How To Use the Fix My Hog Website

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We have over 100 hours of Harley how-to on the site and that breaks down to over 600 videos. That’s more video time than Sons of Anarchy.

We cover HD’s Milwaukee-Eight, Big Twin models from 1984 (first year Evolution Engines) through Twin Cam 88, 96, 103 & 110. We cover the Sportster from 1986 through today.

We categorized by topic in the Videos tab, see Maintenance and then go to your model, Touring, Softail/Dyna, Sportster.

We also have two video indexes; one that matches the Harley-Davidson manual’s table of contents and another list of our videos in alphabetical order.

How To Use Fix My Hog

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  • Since 2004 our goal has been to make wrenching easier for the at home wrench. We want riders to enjoy this lifestyle even more by turning a wrench and getting to know their Harley.
  • Anything we can do to make this experience better, we are all ears.
  • We look forward to your comments here and check back for my feedback.
  • Together we will continue to provide the best Harley how-to videos on the web.
  • Wrench Safe,

    Dennis Santopietro
    Founder

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762 Responses to “How To Use the Fix My Hog Website”
  1. john

    need to change from police controls to reg Harley controls lights horn sratand so on need housings I don’t no the number housing I need can some one give me ideas

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  2. Dave Rubin

    I am restoring an old shovelhead 1979 vintage. I joined your site but it looks like the bikes you deal with are of later years. Is there any information I can get for my older bike?
    Dave

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    • Dennis Santopietro

      Hi Dave, You are correct we only have videos from 1984 through today at this time.

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    • Daniel

      Dave, as a guy who cut my teeth on panheads and Shovelheads most things are at least moderately if not altogether different from 5 speeds on. If I could give you 2 pieces of advise it would be these 2 things. The clutch that HD used on the 4 speeds is just not worth messing with, no matter what you do to it, it is not going to work right. In my opinion the easiest and 1time fix would be to put in a Rivera pro-clutch. That will be the end of you headache with that. Next take that stock electronic ignition out of that bike before it leaves you sitting on the side of the road and put in one of the after market single fire ignition. Crane and Compu-fire are a few. Of those 2 my choice would be a Compu-fire. Just my opinion. Good luck.

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      • Joe

        My bike runs rough and I have checked about everything you can check for the problem. I was told it could be gas pressure I changed the filter but still runs rough don’t know about pressure.

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        • Dennis Santopietro

          Hi Joe – what year and model? You are right it can be several things and process of elimination helps. Do you see any error codes? As you see on this post – there are many things that are being discussed: http://www.fixmyhog.com/post/harley-started-misfire/ – We have a fuel pressure video http://www.fixmyhog.com/video/using-a-harley-fuel-pressure-tester-008741/ . You will need your manual and some tools – a fuel pressure gauge – fuel pressure adapters. Also see the Fuel System section of your manual to get an idea of the process.

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          • John king

            I had the same problem it was a hole in my fuel line in the tank and was sucking more air then fuel made it run real rough! Hope this helps! John

          • Michael

            I am not sure if my issue is related to this or not, my engine is running on the rich side along with poor fuel mileage. I have a 2007 Electra Glide Standard stock 96 with K&N filter, Screaming Eagle slip on exhaust. I am not running a tuner. HD shop techs said i was fine without one with the setup I have.
            I did have my fuel filter replaced when i had the 25k service done
            John King
            did you have any similar issues besides the rough running?

  3. ScottA320

    Need information on removing the rear fender on a 2009 Rocker. I know there are only 4 bolts that hold the fender on but do I need to remove the rear tire to get out?

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  4. Burkley Smith

    I have a 2014 Sportster I would like to change the pipes make it louder I have on the 2014 factory pipes do you have videos and how to put on aftermarket pipes and keep my warranty

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  5. Tony Myers

    I’m getting videos online from yall, but if I have a special concern or bike problem how do I look it up,or do I have to wait for the video to come out?

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    • Dennis Santopietro

      Hi Tony, Thank you for being a member. Have you been able to find what you need now? You can us the Video Index to see all videos listed A-Z and we are adding a new table of contents soon. Let us know what you are looking for.

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  6. Larry

    I need to know how to calibrate flush mount fuel gauge I changed out on my 2015 Harley freewheeler thanks for you help

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  7. Ernie

    Hi Guys, Need your expertise in deciding to replace my standard led battery on my thunder mountain Blackhawk 240, with Ballistic Performance Lithium battery. My local Harley dealer only pushes the traditional Harley led battery; however, since I live in Northern New Jersey and winters tend to be pretty cold, I thought the Lithium battery provides a quicker cold start, once the battery itself warms up. That said, have you guys had any experience with this type of battery and if so, what was your determination on the lithium battery? Thanks again guys, Ernie Endara

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    • Dennis Santopietro

      Hi Ernie, Lithium is all the rage. Lighter weight and higher cranking power with lower discharge(longer life). We have had luck with the few we have used. We have not used the one us mentioned.

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    • Dennis Santopietro

      Hi Tom, Thanks for the comment. Are you asking if we have a video on how to fix random oil leaks? Every video that requires removing a part with a gasket we replace it and give detailed info on why it’s important to do it right to prevent leaks. Oil leaking from where? On what model and year?

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    • Dennis Santopietro

      Hi Mike, Thanks for the email. Were you able to use the info on this post? Did you look at the Videos Tab, Maintenance, Sportster – 2nd video? Did you use the search box? Let me know. Thank you. There is more battery removal on a Sportster in the Upgrades and Performance section and the Beyond Basic Maintenance.
      See Image here: http://www.fixmyhog.com/?attachment_id=110826

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  8. mark

    Why do you NOT, have any videos on the proper way on installing, removal of shocks on trikes. I’m trying to see how to put on a “lift kit”.

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  9. Len

    Switched my brake and clutch levers on my 2012 Heritage with Chrome buckshot style. Now the bike wont start with the trans in gear and pulling the clutch. I’m now forced to go in neutral to start the bike. Whats the best way to bypass the switch and let the bike start like Harleys used to start. I know the switch is a good idea cause we all did the dance with our bikes at one time or another LOL Thanks in advance for the help

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    • Dennis Santopietro

      Hi Len, Thank you for the feedback and question. We have not tried a work around for this yet.

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  10. paul brown

    2007 road king go to start bike both directionals flash no responce then shake bike put in first gar back to neutral put key iin then it starts

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  11. David

    I Want to change my licence plate location, for Side Mount License Plate Tail Light Bracket , I have 2011 Street bob dont know how easy that task will be , any input guys, opinions ,experiences . Appreciate.

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  12. Brewt3

    I have two Harley’s, a 1999 FLHRCI and a 1980 FXEF. My service manual for the FX does not give an info as to how much oil goes into the primary case, wet clutch of course, when servicing. It also does not address the amount of oil is needed when servicing the original 4 speed transmission. Any help would be appreciated.

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    • Customer Service Techs

      Thank you for your comment. While your m/c is level; you can gauge your primary fluid level against the outer spring plate of your clutch assembly.
      Add primary oil until the oil reaches the bottom edge of the outer spring plate. Be careful not to overfill. This clutch assembly is prone to slip if over filled. http://www.fixmyhog.com/video/fluid-replacement-001252/

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      • Brewt3

        Thank you for your response. Could you address the second question as to how much tranny oil goes into a stock 4 speed in my 80 FXEF? Not a clue. Serv. Man. does not address.

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  13. Kenny

    Hi Dennis, Wondering if there is a video for dismantling and repairing a 1984 softail 4 speed transmission. Thanks Kenny

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  14. Jerry Gibbs

    I had bought a 2000 Electra
    glide with 38,000 miles on it , and the reason I haven’t pulled the trigger on being a member is I didn’t know if you covered models this far back?? but after reading this section I am learning that you don’t But I love the page though ….thanks in advance

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  15. Tony

    My Neutral light used to stay on in gear last week and now it will not come on and can’t start the bike in neutral. have to use the clutch. Is the neutral switch out?

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  16. Leroy

    i have a 2011 ultraclassic when the temp outside is hot and the bike gets heated up the speedo and cruse will quit. when it cools down a little it works again any hints

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  17. Roger

    Need to learn how to take my 2003 Road King apart for Painting. Disappointed that I don’t find any thing on this site regarding that. I have a lot of stuff on that rear end of that Road King and taking out the fender for painting looks like a major job. Taking off the tank and front fender would have been nice too.

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    • Dennis Santopietro

      Hi Roger, Thank you for your post. Have you had a chance to search the site per the post and video? We have several videos on tank removal, front tire and front fender removal and rear tire R&R. We are shooting a rear fender video this week. Let me know how you searched the site and I will use your info to make the site better for others to find the same info. We added a new Class – Paint Your Harley – http://www.fixmyhog.com/videos/paint-your-harley/

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  18. Brewt3

    When changing the transmission oil, how much oil goes into a 1980 stock 4 speed? To what level do you fill it?

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  19. William Gardiner

    Watched your video on tools. Is there anyway I
    can get a written list of “all” the tools, etc you
    showed on that video?? I couldn’t write as fast
    as you were showing them. I Love bike tools!

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    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi, William.
      Oil filter strap wrench
      Brake bleeding tools, not only to push but also to pull brake fluid
      Fuel valve maintenance will require extra fuel lines, fuel tank plugs, and a set of plastic shut-off pliers
      Penetrating oil is a common lubricant
      Loctite threadlockers blue and red
      Loctite sealant
      A small magnet to retrieve anything you may drop
      Small picks, not only 90 ̊ but also straight, in order to pull out O-rings and gaskets
      An assortment of screwdrivers, straight and Phillips, in an assortment of sizes and shank lengths
      A file for brake pad maintenance
      Handle torque bits are very helpful
      A soft hammer, a steel hammer, and a hand-impact
      Extended-length ball Allen wrenches
      T-handle Allen wrenches
      An assortment of straight Allen bits
      An assortment of Torx or star-style bits
      Good quality cleaners (Keep them handy. You will need them throughout a regular service)
      A voltmeter showing not only AC but also DC voltage
      An assortment of spark plug sockets for spark plug maintenance 10-mm 12-point socket deep, critical for caliper removal
      Standard 12-point sockets and standard 6-point sockets Step-less clamps for fuel line re-placement
      Step-less clamp crimping tool
      1-3/8″ offset wrench is used in top fork tube tests, although a 33 mm – we find this wrench works very well
      An assortment of torque wrenches:
      Inch-pound
      Foot-pound
      Standard ratchets, not only 3/8″, but 1/4″ configuration Extensions for your 3/8″ and 1/4″ ratchets are also helpful 1-7/16″ rear axle on the newer dressers
      An assortment, ranging from probably 15/16″ down to 5/16″ of standard wrenches, Ameri- can SAE
      A 10-mm wrench (connections to the battery are 10 mm.)
      An assortment of pliers: Cutters, Standard, Needle nose, and retaining ring
      An air-pressure gauge
      And an air-pressure filler combo is always helpful
      A low pressure suspension pump
      An air gun
      Good quality brake-parts cleaner
      Paper towels
      Electrical tape
      To mark things if need be A permanent marker
      A pen and a pencil
      Keep a pad handy. It’s nice to make notes, you can never get lost that way.
      Tie wraps: not only 4″, Harley’s double loops, the 6″ will be re-quired for the service.

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      • William

        A “Big” Thank You to all the customer service tech’s for this requested list of tools. This is what I call excellent service/customer relations/satisfaction!! I started on getting things from this list today. Re-Building my work bench and will have ALL of this within an arms reach when I am doing work on the bike. Ya just made my entire month. Additionally, a good buddy of mine who lives in Canada just signed up and is amazed at all the info that is available to him. Trying to get more friends I ride with to also sign up. “Fantastic!” Keep up the good work.

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  20. Stephen Tristan

    Is it possible fix my hog can offer certificate courses or refresher courses, backed by M.M.I and Harley Davidson University. For the mom and pop shops that work on Harleys for a living.

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  21. Daniele Iannarelli

    Could you make it easier on how to post a technical question? I have things I’d like to ask and would like addressed in videos etc… but I can’t find how to ask a question. Please advise.

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    • Dennis Santopietro

      Hi Daniele, Thank you for the feedback. You really just did it. You can comment on any post or video like you did here and we will review and get back to you. You can review all the posts to see if your question has already been addressed by us our a member of the site. You can visit the Harley Tips page and the index there to see questions we have answered since 2004. You can also visit the Contact Us page link on the bottom of the website to submit questions to customer service.

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  22. Terry Roloff

    Have a 2000 ultra classic , having a electrical problem , riding bike and all power cuts out, everything no power at all, coast bike shut of ignition then click back on power comes back on ,can restart bike . Local shop said was 10 cd disk changer put in bike . Removed it and still have the same problem . No shop can get it to recreate this issue , due to short test drives . Pulling hair out with this problem . Seems to be worse when hot outside . Any direction you guys can steer me to ?

