scattered around in boxes.like i said tons of love needs to be put into.

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    • Dennis Santopietro
      Dennis Santopietro

      Great ride! You will need a factory service manual and our videos will help along the way. Enjoy the project.

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  16. larry
    larry

    I’m needing new brake pads on my front wheel, Would like to see a video of that installation, on a XL1200 C Sportster.

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  17. Reed
    Reed

    I have a 2011 Sportster Low XL1200L. I am feeling excessive vibrations in my feet (footpegs) at the top side of each gear (around 3100 rpm) and over 65 mph. Could this be caused by primary chain tension? If not, what could be the cause? All motor mounts were replaced.

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  18. KALLENQUE
    KALLENQUE

    Just purchased a 2001 road king classic, 18,000 miles. I need basic maintenance information, also have a slight backfire from thunderhead , any suggestions?

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  19. Robert
    Robert

    G’day bikers, I recently lost my 98 FXDWG in the Tweed floods and have bought a 2003 883C (Centenary model). The carbie on the 883 needs a bit of work and I remembered a part I bought for the wideglide (being a sparkling new Carb #27421-99C ) I figured the carbs are similar and have searched Google for fitment on this specific carb without much success. My question to you guys with the knowledge, will this carbie fit my 2003 883C sportster?
    Thanks in advance.

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  20. stephen j
    stephen j

    Ticket 17145 I just changed out my clutch discs and clutches. I am having problems with adjusting them. They keep engaging with the adjuster pulled out with one and a half complete turns. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Dear Stephen,

      Thank you for your patience. In regards to your question-

      Suggest double checking your assembly. Make sure everything is in a correct order and if you have a concave/convex spacer, make sure the concave side faces outward.
      Closely inspect the clutch basket and hub. If there are notches worn in any surfaces, it may keep the clutch plates from separating correctly & evenly.
      https://www.fixmyhog.com/video/how-to-search-fix-my-hog-008641/

      I hope this helps!

      Sincerely,

      Mark
      Fix My Hog Video Membership

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  21. Gary lauterbach
    Gary lauterbach

    took ignition switch off 2007 ultra classic, and got neutral lite out of sequence after turning switch

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Dear Gary,

      Thank you for your patience. In response to your question-

      Your ignition switch is internally misaligned. It can be very aggravating, but usually (not always) you can realign the switch with a narrow screwdriver.
      If you are unsuccessful, however, you will need to replace the switch assembly.
      https://www.fixmyhog.com/video/harley-davidson-ignition-switch-removal-005100/

      We’d love to have you be a part of our community. We are convinced you will enjoy the benefits of becoming a member and having access to the best instructional how to videos and professional tips. We would like to offer you a special promotion for your first-year membership.

      https://go.fixmyhog.com/C15671

      Sincerely,

      Mark
      Fix My Hog Video Membership

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  22. Gary lauterbach
    Gary lauterbach

    took ignition switch off 2007 ultra classic, and lost neutral lite after turning switch

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  23. davalmashy
    davalmashy

    2002 Electra Glide Standard,speedometer and blinkers go crazy after running a short distance keeps running but can’t count on speed and turn signals

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  24. James Chesson
    James Chesson

    bought 2013 harley sportster 883. equipped with after market axle mounted stop light. stop light is al was on no response from front or rear brake switches

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  25. CURTISS
    CURTISS

    I have a aftermarket primary cover on my 1994 883XLH. It it is all one piece. I’m not sure how to properly remove it and change the oil, check the chain, etc. any help would be great.

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  26. Douglas, McWeeney
    Douglas, McWeeney

    I just bought a 1993 fxdl low rider will your videos cover this year and model hog?

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  27. Eric Kellam
    Eric Kellam

    88 Softail my brand new stator plug is leaking when running. It a Cycle Electric Stator. Is there something I can do without taking it apart to fix the leak it was just overhauled last year. Thanks

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Eric,

      Here is what Mark has to say regarding your question:

      “Unfortunately, we can only suggest that you remove the stator plug, clean the plug & case thoroughly, and reassemble with black RTV.
      Let the silicone dry overnight before adding oil & starting.
      https://www.fixmyhog.com/video/fmh-live-august-2017/

      Sincerely,

      Julia
      Fix My Hog Video Membership

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  28. KELLY
    KELLY

    I have a 2004 softail heritage ridding one day it just shut down. we thought it was out of gas so we put some in and it started up. filled the tank up and rode about 13 miles and it shut down again but this time it would not restart. I have checked and have no spark. I replaced the Crank position sensor and still nothing. When i pulled the codes it shows a P0374, P1351 and P1354. if i am correct the first is crank position sensor not detected and the other is low voltage to the coil. what should I be checking? I can not find any broken wires.

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