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    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi, Terry. We suggest taking a close look at your battery cables. One may be broken. Get a close look at your positive cable on the starter post end. Also, inspect your wiring harness, especially around fuses/main fuse. Try a different, known good, battery. Maybe the battery is bad. Can be a problem with your ignition switch. Remove your outer fairing. While the bike idles; play around with your ignition / ignition plug. Tug on wires everywhere you can while the bike is idling.

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      • Terry Roloff

        Cables are good, Battery is less than 6 months old , Seems like I blow through a battery every two to three years , set on a trickle charge when parked . Will try moving around wires under faring But it is a mess in there as many wires wont know what is ignition and what is not !

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        • William

          Apologize for stepping in on your post. I just bought a new 2014 Softail Deluxe. While reading the manual on it, pertaining to the battery, one is not suppose to put a trickle charger on the battery. It was explained to me by the dealers service department that using a trickle charger, it would allow the battery to become fully charged. Over a short period of time, the charge would drop and again the trickle charger would bring it up to a full charge. This is suppose to be hard on the battery. I was told to use a battery “charger.” This would bring the battery up to a full charge and keep it there, now allowing it to drop. I don’t claim to be an expert on this but I’m confident that Dennis has an exact/correct answer. Good luck.

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  23. Daniele

    Hi Dennis, This is regarding my 1998 FLSTS Heritage Springer. I’ve recently changed from the stock (OEM) Harley carburettor to a Mikuni HSR42 carburettor and a Kuryakyn Mach 2 Zombie Air-Filter. Thing is that the old carburettor was pretty well covered with the stock cylindrical chrome thing (I don’t know what that’s called), but the new Mikuni carb and Kuryakyn air filter doesn’t cover the carburettor sufficiently. Now, living in the USA as you do, it wouldn’t be a problem with the warm weather, but I’m in Scotland UK and here it can get quite chilly before and after summer. What I find is that – I think – I’m occasionally getting carburettor icing when I’m out for a run in slightly colder weather. Is there anything you can recommend – some kind of manifold or whatever – that would cover/enclose my Mikuni carb and make it less exposed to inclement temperatures? Appreciating any advice (and maybe a relevant video?). Cheers.

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      • Daniele

        Hah! Found my question and your response. Thanks, Dennis. Okay, so it seems I’ve got a great carburettor…? Right, well, here are the symptoms I was getting. It was happening in cold, damp weather last autumn/winter, particularly at higher elevations (which made me think of carb icing). I found that the my engine would sort of ‘…phut-phut… phut-phut…’ and I’d lose some power, as if about to cut out. Then I’d reduce the revs a little and re rev-up again (at least I think I remember these to be my response to those symptoms at the time). Again, it was only in particularly cold temperatures. Ideas?

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          • Daniele

            Well, Dennis, I’m a retro guy… Marlon Brando, ’50s Rock’n’Roll, Elvis, Marilyn, retro Harleys, iconic ’50s British ‘bikes/café racers, old b/w movies and girls with proper hourglass figures in stockings and stiletto heels (Betty Page, maybe?)! So, what I’m trying to say is… I LOVE carburettors! It’s ‘flying-by-the-seat-of-the-pants’ stuff! I see my old carb-driven Harley as the Supermarine Spitfire alongside my pal’s Hyabusa as a modern Tornado jet… I’m a Spitfire man! Yeah, I’ll have a look at the videos, thanks. Regarding it’s needing tuning… would that get rid of my adorable backfiring. I hope not.

  24. Steve

    Hello, while doing my 10k service, I drained my primary oil and it came out very silver on my 2014 FLHTK. Took it to the dealer and they pulled the case and said they found nothing wrong and said it was normal. Talking to several other people they all said the same, you better get it check, they have never seen oil that silver( I have pics). What’s your opinion on this? I would love to ride this bike over a 100k. They did the 1k service with synthetic oil in all 3 areas.

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    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi, Steve. Usually that silver color is aluminum. We suggest removing your outer primary cover and inspecting further. Look for any unusual wear or markings inside.

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  25. Robert

    I have a 2003 Road King Classic EFI. Having issues with the cruise control. It works intermittently so I don’t think the issue is the cruise module. Do you have any videos on changing the cruise control switch.

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  26. Rick

    I tried to adjust the clutch on my wife’s 05 Softail standard, but know it won’t engage . Followed step by step from service manual. Am I just not hitting the rite adjustment or could there be another problem?

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    • Dennis Santopietro

      Hi Rick, Did you watch the videos we have on clutch adjustment in the Softail/Dyna Maintenance section?

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      • Rick

        Watched the videos and did everything but it won’t engage and it worked before so I must not be getting it in the exact spot. Is there something else I can try?

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  27. osok

    Hi, I have bought a 2015 road glide special, great bike by the way. I am accustomed to doing the clutch adjustment on my 2013. However; on my 2015 the only thing the service manual says to do is check the clutch fluid level, dot 4 brake fluid. Is there anyway to clarify this. My interpretation of this is no clutch adjustment ??, maybe I am reading this wrong. Can a video be made to clear this up, thanks.

    Paul

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    • Dennis Santopietro

      Hi Paul, Just like the primary chain adjustment on older models the clutch adjustment has gone away. Check your fluids and make sure they stay topped off. We hope to have a video walk through soon.

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      • osok

        Thanks so much, you guys are great and so helpful. This is like mechanics school your website. Keep it up.

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  28. ontheroad

    Hello would like to paint hinged rear fender yes early tryed in once black black paint chipping around hinge please need good idea before I tear it up to remove hinge pin because that does not seem right.

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    • Dennis Santopietro

      Hi Wanda, Spray and lacquer but that might not be possible so if you paint it in the closed position it will have to stay closed and not operated for the hinge not to chip.

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  29. mark

    Hi there,,, from down under ,,, just like to say, I am enjoying your website .. Cheers ,,,,

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  30. William

    Well my new 2014 Softail Deluxe is on its way over the mountain, to the dealer. The sent a truck with trailer to my house and picked it up. So far I have gone through the OEM battery and one other OEM battery that the dealer came over and gave. I went through everything on the thorough electrical check video. The check showed me that everything was okay. 57 miles on this bike and I don’t have a clue what is causing the batteries to go dead. The chrome starting switch ~ OFF – IGN and ACC was extremely loose when I bought the bike. Thinking that may have something to do with it? I’ll let the dealer work on that.

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  31. Dennis

    I’ve done many oil changes on my FXR’s & Dyna’s for 25yrs. The svc.manual doesn’t call for filling oil filter with oil on these models when doing oil changes so I’ve put new oil filters on without filling with oil. Should I be putting oil in filter B-4 installing them? Thanks for your advice.

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    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi, Dennis. It is always good practice to fill your new oil filter with oil before installing. If there is no oil in your filter, you only have air. Your oil system does not call for air, only oil. It is unfavorable to have air in your system, as it may disrupt proper circulation. If this can be avoided, it should be. Like we said: it’s just good practice.

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  32. Ken

    I have a 1997 harley ultra gluide touring and need to know how to change oil on it do you have video on it?

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  33. Daniele

    Hi Dennis, I’m hoping you can help me with this little problem. As mentioned in a previous posting, I recently (Autumn 2014) changed from the stock Harley carburettor to a Mikuni H42. However, ever since then I have a problem with my choke in that when I pull it out, it independently slides back in again… shutting itself off. Sometimes it will hold if the bike isn’t running (ie on the road), but most often – particularly while driving – it slides back in again. Consequently (repeatedly), I have to keep reaching down to pull it back out. I mentioned this to the independant bike (chopper) mechanic who, today, fitted a new choke cable (gratis) thinking this was perhaps the problem. Unfortunately, the problem is worse now. While before it would pull out a fair bit and sometimes hold there, now it immediately springs/slides back in. The mechanic has been honest with me and tells me he’s flummoxed by this. He does a lot of Harleys and Mikunis and has never had this problem before. Can you perhaps shed some light on this, please? Oh yes, my bike is a 1998 Heritage Springer (FLSTS). Thanks, in advance.

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  34. jose

    how do I convert engine rpm.transpully teeth,&rear pully teeth to mph?? 32 trans/70 rear

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  35. Pinkie

    I have a 1997 Ultra classic W/Leaman conversion. I bought it last year with 16k miles. It is a Shriner edition. I have added only 2k more. to the miliage. My problem is the engine has what sounds like tappet noise. It occurs at diferent speeds and gears. Mostly when the engine “pull” is at a minimum. I had 4 “profesionals look at it. None took the time to ride it and try to duplicate my complaint. They said in effect to “turn the radio volumn up and enjoy the ride”.
    The local Harley dealership did not want to take care of any Harley that was 2002 or earlier. I convinced them to work on mine because of the undisturbed condition. They cut my pushrods out & replaced with adjustibles. Also replaced the tappets. Did not help. Only created oil presure problems & the engine light came alive. They resolved those problems but after more than 1,200 dollars I am back where I started. Thanks in advance for reading this. I am 75 years old & thats why I went for a trike. Pinkie M.

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    • Customer Service Techs

      Thank you for your comment. What did the dealership do to resolve oil pressure problem? That does not sound right. There is no reason that replacing lifters and pushrods should leave you with low oil pressure. Make sure you are using premium fuel. You should always run 93 octane. Would be nice if that was the fix. We would suggest replacing the lifter blocks along with the new lifters and confirm that the pushrods are correctly adjusted. If that does not change anything you will need to begin considering looking further into your engine.

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  36. David

    How do I ask questions about projects I’m working on when I have an issue even after watching the appropriate video several times? I’m sure you must have some tips that don’t show up in the videos.

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  37. Bill

    I need to see a video i how to replace my starter in a 1990FLHTC Harley Davidson and I can’t seem to find it unfix my heart they paid for premium and its not telling me anything so I need to see the video

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  38. brookie43

    i.ve got an 07 sporty{1200 low} with 2200 miles. i just installed a new battery and finished the instal after dark. when i connected the positive cable i noticed a tiny spark as i touched the cable to the terminal. i don’t think i would have even seen the spark without the high contrast of ” spark in the dark”. the ignition was off. do i have a current draw or is there only a slight discharge on connection?

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  39. Ruben

    first time user i’m working on my sons 1994 sportster can you help me I changed the oil tank and npw its making valve noise

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    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi, Ruben. Need to verify that the new oil lines are correctly routed. Be certain that your feed and return lines are not crushed, pinched, or collapsed. Most importantly; you should be able to see oil flow/oil movement inside your oil tank. You should have an oil indicator on your XL. If so, verify that the indicator is not staying illuminated. If oil flow is in question, do not run the motor until circulation is verified.

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  40. David

    I have a 99 Dyna Wideglide it only has 36000 miles on it i only ride it a couple times a year because i ride my Ultra Classic iv never had a problem with it until now it wont stay running unless i hold the choke out if i rev the engine it runs but runs bad like it has a miss and pops and flames out the pipes if i let off it dies. It runs smooth when im holding the choke out. What do you think is causing my problem?

    Dave

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    • Dennis Santopietro

      Hi Ray, They usually happen when a gasket is not in it’s proper place.

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    • Dennis Santopietro

      Hi Daniel, We sure do. Videos, Maintenance, Touring will show you steps for not only oil change but all your service procedures.

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  41. Jake

    Hi John I what to change my stock on my handle bars brought the chrome cutch & brake master cylinder kit I was looking for a video to show me how to do it and couldn’t find one do y’all have one or can you tell me how thanks Jake

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    • Dennis Santopietro

      Hi Jake, Let me know if you had a chance to watch the video at the top of this post. Our goal is to make the site more user friendly. You will see the drop-down under the VIDEOS tab and on the right under CLASSES you will see Handlebars 101. We also have several cable and brake-line install upgrade videos. Search brake line and clutch cable and those can be found in the Videos drop-down Style and Performance Upgrades click on your model.

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  42. Jodi

    Turn on bike and headlights, tail lights and fog lights go off. 1992 FLH Electroglide Ultra Classic Any ideas?

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  43. Frank

    Coolant issues on a 2014 ultra limited….how do I check waterpump ….working or not…..please help coolant not flowing backing up into reservoir…water temp warning light comes on

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    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi, Frank. Harley seems to be having trouble with water pumps on 2014’s. We can not confirm, but read that the pumps have been updated. Ask your local dealer. If your coolant is not circulating, your pump is probably not good.

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  44. tia

    my husband just took the tour pack off his 2000 ultra classic and now the battery keeps dying ,,, do you know what wuld cause this ,,,

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  45. Troy Hedrick

    I have enjoyed several different videos and more than pleased with the professional lessons and reminders. Unfortunately I just realized that you only go back as far as 1984, (if I am correct). Do I need to go to a different site to get the info and videos for the knowledge I am lacking to do everything I need to on my ’74 shovel head? Also, do you know where I can get some custom 3D vinyl transparent decals for this bike as well?

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    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi, Troy. That is correct; our videos go back until 1984. Currently, we do not have any videos on shovelheads. We apologize for any inconvenience. We suggest visiting http://denniskirk.com/ for decals. If you are looking for something custom, try your local print shop.

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  46. David Dowell

    My ’95 Ultra Classic is getting up there and I’ve replaced a lot of parts, but one I’m having trouble with is the backer on the Gear Shift Assembly. It’s located inside the Tranny and there’s a piece of it missing, which gives me a lot of slop in the linkage. Do I need to tear the Tranny completely apart to change? Can’t seem to find anything on this piticular situation.

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  47. Tracy

    i have a 2002 Harley electric glide. My first Harley and Im restoring it because it was my dads. It has a 88inch in it and the cylinders need to be replaced cause the fins are torn up pretty bad because it was in a accident. My question is what all needs to be done to the bike if I put a bore kit in it? like cams and new fuel management system and all that good stuff?

    Reply
    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi, Tracy. Do your homework. Choose a set of cams that will fit your riding style. Check out S&S, or Andrews. Those are our best choices. Read about the cam profiles/characteristics when choosing a cam(s). You will definitely need a tuner to provide enough fuel for this performance upgrade. Check out Vance & Hines FP3, or Power Commander.

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  48. Mike stephen

    Need you help! Just purchased FP3 FuelPak from VH. Is for my 2015 CVO Street Glide. Went to install FuelPak and guess what the connector that it fits to, has 4 pins on the bottom and two pins on top! After contacting VH tech alone sending pictures. He tells me it’s ok to use that connector, that FP3 only uses 5 pins anyways! Then way make a 6 pin connector! Need help! Fast. Just trying to do stage 1 just need to put on head pipes and Air! Help!

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    • Dennis Santopietro

      Hi Mike, We would have to defer to V&H tech on that one. They would know best since they make the product.

      Reply
  49. Johnni

    replaced the battery in my 93 Sportster and I have a wire that gets hot this has been an going issue

    Reply
    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi, Johnni. Would be best to trace this wire as far as you can. If you have a service manual you should be able to figure out what this wire is for and where it terminates. If it is getting hot, there may be a dead short.

      Reply
  50. Thomas

    Can you explain, how to change REAR brake pads on a Road King 2012 with spoke wheels, because It’s impossible to take the rear brake caliper off without removing the rear wheel.

    Reply
    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi, Thomas. Remove the brake pad pin and gently pry between your pads and rotor with a non marring pry tool to retract the caliper pistons. Work one pad at a time. Same with installing the new pads. Retract the Pistons, one side at a time; one pad at a time, starting with the inner most pad. It can be tedious, but you will get it.

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  51. SANDRA

    I have a 2014 XL883L Super Low, I have lowered the rear with shocks. Is still not low enough!! I know there is a spring lowering kit for front forks. Do you have a. Video on installation ?

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    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi, Charlie. 1st drain your tank. When you feel that the tank is sufficiently drained. You can jack the rear of the bike so residual fuel will move forward in the tank; away from the fuel valve. Next, cut, or unscrew the fuel line clamp at the fuel valve. Turn the fuel valve nut counter clockwise until the valve can be removed.

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  52. frankp4

    Any tips you can give me about running wire (installing usb charger) from handlebar back to battery. Wire has a inline fuse holder,so need some room to pass through wire. I’m new at this so I don’t want to lift gas tank, but do want wire to be dressed and hidden. I ride a 2013 Road King Classic. Thanks in advance for your help.

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    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi, Frank!
      It’s really not very difficult to lift the tank.
      You can, simply, loosen the front and lift the back. It will give you just a little more room to run & secure those wires neatly and safely.
      If you’re still apprehensive about going this route, you will need to accomplish the same, but have a harder time doing so.
      Make sure the wire(s) is not in contact with any sharp edges or extreme heat.
      Secure it with ty wraps. Plan a safe path.

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  53. Tony

    At first I didn’t think the site was very friendly, but this was very helpful and anyone watching it will get more out of the web site and learn more without fighting it. I got a great deal with the membership. Lord knows I can use all the help I can get.

    Reply
    • Dennis Santopietro

      Hi Tony, Thank you for the post and I’m glad this video helped. We are here to help via videos like this and customer service. We have a lot of Harley How-To and want everyone to find what they need. Wrench Safe, Dennis

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    • Dennis Santopietro

      Hi Joseph, Thank you for the post. I have to ask if you had a chance to watch the video at the top of this post? We review the site in detail and how to review hundreds of Tech Q&A. If you do not see an answer to your question and a video, we talk about how to contact us. Let me know, as I’m trying to fine tune our process and make it easier for all to find what they need on our ever growing website. Thank you and Wrench Safe, Dennis

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    • Dennis Santopietro

      Hi David, Fix My Hog focuses on the Evo 1984 through today’s Twin Cams.

      Reply
  54. Michael

    Hello I have a 2008 softail I bought a 5×11 trailer fir it and was wondering if u could help me set the trailer up for towing.. where to set the anchors etc ty
    ..Mike

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    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi, Michael. You should consider the ratchet straps that you plan on using. Do not install the anchors where the straps will not reach.
      It is best to locate the front strap mounts to each side and slightly forward so that they are pulling the bike towards your vise. In the rear, determine where you will strap the m/c. The anchors can be straight out to each side. Remember, do not compress your front end too much when you are strapping it down. You can “blow out” your fork seals.

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  55. Tony

    I want to thank you-all for the way you are putting the video’s together. I like the video’s that don’t always work out and Bob has work at it . That is the real way it works out in real life. I don’t know if it is my computer or how you focus the camera but the video’s are fuzzy. I got your first CD and liked it plan on getting all the rest of them. Thanks again.

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    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi, Tony. Thanks for your feedback! We are happy to hear you are enjoying our content. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at 1-855-231-0653.

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  56. Bill

    My 2007 ultra cruse control doesn’t work only if i roll the throttle back all the way and I wiggle the throttle it works sometimes ! and yes I changed the hand grips last year and it did work after that ! i needs some info please !!

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    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi, Bill. Check to see if your front brake light (switch) is working correctly. If the switch was broken, or disturbed when you changed your grips; your cruise will not turn on. Your brake light will also be stuck on.

      Reply
  57. Luis

    I have a1999 softail and I install a street glide front end the headlight wiring is different can anyone help me please

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    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi, Luis. Yellow is Low beam. White is high beam. Black is ground. Why would you do that?!

      Reply
  58. john gayhart

    I have a 79 FXE Shoveled lowered with Ape hangers. I’ve been having an issue with it Wobbling. what are some of the causes of this issue.

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    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi, John. Check your neck adjustment or swingarm bearings/bushings. Also, wheel/tire condition/wheel bearings & end play.

      Reply
  59. Kurt

    I have a 97′ FLHT that loses power and seems like one cylinder loses about 50% when it gets to operating range. Could it been a Coil problem ?

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  60. Kurt

    Thank you, i’ve actually got to put it on a lift and found a blown head gasket in two places. keeping my fingers crossed.

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  61. Brian

    2008 soft ail deluxe stalls at a stop, signals do not work, and speedo pins at zero after riding a short time. I checked all fuses and battery conn. But at initial start up all is fine any ideas thanks Brian.

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  62. Derek Hale

    I am going to change the top engine mounting on a 2004 sportster 1200c and replace it with a new chrome one .Will the engine move forwards ,does it need blocking while I change the bracket ?? Any info would be good

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    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi, Derek. No. You will not have to support the engine in any way. Remember to tighten the new top motor mount evenly and tighten to factory torque specs.

      Reply
  63. Steve

    I have a 2007 Ultra with 23000 Miles. About 1000 miles ago after warming up it will idle high. Then the check engine light started coming on and idling even higher. The dealer was no help any suggestions?

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  64. Bruce

    I like to see something on “what was done wrong”. I’ve put brake pads on my bike several times but only got it right a couple times and usually end up with warped discs. Then I have to replace them and do the job all over again. I’ve done auto brakes for years and never had a problem…so what am I doing wrong?

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    • Customer Service Techs

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

      Reply
  65. Glenn snow

    Got 94 ultra front seal leak on tranny can u use reg oil seal for gaskets seals does Tran oil stay in Tran or do it go to prims clutch

    Old

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    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi, Glenn. Transmission and primary compartments are separate. There has never been anything listed as “front seal, on tranny”; you will have to try being more descriptive.

      Reply
  66. mark

    I have an 09 heritage my clutch is harsh on initial engagement. adjusted clutch, changed primary oil, readjusted and even tore down and inspected but after a couple of days right back to square one harsh engagement.

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  67. Lenny

    Do you have a video showing how to remove a starter on a 1994 Heritage Softail Classic? The videos I have seen on your web site only seem to be on 2004 and later bikes. Not even on softail models

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  68. Frank

    Would like to see a video on relocating rear turn signals for installation of a set of bags on a 2014 Low Rider.

    Reply
    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi, Frank. We would like to let you know that your suggestion has been forwarded to the proper department. Your comments are important to us and help with the development of our online video streaming community.

      Reply
  69. Mike Evans

    I can not get one of my caliper piston’s pushed in far enough to put the new pads in, I’ve tried different putty knifes and screwdrivers can’t find anything to get on the back side of the rear caliber.03 Wide Glide.

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    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi, Mike. Would suggest removing the caliper from the m/c and using flange pliers to get the pistons to retract.

      Reply
  70. Rocky

    I have a 06 ultra classic I just put in a new Harley oil pump, fueling cam plate, and S&S 510 gear drive cam kit after start up oil pressure is at 55 to 60 how do I lower it

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    • Customer Service Techs

      There is no way to regulate your oil pressure. Would only be concerned if you have the same reading when the m/c is at operating temperature.

      Reply
  71. harry kain

    just bought a 2015 Harley sportster 883 iron,already have oil leaks,from the drain tube cant get it to stop,any ideas

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  72. Bernard

    REALLY Impressed by your website (and especially the Free Services provided)! I ride a ’93 FLHTC Police Special, and always seems to be a little ‘something’ to work on. Right now, the fuel gauge is not showing the proper level of gas in the tank. So, I want to take a Premium (paid) Membership, but will not put my Credit Card Info on any website. What’s your Mailing Address (or better still, a toll-free telephone number) where I can Sign-Up?? Thanks for the good Help already supplied! Cheers, Bernie. 24/09/2015

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    • Customer Service Techs

      Thanks for your feedback and interest! Payment is limited to debit, credit, or prepaid cards via our website. Payment via mail is not accepted, at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any further questions, please contact us at 1-855-231-0653.

      Reply
  73. Daniele

    Hi there,

    I’ve just sourced (eBay) and purchased “HARLEY HERITAGE SPRINGER FLSTS REAR PASSENGER FOOTBOARD KIT 1997-99” for my 1998 FLSTS. I’ve been trying to fit them myself but am having difficulty. Then, I thought, why not check out “Fix My Hog”… after-all, I am a member.

    However, I don’t know where to start looking for details of any previous postings / info / videos about fitting these. I do have the original instructions with the parts but my difficulty is – partly – in getting in behind the bolts in order to loosen them from behind.

    The bolts at the back have a sort of finely ribbed outer to them with what feels like an Allen Key hole in the centre. Trouble is that I can’t get the Allen Key in behind in order to try and loosen them. Am I doing the correct approach, or is there some type of spanner (‘wrench’?) that grips the fine ribbing on the outside of the bolt heads?

    This probably sounds like a very basic (naiive?) problem I’m having but I’m pretty much a beginner ‘mechanic’.

    Are there any videos on this?

    Thanks, in advance.

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    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi Daniele. There is no specific video for Heritage Springer passenger floorboards.
      There is no special tool.
      What you are trying to remove may be more difficult because of the age of this m/c.
      Believe you are talking about the 7/16 allen bolt that goes through the frame near your swingarm axis bolt.
      Try sliding the box end of a combination wrench over a short allen bit (cut one, if necessary).
      You may have to double up on your wrench, or slide a small bar over it for more leverage.
      You can slightly bend your plastic splash guard to get access.

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  74. Pauline

    learning my bike.Where is the battery on a 1200 shorter 2013. Only 280 miles dead battery. Do you remove the seat? Do have a battery charger.Have joined FixMyHog ? Could use some help Please.

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  75. candie kane

    I have a 2002 ultra classic when i turn the hi beam on the headlight and the spots lites go out, what do i need to check

    Reply
    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi Candie. Your passing lamps are supposed to turn off when you switch to high beam. Your m/c is wired this way from the factory.
      Most likely, only have a bad headlight bulb. Works only on low beam.

      Reply
  76. Randall Swanner

    Have 2006 Fat boy with 2600 miles. It has set up for 2 years. The carburetor spits and will only run smoothly with choke quarter of way out. How do I fix this.

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    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi Glendene. If you are sealing your crankcase halves; we suggest a good quality grey RTV.
      For exhaust; copper RTV.
      Most anything else; black RTV usually works very well.

      Reply
  77. Dustin

    My 2002 rd king the back light holes. Where they mount up. The fender has rusted an the lights flop around. Is there some kind of after market light set up that can go on an just cover up them rust holes

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      • Sydney

        Checked through out the entire HD dealer network. None! Obsolete part. I thought maybe an after market company might be making it.??

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  78. Albert

    Hi folks, I would like to know if any high quality high temp rated anti-seize compound would be ok on spark plug threads

    Reply
    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi Albert. Loctite(R) Copper Anti-Seize Stick 20gm is high heat and in this kit.
      http://www.fixmyhog.com/product/loctite-5-stick-kit/
      Loctite(R) QuickStix(TM) C5-A(R) Copper Anti-Seize; 20GM. Loctite(R) QuickStix(TM) C5-A(R) Copper Grade Anti-Seize Stick provides a shield against high temperature seizing and galling. All mated parts, studs, bolts, flanges and gaskets, remove more easily and in cleaner and better condition. This product can be used on copper, brass, cast iron, steel, all alloys including stainless steel, all plastics and all non-metallic gasketing materials.

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  79. Richard Luna

    I have a 06 Dyna street bob. Not changing gears. It will be in 5/6 gear and won’t down shift, or will be in first and won’t go into another gear. Won’t engage, shifter is just free play, floating. Fluids are good. Only 33,000 miles on bike. Was told these 6 speeds were faulty when they came out in 06 and that needs to be rebuilt. Thanks for any insight you can give me.

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    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi, Richard. The spring on your shifter shaft is broken. Will have to remove your gearset to repair.

      Reply
  80. Dan peabody

    Trying to troubleshoot a run button issue on my 2005 road king. Fuel pump relay clicks, but never hear the fuel pump engage/pressurize.

    Reply
    • Customer Service Techs

      Need to test for voltage at the fuel pump. If voltage is present. Check to see if the pump is properly grounded. You may have a bad fuel pump.

      Reply
  81. David K. Taylor

    Hi, I have a question about a 2000 FLHTCI with 42,000 miles. It has the rear speakers added. It started making a distortion noise through the speakers with the motor running only. I have changed the plugs and wires as I heard that could help, no luck. It even makes the distortion with the radio fuses pulled. I have heard the alternator could be making a dirty signal. All gauges are reading good and it runs great. It just has the distortion noise when running.

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  82. Michelle

    got a 2014 dyna wide glide that some idiot tries rewiring. I can get it to turn over but won’t stay running. Wire colors don’t match wiring diagram. What could problem be?

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  83. hakdan

    PLEASE start doing videos on the V-rod! If not- this will unfortunately be my last year of membership.
    Regards HD

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    • Customer Service Techs

      We would like to let you know that your feedback has been forwarded to the proper department. Your comments are important to us and help with the development of our online video streaming community.

      Reply
  84. Rod Snow

    2006 Road King, I have a chance to buy a set of apes that are prewired and are without cruise control. My bike has cruise control is their a way I can wire for the cruise option or bypass it? The bars are a steal thats the only reason im considering it.

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  85. anthony l

    i would to nowhow to replace the oil pump drive gear an oil pump, i have and 1998 sportsteer 1200 with 5000 miles on it and hae baby it and last year the pump let go i have taken the pump out and it has to bereplaced but i would like to know how to change te gear an ow the cover comes off thank you for an help iam trying to save a few dollars because iam retired from the firedept and have time and ools to tackele the job if not to hard pump did come ot easy thanks anthony donofrio

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  86. Richard

    I have had several big bore Harleys. I am not happy hearing the piston rattle over the exhaust or is it the valve train that makes the rattle. Does any one sell better components to replace Harleys mistakes?

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  87. Paul

    I took the tour pack off my ’03 Anniversary Ultra and very carefully zip tied the connectors and tucked them neatly in open space around the battery. The seat fits fine, all lights and gauges are operating but now the radio and CD player do not come on. I wasn’t planning to use the radio so didn’t mount an antennae thru the fairing, but I cannot seem to get power to the player at all. Checked all fuses and double checked all connectors. Any idea on what might be causing the power issue?

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  88. Alfio

    Hi guys
    Having a bit of problem with my 1996 fxd it seems to shutdown after ten minutes of riding.
    It runs again if the choke is on and I start her up.
    Have mikuni carb and have sprayed manifold for air leak with WB 40 and no irregular change while motor is running
    Maybe mixture is to lean am not sure have made endless adjustments to mixture.
    Pipes have been changed not sure if it’s coincidence problem started at same time new seals have been put on manifold and pipes to head inlet and outlet.
    Thanks

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    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi, Richard. Try Dennis Kirk or Drag Specialties. We would suggest the Dyna 2000i ignition.

      Reply
  89. Ken

    I am attempting to install a 5/8″ square rod sissy bar on my 2011 Wide Glide. The sissy bar is drilled with two holes on bottom end. Would appreciate any help as there is a real safety issue if this is not done properly

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  90. joseph

    hi having trouble with me volume switch on handle bars on my ultra.looking for video on how to take apart and what to look for

    Reply
    • Customer Service Techs

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

      Reply
  91. AJ

    Hey, I have a ’57pan. thought this site would give me some direction on a fw issues I wanna fix, didn’t realize its for newer models. Any suggestions on some repair sites for my pan? gonna keep this membership, looks like lots of good stuff here, just not enough to get me running again.

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    • Dennis Santopietro

      Hi AJ, Sorry we only cover Late 1984 Evo through todays Twin Cams. We have not seen many video programs on later year Harelys.

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  92. Daniele

    Hi there, and Merry Christmas to you all!

    I’m having a problem starting my 1998 FLSTS at the moment. First-of-all, I recently attached two looms to the battery… one for a heated vest and one for a heated pair of gloves. I did it myself and since then I’ve taken the ‘bike out two or three times (despite being winter) and each time it’s started fairly well. Also, I keep my ‘bike optimising/charging on an optimiser all the time.

    However, a few days ago I went out to start her up and had problems.

    When I tried to start her, it was turning over but just would not catch. This isn’t unusual – not even in summer – and it usually at some point ‘catches’ and away I go. I had the choke engaged fully and when it was taking longer than usual, I started giving the throttle a bit of a turn as well. At a couple of points, on the engine turning, it backfired two or three occasions… but these ‘backfires’ were considerably louder than usual backfiring I get while riding. Never had any as loud as this before. It was like a cannon firing.

    (I must admit that while trying to start her, I also was guilty of holding on the starter switch for longer than I should have).
    Eventually, I gave up for the day and put it back onto optimise.

    Including all the symptoms, I sent an email to my tutor at the evening class I go to on “Basic Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair” and he replied with the following:
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    “Hi mate sounds to me like its flooded take spark plugs out and dry them off usually you can do this by holding the tip over a hot gas flame c if plugs look wet on the end once you get them out failing that it could be ignition timing but can’t c why when bike hasn’t been moved, the smoke coming from under seat is battery leads getting hot also check to c if connections are tight. Good luck mate cheers”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    A few days later I decided to try again before following his advice. This time, with just one press of the starter switch, the battery sounded like it was labouring and about to fail with hardly any turning over at all. I tried the switch once more and it seemed like the battery had no power whatsoever, despite it having been left on charge/optimise for a few days in between.

    I gave up.

    * Timing?

    * Gasket?

    * Battery overload (too many appliances)?
    * Flooding?

    My next step would be to get my local HD shop to come and collect her and sort out the problem. God knows what that’s gonna cost me! I don’t use her – usually – during winter anyway… should I just leave her as is until the Spring?

    Any ideas on the problem/s… any advice?

    Regards

    D

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  93. Charlie

    My 1990 FLHS wont start when wet…..turns over good…..after it drys it starts what do I need to check or seal so it doesnt get wet…..

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  94. Gary

    Hi john got a problem the my road king classic 2011..it runs ok on start up and as soon as it warms up (2min or
    so) it will run rich idle with poor throttle response for take off, to a point that if i am not on the ball it will cough and stall. black smoke will come at this stage but not when running down the road, i have a
    fi2000 fitted (to which i have contacted them too, also help with this problem as i thought it mite be faulty.) i have cleaned the injectors, air filter, inside the throttle body, run a can of cleaner in the fuel.
    i have sooty exhausts and senors. this problem gets worse as the bike and day warms up. what tells the bike brains that the bike is warm?
    seems like the choke is stuck on but i don’t have a choke??? here from you soon Gary

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      • Gary

        Checked error codes
        P…..p0134 and p0154 with PN32999-11
        oxygen sensors inactive??? is that because of the FI2000? i have cleared the fault. I will go for a ride and see if the fault comes back.
        S…..none with PN68924-07
        SP….none with PN70900069A
        6…..none with PN32836-09A
        I have also replaced the engine temperature sensor as that what I was told by a mate trying to help but has not changed much.
        thanks for your help so far and the videos are great

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        • Customer Service Techs

          Hi, Gary. Codes P0134 & P0154-O2 sensors, not responding. If these codes continue to come up, we would suggest calling Cobra’s tech support. Let us know if any other codes come up.

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  95. john

    I have a 96 dyna wide glide. My front brakes have been sticking. Here’s the deal, the front brakes stick and won’t release, unless I pull the lever in tight, but as soon as I touch the brake lever they tighten back up.

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  96. ADRIAN

    got an 04 heritage and i was trying to replace the entire rear tail light assembly but i couldn’t get the back plate off. all i saw was one bolt holding it on. i took it out and it was still attached somehow. any ideas?

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  97. arthur sutton

    my 2000 Sportster makes a rattling sound at low speeds. it appears to be coming from the crank case. how do I fix this.

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    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi Arthur. There are so many things that it can be.
      We can not speculate.
      When you XL is parked try tapping on different areas. If anything seems loose or missing aligned, try correcting it.
      Loose heat shields are a typical culprit of rattles & noise.

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  98. fester

    Removal of wrap around light bar off a tour pack 2013 ultra .want to replace with a wrap around LED light bar , I can’t find a video on removal can you help me …

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    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi Fester. I’m sorry we do not have any videos on tour Pak lighting.

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  99. Charles

    Hi i have a 20155 road glide is there any videos on that bike also i have a 2003 sportster was a 883 bored to a 1200 cams and highflow air breather and drag pipes when you are rideing with out getting in the throttle just cruseing it back fires like a hiccup cant figure it out also jetted

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    • Dennis Santopietro

      Hi Charles, Where you able to search the site per the video on this post? Yes, we cover your Road Glide and we have Carb and EFI videos for performance tuning. Make sure to check them all out in the Videos tab and the proper category.

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  100. Bill

    Just joined and am looking for complete start to finish video to help me change out my stock cam and replace it the tensioner shoes inner bearings and push rods to adjustable for ease of install on a 2007 ultra but can’t find anything but shoe replacement on the old style 99-2006 and nothing for cam change ou and bearings ect. what am I to look under?

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    • Customer Service Techs

      Our videos and articles cover years 1984 to present. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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  101. john

    I have 2013 roadking .how to install heated grips and change to taller handle bars for this bike.Thank you.

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  102. Jesse litteck

    My brake and running light both stay on at the same time on my 2003 electraglide

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  103. Jordan

    I just installed new apes on my 03 Roadking with a new extended wiring harness and everything works except my brake lights are stuck on. I pulled the wiring back out of the bars and everything looks to be hooked up right. What do I do?

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  104. dcristofaro

    Hi Dennis, I’m in need of advice regarding performance upgrades for my Harley. My bike is a 2003 H-D Electra Classic (Mikuni 42mm carburetor) with 26,000 miles, set-up as follows; Big Bore Kit (95), Stage One air Cleaner, Hooker True Duals, Chain Tensioner Upgrade (hydraulic tensioners with new style oil pump), SE 204 Cams, SE Adjustable Push Rods. My bike has a loud ticking noise that originates from the head/rocker box area. I’ve thinking of porting the heads and installing a woods T6 chain drive cam, so that I can increase torque and mileage. I ride two up most of the time loaded with luggage over hills and mountains in the south-west. I keep the tach in the 2000-4000 range, unless I need to pass vehicles, or on a steep incline. My question is, are the upgrades that I’m considering going to give the bike a noticeable increase in performance, and eliminate the ticking noise from the head/rocker box area? Thanks in advance for helping me sort through the upgrades.

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  105. Greg

    You have a great charging system video on the sight, thanks but I am now down to removing the rotor and unfortunately my old rotor does NOT have the two holes in front to pull it off with the picks. There is no room on the front side to slip a finger or tool in. What do you suggest. I am replacing the entire system and have my new parts.Thanks

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  106. Freddy

    Hi I got 2013 wide glide . I changed the fuel filter but it won’t run . I tried looking in YouTube but not my model shows up . Can you help me and show me how to remove the fuel pump filter. out of the tank thanks Freddy

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  107. Max

    I have a 2011 Fat Bob. I have changed the engine oil, and it is running rough at idle and rougher at the lower end of gears. What could cause this and what would be the fix?

    Reply
  108. Phil

    I’m looking to renew my Premium membership. I own a 2015 V-ROD. You didn’t have anything on the V-ROD last year. Will you be publishing any videos this year?

    Reply
  109. Tim

    My 07 Streetglide has a short in it somewhere. Something is constantly daring the battery down. Replaced the battery last spring and something continues to drain it. Any idea where to start to look for the problem? Thank You

    Reply
  110. Glen

    Great site, thanks. I need help with a electrical problem with a 2011 road King. My lights only work on high beams. I’ve looked for loose wires under the head light, no luck. Taking off the head light the wires that run up to the controls go one way around the tank. The wire for the head light go around the tank the other way. Can you help?

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  111. Chris Brester

    2014 sportster48 noisy tappets have had mechanic checked it 4 times said theirs nothing they can do it was so annoying my son bought exhaust pipes now I have to listen to loud exshaust system which over bearings the loud tappets any suggestion thank you for any advice you can give

    Reply
    • Customer Service Techs

      If the tappets are bad, they need to be replaced.
      If the m/c sounded this way from day one, it should have been repaired or replaced under warranty.

      Reply
  112. al

    Have a1998 roadking flhr.carburetor was leaking put kit on it stopped leaking now backfiring thru carb.?? Any ideas?

    Reply
  113. Steven

    Can you disconnect the safety neutral switch on the Harley FLRT trike as you cannot start unless in neutral or use reverse

    Reply
  114. David

    I had my 97 Heritage Softail (EVO) rebuilt last year, and even though I did most of it myself, a friend of mine directed me through the process. But, Im stymied by this one problem I’m having right now. We installed a Mikuni HSR42 on with the breather kit (also did a cam, high compression pistons, true duals). Last week I pulled the bike into the garage and gas was leaking out of the breather overflow tube at the bottom of the bike. The guy who helped me with the rebuild is in prison. Is there anyone on here that can give me a clue as to what is going on? I signed up hoping someone could help.

    Reply
  115. Connie

    Oil leaking out of drag pipe, pulled plug and it is all oil soaked. What causes this on a 1973 Shovelhead, completely rebuild motor except heads.

    Reply
  116. Stephen

    Seen the lacing the wheel video can’t find how to true up and tighten is there a video for this. Thanks

    Reply
  117. Jim

    I have a 2012 Street Glide Recently start having issues when the bike heats up I loose power and the bike surges. Runs fine when the bike is cold. Any ideas?

    Reply
  118. Paul

    Hi, I just a 2000 fxsts, and it’s running rich, front cylinder plug was wet, not sure but think fuel, rear plug was black, carbon, and I did the old dollar to the exhaust valve check, front cylinder sucked the paper inward, rear was good, I ran a compression test and the front was 105 and the rear was 118, Im new to the bike lifestyle, bought my first bike 3 yrs ago a 1200 03 anniversary sportster, thought I’d move up to softail and obviously got shafted, can someone steer me in the right direction of what I need to do, I can’t afford to pay several thousand dollars to a repair shop, so I want to fix it myself, then take it and have it tuned on a dyno, I understand that is the only way to properly tune it….advice and help please.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Paul. Your compression is not horrendous and not more than 10% apart from one another. You have not indicated the need for anything outside of a thorough tune up/service.
      After you service the m/c (with new plugs), ride it and see how it goes.
      Then, read the condition of the new spark plugs. Make further determinations from there.
      Need to know if your bike is carburated or injected.
      Can’t just assume that a bike is running rich because the 1st time you pull the plugs, they are black.
      Someone could’ve previously rode around with the choke on all day.
      You do not necessarily need to use a Dynomometer to tune a Harley Davidson. Unless you are spending gobs of money on a motor and chasing horsepower numbers or diagnosing a problem, you might just be throwing money away.
      http://www.fixmyhog.com/video/harley-motorcycle-compression-test-009456/
      http://www.fixmyhog.com/videos/softail-dyna-maintenance/

      Reply
      • Paul

        It’s been through two sets of plugs, black smoke coming out exhaust, front plug wet, rear plug black, less than 500 miles on them, the bike only has 11,200 miles on it, carburetor is s&s, and a valve seems to be sticking, the guy I just bought it from had performance cams, pushrods ect. installed on the bike, and being on my 3rd set of plugs on less than 500 miles, I contacted him and got a bunch of bs runaround but he also told me he used to run it with the enricher wide open, so I did another compression test and let it set for 5 mins and it leaked down 10psi, so obviously it’s in need of some sort of rebuild. I bought a repair manual and according to it, it could be valve guides, bad rings or excessive clearance… and only 11,2xx miles on bike

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        • Customer Service

          Hi Paul. Yes. You will know more after you tear down. Glad you picked up a service manual. Unfortunate that there are these issues.

          Reply
  119. troy

    I just picked up a 98 road king they put a new evo in it in 2010 it has a ultima 6 speed my problem is there is a lot of oil coming out the front head vent tub i took the rocker box off the rubber that deflects oil was in the wrong side I replaced with new one in the rite place put back together still leaking oil bad i took off cam cover the breather gear was broke put in new gear still leaking bad can any one help Thank’s Troy

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Troy. You better inspect your oil pump.
      There is a good chance that you will find your new breather gear to be broken again.
      The most common reason for a broken breather gear is a bad/broken oil pump.

      Reply
  120. Jeff

    I have a 96 1200 sportster, im getting a knock on the lower front end, im thinking it may be something in the transmission, any suggestions could help

    Reply
    • Customer Service

      Hi Troy. We do not have anything on that topic.
      Not sure what motor, or what year motor you are referring to.
      If you give us more info and explain your issue, we will try to help.

      Reply
  121. Mike

    we have a 2014 cvo and it runs real hot we have been dong upgrades we took out cats. added love jugs fans added oil cooler and temp around 200 gas tank lift helps some we want to know about taking coolant thermastat out?

    Reply
  122. jacktenney

    I have a 1990 883 sportster its now a hard tail need to know what would happen if I did oil lines wrong would it still get oil or blow up

    Reply
  123. Richard

    Have oil coming out my carb on 03 fat boy just put new oil pump in any ideals

    Reply
  124. Daniele

    Hi guys,

    [Firstly, in case it should be relevant for your response, I’m based in Edinburgh, Scotland UK]

    Re my 1998 FLSTS (Heritage Springer)…

    There’s a problem with my tachometer I think that’s what it is. It’s the grey LED panel (with black – mileage distance – numerals) on and part of the dial just below the speedo section.

    When I switch on, the grey panel is blank – no numerals. After a few mins (varies between a couple of mins and 5-10mins) warming up, the numerals start to show and seem to be fine except for the occasional missing ‘piece’ of a number for example.

    i. What’s wrong here?
    ii. Is it fixable?
    iii. If not (ii), then is there a compatible speedo/tach I can get for my ‘bike?

    On a couple of the UK HD stores’ websites I spotted the following HD part number:

    “74461-03A [KIT, SPEEDO TACH, MPH CALIBRAT MPH.
    Fits ’96-’99 Softail® models. ’95-’98 Softail® models require Speedo/Tach Retrofit Kit P/N 74468-03]”

    However, on the same advert, it mentions “Sorry, no longer available”. This means that if it’s unavailable at any HD location… I’m stuffed, if I need a new speedo/tach!

    Another (compatible) option I did spot was a Dakota Digital one, which is very nice but pretty modern looking with the coloured digital LED display. With my FLSTS being particularly retro looking, I would prefer an ‘old-style’ vintage-look speedo that’s compatible. If nothing else is available and compatible with my ‘bike anymore, and if my tach IS knackered… then I may have to opt for this modern-looking Dakota Digital one.

    Appreciating any help/guidance you can offer.

    Thanks, in advance.

    Daniele

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    • Customer Service Techs

      Sounds like the problem is in the speedo head itself. This is a sealed unit. There is no servicing or repair.
      However, we would 1st suggest checking / cleaning the connections on the back of the speedo. It’s worth a shot.
      If the OEM replacement is obsolete, we would suggest trying Ebay. You may end up with an incorrect miliage reading but we agree, the Dakota Digital, although a great company & product, –would look a little out of place on your model.
      http://www.fixmyhog.com/video/custom-gauges-wiring-001413/ (ZD: 3316)

      Reply
  125. Terry R.

    I have an ’08 Harley Crossbones, I am having trouble with it being hard to start after it gets hot, cold it fires right up. It pops or backfires when I let off the throttle to shift down, I have changed the intake manifold gaskets, which fixed the intake leak. It also has Vance & Hines exhaust, installed on the bike before I bought it. Thank you Terry

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  126. Gerard

    Hi I have a 2007 cvo road King but I don’t see a video for it,I need to replace compensator and clutch housing with the new upgrade, do you have a video for the cvo ? Thanks

    Reply
  127. joe noriega

    I came across ur sight like the way u present all just one question do you cover my 78 hd lowrider looking for specs since I lost my book years ago

    Reply
    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi, Joe! Unfortunately, we do not have any information on bikes from the 70’s.

      Reply
  128. Ernie

    Hey Gang, 1994 HD fxr. was going to check R turn signal switch. opened up housing and noticed someone had been in there before due to spliced wires for switch. decided not to mess with it. put back together, now brake light and fuel gauge doesnt work. any ideas?

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  129. BOB

    Hello to all, My name is BOB VOIGHT I just joined Fix My Hog and need some advice. I bought a used 2005 softail deluxe 88 -1450cc FLSTNI. Concerned about the twin cam tension shoes when to change out. HELP bvhar48@yahoo.com

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  130. Jeremiah

    I have a 2005 883 Harley. Check oil light came on. I changed the oil, but the light is staying on.

    Reply
  131. john

    Hello you guys saved my ass Afew times
    I love this cite so today I was out cruzing the country side and while I was riding my flashers blinked I thought nothing of it but it did it three more times threw out my ride is my bike trying to tell me something or maybe the key fob went off in my pocket alil help please thanks again keep up the good work!!!

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  132. David Pelletier

    Shifting Linkage arm does not have proper motion. Bike stuck in 2nd or 3rd. Looks like a guide pin or simular is protruding into the shifting Linkage. .any ideas on why and possible fix

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    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi, David! Can you please let us know the make and model of your bike?

      Reply
  133. Robert

    HI, I have Harley heated grips that I would like to install on my 2014 tri glide. Thanks.

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  134. Terry

    I took a 2002 fatboy and completely changed it into an award winning machine. Tail drager fenders, fishtail pipes, stretched tanks, and powder coated nearly every other chrome part black. Thick spoke powder coated rims with a 21″ front. LED signals built into the struts and LED tail. Won first place twice along with two peoples choice awards in Vancouver and Vancouver Island. My problem is that there was a factory Harley tach on the bike when we stripped it down for the build. We were limited on time to get it done for the first show late last summer and I didn’t record the wiring from the tach. There are three wires from the tach, red, black, and yellow. I am thinking the red is to ignition, black to ground, and yellow to the negative side of the coil. Can anyone help me with this? This is the first time i have been on this site and I have to say it looks like there is a lot of knowledge here.

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  135. Earl Lutz

    Blew a fuse installing the battery any idea where this fuse is located?

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  136. Flo

    How about a troubleshooting section??? I layed my bike down on left side very softly and now can’t shift at all.

    Reply
  137. Luis Gomez

    My softail 96 has close to 100.000 miles on it and about 2000- 2300 rpm starts missing, going a little faster 3000 rpm works well without missing but it won´t go faster than 70 mph. Your help in diagnosing this problem will be appreciated. Luis, Puerto Ordaz, Venezuea

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  138. STEVEN

    how do i connect the wires on my aftermarket taillight to make my brakelight work. the bulb is fine.

    Reply
    • Customer Service

      Hi, Steven. We would be happy to assist you; we just need some more information. What is the year and model of your motorcycle? Also, what is the aftermarket light and what color/how many wires?

      Reply
  139. Fabian

    Getting a strange rattle from my 2003 Road king when taking off in first gear. Dealer thought it was the front engin mount and replaced it. Still getting rattle.

    Reply
    • Customer Service Techs

      Intermittent noises like that can be difficult to pinpoint.
      Verify that your primary chain is correctly adjusted.
      Have a friend help to look/listen.
      Try holding the front brake while, gently, engaging 1st gear. See if you can bring out the sound without rolling.
      Otherwise, the only thing that you can do is go around your bike and put a wrench on anything you can.
      While doing so, you will also be visually inspecting everything you can.
      http://www.fixmyhog.com/posts/harley-tips/

      Reply
  140. Gerald

    Just purchased a ultra classic I intent to switch my Velorex sidecar from my GL1500 to this bike. Do you reccomend any particular subframe mount. WE can fabricate from 4 established hardpoints thnx Gerald

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  141. jeffery

    i installed a jagg oil cooler on my electra glide now my oil pressure is high. before it sat around 10 to 15 at idle. now its around 32 with very little change. is it normal for higher pressure after a cooler is installed.

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  142. Bojan

    Hello,I am having problem with my Road King front end.I bought it under salvage title.While putting ultra cool oil cooler I realized that its chrome cover hitting my bumper when riding.It is cca 2cm too close.I guess it is few mm problem up in the triple trees or the frame.What is in you opinion the best way to find what is actually bent?
    Thanks

    Reply
      • Bojan

        Hello.another question.My RKC 08,stage 1 K&N,Rinehart slip ons is burning too much gas.I get only 32 mpg (7.5 l/100 km).I m pretty easy on the throttle.What could be the problem?
        Thanks.

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        • Customer Service

          Hi Bojan. You will have to go back to stock to achieve better fuel mileage.
          Anything you do to increase airflow and mixture (air cleaner/mufflers or exhaust/tuner) will adversely effect miliage.
          Typically, anything that increases/enhances performance will hurt your mileage.
          http://www.fixmyhog.com/posts/harley-tips/

          Reply
  143. Ike

    My 09 heritage is making a tining sound like it coming from under the vales cover only when I throttle up hard

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  144. blankenbiller

    Ii I am doing a twin cam chain guide replacement. I figured that since I’m there to change the cams. I want to go with a bit bigger cams and wondering whitch one would be best. I am looking for a mild cam. I want low end power,. If someone gets in my way, I want to get out of there fast., something in the 2000-4000 rpm range. Someone said the screaming eagle 204 was a good one. I value your opinion on one that will work best for me. I have a 2003 softail springer(fxsts) It has a 42mm mukuni, k&n air cleaner, vance and hinds big shots, any ideas? thanks for your help

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  145. Jimmy

    my 94 dyna wide glide is getting alot of gas in the oil tank? what could be causing this?i re built carb.. bike is running good though!

    Reply
  146. Jose

    my HD sportster 1200xl custom pipe is cherry red in 5mins idle any solution?

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  147. John Alexander

    After changing bars in my 2011 Road King to Heritage bars which do not require longer cables I’m getting check engine light and the codes are no compression in the front and rear cylinder, no O2 sensor hooked up in the front and rear cylinder and the cruise control does not work. Also the brake light stays on constantly and code is brake cylinder low??

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  148. charlie

    proper installation of front seal on the engine of a 1997 ultra classic??

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  149. jonney

    2007 Electra glide bike starts goe’s to full rich hits on one cylinder then backfires through the throttle body stalls out . the ECM is not putting out any codes also starts right back up .both plugs fouled out.battery voltage is 14.7 engine heats up quickly confused about this. ran fine when I shut it down then went back out the next morning to start it up then this problem started . help me out

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  150. daisy

    Overfilled gas tank, now fuel pump doesnt turn on, and alarm system going crazy

    Reply
    • Customer Service

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

      Reply
    • Customer Service

      Hi, Bret. We would be happy to assist you; we just need some more information. What kind of electrical problem are you experiencing?

      Reply
  151. Ken

    Good 94 Sportster got the starter wired ignition wiring don’t know if I’m getting power to the coil or not I know I’m not getting spark bike starter turns over motor doesn’t turn and I don’t know where to go from here

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  152. Chris cothran

    How do you bypass the cutoff switch on the handle bars on a 90 sportier?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Tyler. Our videos/articles cover years 1984 to present. We apologize for any inconvenience.

      Reply
  153. Melvin

    I have a 08 Rocker. I changed the handle bars and now my left turn signal does not work in the front but works in the back. Also my brake light stays on now. I tried pulling the wires again, no luck and reconnected all the connections, same no luck. I made sure the lever was making contact with the switch in the handlebar but nothing changed. Any advice?

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  154. Michael

    Hi, due to living in the UK
    I cant order and buy the maintenance videos, is there some arrangement to pay the postage?
    Regards
    Mick

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    • Customer Service

      We are glad you are interested in the content available in our shop. We currently only ship products in the U.S. and Canada to avoid high international shipping charges to our customers and to allow faster delivery of our content. Even if you’re willing to pay the higher cost of international shipping, our e-commerce and fulfillment systems are not set up to accommodate such orders. We are exploring ways to make this an available option. We have online video streaming available for our international customers and streaming of our video content is available anywhere in the world with an internet connection.

      Reply
  155. Lynn

    2004 Dyna won’t start. Turn key on, turn switch to run and hear fuel pump, press start and all power drains an a loud click in the Security system module. Is the module bad? Battery is good, cables are good, all fuses checked, relay checked…what’s next?

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  156. Dean

    I have a 2012 Streetglide CVO 4000 miles. About a month ago my gas gauge stopped working. So far I have changed out the Gas Gauge itself the sending assembly in the tank and it still reds empty. All the lights on the gauge will light up when your first turn the key on but then go out and read empty. So this will not allow computer to calculated miles left or anything. Any other suggestions for me to check?

    Thanks,
    Dean

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      • Dean

        Ok I can not see any other way for it to be grounded. The sensor assembly is plastic and has a 2 wire plug that plugs into the tank cover bulk head. So I am not sure how to insure it is grounded it is all in lace and new items plugged in. Any other suggestions or trouble shooting help?

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        • Customer Service

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

          Reply
        • Customer Service

          Hi Dean. Hard to speculate without actually having the m/c in our shop.
          Suggest backtracking.
          If you are not blowing a fuse, you do not have a dead short.
          If your gauge is neither lighting, nor indicating, your voltage delivery is being “broken, or interrupted”; or you have a ground issue. There is typically an external ground somewhere on the furl pump assembly.

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          • Dean

            Gauge lights up but only lights one light and then shows low fuel level can’t find bad fuse or wiring is there anything in service manual to check readings

          • Customer Service

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

    • Customer Service

      Hi, Jim. We would be happy to assist you; we just need some more information. What is the make/model/year of your motorcycle? Also, could you give a more detailed explanation of the electrical problem?

      Reply
  157. Roc

    I have a 2005 flstn(i) with 20k on it. Already had the 20k svc done and no real problems. Bike seems to run good and overall I am happy with it. However when riding it seems like the top end kinda sounds like a sewing machine (maybe tappets, I don’t know if possible)I ain’t half bad turning wrenches but this is my first harley and I don’t know a lot about motorcycle engines and transmissions

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  158. John Wooten

    M 1986 Harley Davidson Super Glide FXR has a primary fluid leak. I have changed the fluid and primary cover seal and it still leaks. It drips small while stationary. Riding down the road it acts a if it is coming from the chain area inside the primary but I cant pin point it. The oil slings all over the back of my bike hen riding and then rips way faster once I park it after riding. Please help.

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  159. Jannet Delrosario

    my friend required Mp2 enrollment system form several days ago and was informed about a document management site that hosts lots of fillable forms . If people are interested in Mp2 enrollment system form as well , here’s a link “http://goo.gl/tT74UM“.

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    • Customer Service

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

      Reply
  160. Guy

    Hi. The rear running lights on my 06 street bob are not on however the front is. But the rear will emergency flash and turn signals work, as does brake light. I found no problem with fuse, connections, bulbs. Any thoughts?

    Reply
  161. Marcello

    Hi! I dont´t know how to acess the youtube channel whith my login. How can i do that?

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  162. Alfred Godfrey

    I’m looking for shop time to take off and put back on bike front fender back fendergas tank guts in gas tank as well as luggag solid compartments total time.

    Reply
  163. Vincent J Wrigley

    I have a 2008 H-D twin cam, chain driven with a Joe Hunt magneto. Having problems getting it to start after it is warm and I shut it off. Cold starts just fine. Any help would be appreciated. (ps- I built this bike, and have had magnetos on all my bikes.)

    Reply
    • Customer Service

      Hi Vincent. If you developed this issue after installing the magnito, we would suggest contacting the manufacturer directly.
      The issue may also be in your tuning.

      Reply
  164. George

    Frustrating! How to use fmh web sight video won’t even play. Not sure what ive paid for. Saturday night so I’m dead in the water till Monday.

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    • Customer Service

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

      Reply
  165. Michael

    I asked a question in regards to my 2006 road king custom, check engine light came on and the code P1356 and got no response, whats up with that?? The bike doesn’t stall and doesn’t seem to lose power. The one thing I noticed the light comes on with high RPM and in any gear, Help what should I do

    Reply
      • Michael

        Dennis,

        I did reset the code and after I looked back (powered up bike) it wasn’t there. I took bike for ride and light comes on and then goes off, code is back. I also hear slight popping when dropping gears.

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        • Dennis Santopietro

          I’m not sure if you have been emailing the question as well but I saw this today and Mark’s response:
          That code could be caused by a number of things like plugs, plug gap, plug wires, loose plug tip where the wire joins on, or bad wiring on the injectors @ the plug. Common for this code to come up with some aftermarket plug wires.

          Reply
          • Michael

            Thanks Much!!! I changed plugs with proper gap and the check engine light is gone!!!!!!! I reset P1356 code and took several rides, code did not return. You guys are great my gold membership has already paid for itself

    • Customer Service

      Hi, Larry. It’s fairly easy: Remove air cleaner backing plate. Unplug TP sensor connector by pulling external latch outward and using rocking motion to remove. Remove two screws to detach TP sensor from throttle body.

      ● Throttle must be closed for proper installation of throttle
      position sensor.
      ● Throttle position sensor does not have to be adjusted.

      With connector facing down, verify that shaft pocket of TP sensor fits over shaft on throttle body Align holes in TP sensor with holes in throttle body. TP sensor may have to be turned slightly for holes to align. Install screws and tighten to 18 in-lbs. Connect TP sensor connector. Install air cleaner assembly.

      https://www.fixmyhog.com/post/videos-harley/

      Reply
  166. MAX E.

    2013 FXDWG STALLING OUT AFTER SHORT RIDE ,THROTTLE JUST DIES,REPALCED ,CRANK SENSOR, WITH HD OEM WAS OK FOR SHORT TIME,NOW PROBLEM BACK..THINKING OF GETTING S&S SENSOR…

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  167. David

    I’m Having an intermitent short on my accesory fuse . I know it is the orange wire with white stipe. how do you follow the wire through the enclosed wiring harness? do you open it up and replace with the coregated split tubing?

    Reply
    • Customer Service

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

      Reply
  168. Chrissy loesel

    Help… I think I may have really messed up my electric start control on my bike. I’ve got a 2002 1200 sporty . yesterday we were bleeding the front right brake and the cap was off the battery cylinder. While pumping the lever there was spillage on and inside the control box on the bike.. (Don’t laugh I’m new at riding) we went to start the bike and nothing. Had power but the electric start was dead… Help!?!

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  169. Daniele

    Hi gang,

    I’m just about to bang up my Hog in my garage for the winter.
    I’ve bought a dehumidifier and so I’m wondering what setting do you recommend it should be on?

    In the instructions, it indicates comparative problems of the ambient air being too dry and of being too moist, and so it has various settings including that of maintaining a “Relative Humidity” of 50-60%.

    My impression has been that we want – ideally – a completely dry ambient atmosphere for our Hogs (considering the chrome-work etc). Am I correct?

    Trouble is that the instructions say that having too dry ambient air it can shrink woodwork, door/window frames etc etc etc. What do you think?

    What level of humidity is acceptable for our Hogs (and other bikes, generally)…?

    Best regards

    Daniele

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  170. Dean

    Thinking about replacing stock ’87 Sportster front end with a springer. What do you do with all the wiring that is currently packed in the Sportster headlamp?

    Reply
    • Customer Service

      Hi, Dean. There is a considerable amount of wiring to do, especially if you incorporate indicators. This is something where a lot of people make a huge mess. On Sportsters & FXR’s. So take your time & make a plan. The important thing to focus on is correctly & neatly making your connections. The new connections, weather hardwired of plugged, need to be neatly tucked away. Hidden, if possible. On an XL, you may want to tie in somewhere around or under your seat area being that there is little to no hiding spots below the fuel tank. Also may need to securely mount 2 or 3 circuit breakers and a flasher or t-sig module. https://www.fixmyhog.com/video/circuits-002183/ https://www.fixmyhog.com/videos/electrical/

      Reply
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  172. Forest

    not sure how to ask a question but when I purchased my new bike has a 103 Heritage 015 installed a set of vance and Hines slip ons at the time was suppose to and paid for a different air filter kit and tuner but they did not install it because they said no need to do that that the factory computer would compensate for the new slip ons , I was fine sounded great for about 500 miles then the backfiring and crackling started and dealer told me it was normal but I know some bike that do not do that and have had bikes that did not do that being fuel injected this is like a old carbureted bike that you let off and loads up the bang when you hit the throttle again well now the dealer says you need a air filter wich I did the conversion after finally getting my money back from the dealer for not doing everything the had sold me , well the air cleaner has not helped either so felt like there first suggestion was a waste of money , now a friend of mine said he fixed his by using the screaming eagle plugs said it helped his this I bought the plugs but yet to give it a try yet but last visit at dealer now tell me I should buy a tuner all of the stuff now they sold me then said I don’t need so they didn’t do it , I have see baffle kits from vance and hines because they suggest there exhaust is made with such low restriction that you need this baffle kit to use to get some back pressure to run right ,( make you wonder why make something then have a fix for what you make ) so am wondering does any one have a sure fire method to get ride of the popping occasional back fire and have the bike sound good like the first few hundred miles oh and ( Vance and Hines says the baffle kit that will give more back pressure than the stock baffles will give better horse power to again make you wonder why buld this exahause ) but looking for any tips so bike runs smoth and not crackle back and backfire at times due to not enough possibly not enough back pressure and not spend now money on a tuner that I should of had in first place but told didn’t need and was refunded money and just have the bike run right ( not sure yet if new plugs from screaming eagle will work completely yet but have been told so many things ) just want the nice sound and smoth sound with power of adding on the slip ons with out spending a fortune now after doing that once and then finally getting back the money for work not preformed by Harley Dealer to be told now 5 or 6 different stories on what I need to do

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    • Customer Service

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

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  173. michael

    Iam working on a 2002 flst it has start pipes and you let off the throttle it back fires what can the fix aloha

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  174. Robert

    I have a 2002 wide glide that I bought used as my first Harley. It appears to be stock, all but for the Vance & Hines pipes. It idles a little high. What do you recommend I check?

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  175. Randal

    Just looked thru this whole section did’t find the question I was looking for I had an accident with my 2003 FLHRSEI2 before spending a lot of money to fix it how can I check to see if the frame got tweaked.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Randal. You may need to strip the m/c down to bare frame depending on the nature of the accident/damage. Manuals do not give specific specs on frame dimensions. Other than taking a lot of measurements or the use of a perfectly flat table to work with; If damage is not detected, you may need to actually ride the m/c in order to determine weather or not the frame is okay. Another Avenue would be to strip the m/c and take the frame to an iron worker/welding shop. Get a diagnosis from someone who works metal for a living. https://www.fixmyhog.com/post/videos-harley/

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  176. mlan12

    Do you have a video showing how to check spark plug wires for a 2006 XL1200L? My bike does not have any spark. I have narrowed things down to plug wires, battery cables or battery.

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  177. Kirk

    96 road king police, after riding for a 15 to 25 mile distance. cruising at 55 to 60 and the engine just shuts off. pull over wait a few minutes turn switch off and on and it starts up again!! whats up??

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    • Customer Service

      In most cases, you can not install a larger size tire without having to modify another area of the m/c to allow for safe clearance.
      We do not recommend installing a larger tire unless you are interested in the possibility of modification or fabrication.
      In which case- you can use any size you like.
      https://www.fixmyhog.com/video/tire-maintenance-002168/

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  178. MIchael

    I need help finding the turn signal module on my 1993 Dyna Lowrider. Where is it located and what does it look like. We are installing a voyager trike kit and can’t find where the wiring taps into.

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  179. keith

    I have a 2003 road king the cruse controle don’t work I tested the lights they work I also did the cable relern so I know it works for that and I also disconected the role off none on this helped I notisted Sunday that the light on the left side worked intermittently and if I hot the handle it came on and stayed on

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  180. Dennis

    I have a 2000 HD Electric Glide Classic. When I’m riding all of a sudden everything shuts down. I have to shut off everything and wait about a min. then restart…then I’m good to go. How do I fix this problem?

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  181. Dennis

    On my HD Electric Glide Classic when I go to start it it makes a clicking sound…does this mean I need a new starter? At times I did Have trouble starting my bike. How do I change the starter and what is the best starter to get.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Dennis. Check your battery cables. Replace your main breaker with a 40 or 50 amp breaker. Test your charging system and make sure that you are using a quality, known good, battery.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Thomas. Verify correct tire pressure. Set m/c on level surface. Position 25 ft away from a wall.
      (Measuring from directly below the front axle to the wall -25′)
      Draw a horizontal line level with the center of the headlamp on wall for alignment purposes.
      Load m/c with rider & passenger (if normally present )
      Turn on high beam
      The beam should be equally centered above & below the horizontal line on wall.
      Turn adjustment screws to adjust beam if needed.

      https://www.fixmyhog.com/post/videos-harley/

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  182. Frederick

    Why don’t any video’s play? I can’t play any video’s in any browser.

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    • Customer Service

      Frederick,

      I am sorry that you are having troubles viewing the videos. I have sent you a troubleshooting email to hopefully help you solve this problem!

      Sincerely,
      Kate

      FMH Video Membership

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  183. Dwayne

    I need to assemble hard saddlebags with all the hardware? Do you have a video on assembling with latches,hinges etc.?

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  184. Billy Ghoate

    Have an 09 ultra classic. Replaced starter. Started fine numerous times. Parked and would not start again. Everytime I hit the starter switch fuse blows. Replaced starter again and starter switch on handlebars. Same thing! Can jump the starter with a wire and runs fine, turn it off, no start???????

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Wildhogg55,

      To ask a questions please follow the steps below:

      1. Visit: http://www.fixmyhog.com
      2. Scroll to the bottom of the HOME page.
      3. Under Customer Service click on CONTACT US.
      4. When you are done filling in your information/question, click SUBMIT.

      Sincerely,
      Kate
      FMH Video Membership

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  185. Brent

    I am now a premium member but after I log in I can hear the talking but the video is black. What is the problem?

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    • Customer Service

      Hey Brent,
      If your screen is black it probably has something to do with your Adobe Flashplayer. That is usually the case when the screen is grey, white, or black. Here is the link for the latest version:

      http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

      Hope that helps and if it does not let us know and we can further trouble shoot with you!

      Thanks,
      Kate
      FMH Video Membership

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  186. Richard

    I watched with interest your video on how to remove the trap door bearings on a 5 speed transmission. My 1988 FXR has a transmission whine and I’m hoping replacement of those bearings might help reduce the noise.

    In your video, you used a home made ‘plate puller’. I would like to perform this procedure on my FXR, but I need to know the details of that puller, specifically the center-to-center distance between the main & counter shafts, and the diameter and thread pitch of the’ extractor’ bolts.

    Is there a diagram or spec sheet available with this information?

    Thanks for all the great information available on your site.

    Rick
    Bethlehem, PA

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  187. Rob

    95 Softail starter drops out,changed starter clutch did not make a difference.was told it was a wiring issue.cañ anyone help

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  188. Morris

    I converted my Dyna Low Rider to a trike. Where should the engine oil level be on the dip stick, as the bike now sits LEVEL when the oil is checked.

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  189. Danny

    I have a 2003 Harley softtail and my fuel gauge shows empty all the time, i do notice a light on by the gauge but no fuel level. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
    Dan

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  190. Rick

    My 2014 flhtk has the service engine light coming on at idle and soon goes out once moving. This continues to do this at every stop I come to. The bike runs great idles great so I am unsure what it could be. Possible o2 sensors? The bike only has 9200 miles on it.

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    • Randell

      1. Clean your connectors. 2. Make sure your bulb is good. 3. Use a volt meter(analog is best) to see if you are getting voltage to the socket. 4. If no voltage is present, trace the wiring back, check for bad wires. 5. I wires are good, connections are good, replace the module. Harley Service manuals are on the net, download your model and year.

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  191. Poda

    Washed my Street Glide and the stereo quit working. I’ve checked all the fuses and battery cables. It is a factory stereo.

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  192. Michael

    I have a 09 Road Glide, I was riding home and the bike started sounding as if it was misfiring, when I stopped at the light it died. Once it fired back up it was running horribly and was un-rideable. I got it home and found a fuel system code, so I replaced the fuel filter and checked the pump. Now it fires up but still runs poorly (hunting for idle). At first I thought possibly the power commander had crapped out (stage 1 upgrade), so I disconnected it and plugged back into the ECM and got the same result. I have ohm’d the plug wires, the MAP sensor and replaced the O2 sensors (98000 miles, needed them anyway) and have had no luck. Any ideas? It will start and run (poorly, hunting for idle) and it throws no codes.

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    • Randell

      I would look for the simple stuff first! Connection at your stop switch, other connections, then sensors, then ECM($$) at the last resort.

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  193. Randell

    I have a 2012 Dyna Switchback. A saddlebag came off. It didn’t hurt it too bad, but I have a few deep scratches. Question is: Do I fill the deep scratches with bondo before touch-up painting?

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  194. Edghar

    I have a 2013 street glide. Here recently I have been riding it and not right away it does it. but ,when I come to a stop I have no throttle response the engine light flashes and the engine starts to rev up not very high just a little. Has anyone had this problem?

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  195. THOMAS

    I have a 1991 Dyna. After being on the maintainer all winter the battery was completely dead and would not take any charge. I installed a new battery and get absolutely no response and can,t find any fuse box to check.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Thomas. Make sure that you are using a fully charged, known good battery and that your battery cables are clean and secure.
      Verify that your battery cables are not broken. Sometimes the positive cable will break at the starter.
      Your m/c is older. You will not find any fuses. You have breakers. They are located behind your left side cover.
      Check your main breaker and any related wiring.
      https://www.fixmyhog.com/videos/electrical/
      Thanks
      Mark-FMH

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  196. David

    i am new here, but so far, so good. I have enjoyed the videos as well as some of the q & a. keep up the good work. How long should a stock set of plug wires be expected to last? I ride a 1997 FXDX convertible.

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  197. Wayne

    I have a 2015 road glide special with a sceaming eagle tuner, pipes and stage 1. It has a miss at 2500 rpms. Have you heard of this befor?

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  198. SCOTT

    I have a 2000 heritage softail and every so often it will back fire when starting it or just taking off and it sounds like its coming out the exhaust but at the cylinder where it connects not out the pipes so I replaced the gaskets but it still does it, it don’t sound like its leaking there so how does it sound like its coming from there and what would cause it?? Also when I took off the exhaust looking in the heads they are solid black carbin should it be like that?? If its from running rich how do you go about adjusting the carb without screwing it up?? Thanks for any help!! Could you email me an answer??

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Scott. Make sure that what you are hearing is not a bad head gasket.
      When your motor is running, use carburetor or brake clean to mist the area between the head & cylinder. If the motor reacts to the spray (races or bogs down) you have a head gasket leak and will need to replace your top end gaskets.
      Sooty exhaust ports are not something to be overly concerned about. It does not necessarily mean that you are running rich. It could be a build up from over the years, or it could be from a time when the motor had been running rich.
      If the bike is running good, you should not have a need to look into the carb.
      https://www.fixmyhog.com/video/harley-top-end-removal-008743/
      Thanks
      Mark-FMH

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      • SCOTT

        Thanks Mark, Ill give that a try and see what happens and yes the bike runs great so I guess its not any carb problems of running rich.. You been a lot of help…
        Thanks again,
        Scott

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    • Customer Service

      The tools in that video were purchased decades ago. They may no longer be available. There may be something similar that can be found on line.
      However, we would suggest altering 11/16″ & 1/4″ wrenches.
      You can shave and bend them to fit your specific application. The tool we used in the video works well, but we typically reach for our customized wrenches.
      We probably should have used those in the demonstration as well.
      https://www.fixmyhog.com/post/videos-harley/

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  199. Bruce

    Good morning, I have a 2011 FLHX Street Glide that has been converted to a 106 and has a duel clutch pack, I would like to know if the clutch adjustment procedure is similar or different to a regular clutch adjustment as I noticed the whole setup is different looking than a standard clutch pack.
    Thanks
    Bruce Murray
    Canada

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  200. Malcolm Mcpherson

    2010 fat boy keeps cutting out dash lights up saying side stand then bike cuts out. is there any way of by passing this?

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  201. Robert

    I replaced my shifter pawl in my 5 speed transmission on my 05 Electra glide and I put the gears in the neutral position and my rear wheel will not move at all. Any help would be greatly appreciated

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  202. Aleksander

    hello
    flhtcu 2009, 34kmiles – I noticed clicking/clacking sound comes more or less from primary (front drive pulley) only when hot, pushing it in neutral forward and back, engine off. Have you any idea where could be a problem? (have you any video i could buy to help me fix this problem?)
    many thanx
    Alex

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  203. PAUL

    2000 FLHRCI fuel filter – Harley dealers tell me the fuel filter for this bike is now obsolete & not available – WHAT?? Thanks H-D!! Do you know of an aftermarket filter/part number that will work for this bike? I now have 56k miles on my filter & would like to change it but can’t find one – I see ones available for a 2001 but the H-D dealer says it won’t fit. I pulled mine out to look at it & they look the same (both systems are MM) & it is a different filter than what’s in my 2003 FLHRSEI2
    thanks, Paul

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  204. Lee

    my 2005 harley roadking classic sat for about four months and it does not get any gas. checked all fuses and installed a new EFI relay. Still no gas. I do not here the fuel pump bussing, to bring up pressure, when I turn on the switch.Please help!!!

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  205. Hugo E

    After replacing my tranny pulley, my shifter seems not to engage from 4th speed to first. What gives? I will appr.any tip.tks.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Hugo, can you tell us the year and model of your bike, so we better answer your question?

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  206. SCOTT

    John, can you please help me, I went to start my 2000 softail heritage with 45000 miles and when I turn on ignition switch fuel pump came on and engine light lit and went out like usual, then I pushed the ignition button and it cranked over 1 time and everything went dead, now electric to nothing, everyone keeps saying a bad battery or fuses, I checked all of that and battery and fuses are good can you please help me and let me know what it can be please??? it is driving me CRAZY!!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH…..

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  207. Timothy

    I have a buddy who has 88 883 sportster ,We put new clutch disc in it and it stiil is slipping to beat hell help !!!!!lol !

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  208. Jim

    1998 Heritage misfires around 2400 rpm’s. Replaced coil, ignition wires, plugs, module, voes, carburetor (same super E). Out of ideas. Misfires through 2300 and when if maintaining that speed / rpm combo …. faster slower is fine.

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  209. JSin

    Speedometer on my 2000fxdx jus started bouncing around eventually stopped working and reading mileage I have cleansed my sensor when I got it out it had metal shavings all over it so I cleaned it off and still not working any ideas?

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  210. Pete Mandeville

    how long can a harley sit unridden before damage occurs ,, i performed all necessary storage procedures

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  211. Erick

    Nothing I can find out about it, 110 motor build to 117 including head work. unable to tune out heavy pre ignition knock and ping on load except switching too 100 octane from Cali 91. So what say Fix my Hog

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    • Customer Service

      Suggest getting the m/c to a shop that has a Dynomometer. The Dyno can help take a lot of the guess work out of the problem by helping to see where fuel or timing needs to be adjusted. You spent a lot of time & $ for a big motor. Now you just have to finish the job by having it tuned properly. A generic map from Power Commander or Vance and Hines will fall short.
      https://www.fixmyhog.com/post/videos-harley/
      -Mark

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  212. Windrider

    Not for sure how to ask tech questions since I am a gold member now. Is Amsoil syn. a good oil to use in my 2011 Harley Davidson FLHTCU Touring bike. If not why and what is the best to use

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  213. EDWIN

    question for you guys ever install a vance and hines fp3 fuel pak flash the bike with the recommended map and end up with error codes sending your throttle response in LIMP MODE.2017 ultra classic

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    • Customer Service

      Never had an issue like you describe.
      We would suggest returning the ECM to its base map/tune. See if anything changes.
      But 1st, contact Vance and Hines directly through the app when you are linked to your bike. If there is an issue with their product, they should be able to see it and direct you from there.
      https://www.fixmyhog.com/post/videos-harley/
      -Mark

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  214. BRAD

    Hi, this is a fantastic site and your videos and Q&A’s are awesome.

    I have a 2008 ElectraGlide Classic that blew a piston/cylinder and crank at only 30,000 km (detonation or pre-ignition). I had a 103 w/ 255 cams, oil cooler, air intake, V&H FuelPack and touring mufflers installed. 6,000 km later that crank broke in half, stranding me, and to their credit the installing shop backed their work and replaced it. I estimate it’s at 48,000 km now and front cylinder is dropping in compression (spread between cylinders is more than it should be per another Harley dealer). Original shop told me he installed the proper stage flash to match the cams but this dealer said it had stock maps so I was charged for something I didn’t get AND I think it has damaged something in the lead cylinder. Also, the V&H FuelPack never did work for longer than 2,000 km after the 30,000 km rebuild mentioned above. The original shop did the 2,000 km oil change and 35 km later oil was blowing out the air intake so they re-re the top end and found nothing. They didn’t know what caused the oil to come out so unplugged the V&H FuelPack saying the flash (that I apparently didn’t have as they either didn’t install it or it wasn’t done correctly so had to pay another $200 last year to install one that just made it run worse). Since then the starter clutch failed as did a bearing in the primary drive which cost me even more money. In short, this bike has been a nightmare but I still have hope for it thanks to your site. I joined because I can’t afford to be paying a shop to fix all the problems I keep having (which started with the engine failure when the bike was a mere 2-3 years old and apparently is not going to end given now one ‘new’ cylinder is failing). My question after all that background is: Would stock mapping on a 103 stage kit w/ 255 cams and disconnected V&H FuelPack cause a cylinder to lose compression and what’s the most likely problem? Why would oil have came out the air intake at the 2,000 km oil change assuming they didn’t over-fill (they seemed competent and surely wouldn’t have re-re the top end and ultimately unplug the V&H FuelPack if that was a possibility (I was 35 km into my trip and oil was pouring down on my foot so I turned it around and limped back to them). Is it mandatory to have compression releases on a 103 with 255 cams, and if you don’t, can that cause premature starter clutch failure as happened to me and will likely happen again? I told that original shop I wanted decompressors, as Harley recommended, but he said I didn’t need it from his experience. Yet I always had troubles starting it after I got the 103 and 255 cams until finally breaking the starter clutch. I now plan on installing the manual decompressors but am just ensuring I’m not wasting my time and money (if starter clutches go at around 50,000 km even WITH decompressors or on stock 96 engines). Finally, the latest shop to check my V&H FuelPack could not get the bike to even start (or maybe to idle/run) with the FuelPack installed when it only has 2,000 km on it before it was disconnected. Have you heard of this before and should a FP3 work with my engine work or would I be better off with a controller that not only changes the fuel map, but the timing too (for the ‘detonation prone’ 255 cams)? I heard Harley themselves make a good one that does both fuel and timing, but maybe PowerCommander can too, I am about to either buy another FuelPack (assuming V&H won’t give me a free one given I paid $350 for nothing the first time) or more likely something better.

    Sorry for the long story and many questions all at once but hopefully you can help.

    Brad

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    • BRAD

      I forgot to mention in my previous post that at 30,000 km, metal from that failed top end took out my crank, so I got a new crank and that broke in half 6,000 km later. The shop told me my piston top was all broken/chewed up by the exhaust valve (if I recall correctly). He thought it was pre-ignition but I had thought it was detonation. He said I was lugging the motor in 6th gear while at 100 kph (which I did because the manual said shift into 6th at 90 kph or something). I did here the characteristic ‘tinkling’ sound of detonation while in Yellowstone and in one other location but I slowed down or stopped when I heard it. I remember being concerned and a dealer along the way simply said to run synthetic oil. I was running premium gas when the detonation occurred. Anyway, that’s just some more background on why the first motor may have failed. I’m not sure why the shop thought it was pre-ignition but he’s probably right. He knows infinitely more than me about Harleys, but I also know what detonation sounds like, so maybe it’s a bit of both if that’s possible.

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      • Customer Service

        Thanks for the kind words. We really appreciate it!!
        Here is an article we like from Motorcycle Cruiser.com. It explains why you had oil pumping out if your air cleaner assembly. The only other reason for this to happen can be from a broken oil pump or overfilling, as you mentioned.

        Understanding Blowby in Motorcycle Engines

        If you ride your motorcycle too gently early on, you may never get the piston rings seated. Then Bad Things happen…like blowby and oil where it doesn’t belong. From the April 2005 issue of _ Motorcycle Cruiser _ magazine. Read on for the causes and

        February 24, 2009

        Every now and then I receive an e-mail from someone wondering why he’s suddenly finding large puddles of engine oil in his air filter. While some oil misting in the air filter is normal and nothing to worry about, these guys, who invariably own large-displacement, high-mileage V-twins, are talking about a regular Exxon-Valdez, enough to make a real mess and require topping off the oil supply on a regular basis. Because this is an area of general interest, let’s discuss what’s happening.

        By nature, all four-stroke engines require ventilated crankcases. The reason is twofold. First, when an engine is started or run at low temperatures, condensation takes place and fuel vapors migrate into the crankcase. These contaminants, essentially water and raw gasoline, mix with the oil to form engine-damaging sludge. Fortunately, once the engine reaches operating temperature the water turns to steam and the fuel remnants percolate out of the oil. As long as the crankcase is vented, either by the atmosphere or by using a positive-pressure system, these nasty byproducts are free to drift out of the engine and go their merry way without causing any harm.

        The second reason the crankcase needs a vent is because no matter how hard we try, there is no practical way to eliminate air from entering it. Anytime the engine isn’t running, atmospheric pressure pushes air into the engine through open valves or any other convenient entry point. When the engine is running, some combustion gases normally make their way past the rings to pressurize the crankcase as well. If the crankcase wasn’t vented, pressure buildup would soon cause every seal in the engine to rupture as the trapped air sought a way out.

        Originally, crankcase vents were nothing more than tubes connected to valves timed to open when crankcase pressure was too high and close when crankcase pressure was too low. This allowed the bad stuff to be forced out and prevented dirt from being drawn back in. A variation on this scheme vented the crankcase through a series of baffles, accomplishing the same thing with less complication. Although they were efficient, these breather-tube ventilators were little more than open pipes spewing engine contaminants directly into the atmosphere. As you can imagine, the EPA took a dim view of the situation and demanded that manufacturers, first car and later motorcycle, do something about it.

        Although system details vary, one solution was to plumb the breather into the air cleaner. The fumes coming from the crankcase are then recirculated back into the engine and burnt.

        Here’s how the oil ends up in the air cleaner. Crankcases can only contain a given volume of air and its attendant pressure. Once that pressure is exceeded, you’ve got problems.

        What causes excess crankcase pressure? Excellent question, grasshopper. For starters, anything that can reduce the crankcase volume, such as overfilling it with oil, creates problems, as will a restricted or damaged breather system. In V-twins, crankcase pressure sees rapid fluctuations, decreasing as the pistons rise in unison, then increasing sharply as they descend, compressing the gases in the crancase. But the most common culprit is usually something called blowby.

        Blowby occurs when the piston rings fail to do their job properly. They may be worn or they may never have seated properly in the first place. This failure to seath the rings tends to be somewhat common is large-displacement V-twins. That is partially because they make good power down at low rpm and small throttle openings. However, it takes large throttle openings and high rpm to get the rings seated. If you went through those first few hundred miles without ever holding the throttle open or revving to the power peak—or only did it once or twice—your rings probably never seated.

        The bottom line is that the piston rings can no longer effectively seal the combustion chamber. Combustion gases are leaking past them, pressurizing the crankcase. This creates all kinds of problems; seals leak, gaskets fail and, because the pistons are forced to compress the excess air on the downstroke, horsepower is lost. But these things don’t happen right away.

        Because the hot oil in the crankcase is easily displaced by the increased pressure and because it has a perfect path out of the crankcase via the breather, the first sign of impending trouble is nearly always oil migrating into the air filter.

        Once the oil is pushed into the air cleaner, much of it condenses and drops out of the airstream, making a mess in the process. If this was the only problem it’d be bad enough. Unfortunately, some of the oil is pulled back into the engine along with the vapor and burnt, where it does more damage by glazing the cylinder walls and creating carbon deposits in the combustion chamber. At this stage the engine is on a downward spiral. It’s only a matter of time before you’ll be doing a top-end job.

        I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that some engine designs are more likely to experience top-end sealing problems and/or breathing issues than others. In particular, large-bore twins, V or otherwise, tend to push more oil than an equivalent-displacement multi. This is simply because dinner-plate-size pistons moving through sewer-pipe-dimension bores are more difficult to seal and move greater volumes of air. As a side note, there are also some bikes with poorly designed breather systems, but that’s a separate issue to be discussed another time.

        Please don’t get the mistaken impression that all large twins are just ring-eating monsters waiting to self-destruct; they aren’t. Chances are the majority of us will never have a problem with blowby. But like they say, recognizing a problem is always the first step in curing it.

        Compression releases are not needed with the 255 cams. ECM calibration (or a tuner) IS nessacary.

        You CAN adjust timing with a FP3. We have had 1 or 2 bad FP3s. Vance & Hines replaced at zero cost to US.

        If your m/c was not correctly tuned, it could most definitely cause motor damage.

        Your low, front cylinder, compression can also be from incorrect sizing/machine work. That can usually be determined by a visual of the piston rings, & cylinder sleeve.

        Inner primary bearing failure is very common on 08 & 09 models.

        Starter clutch is not unheard of at your miliage. Many start ups by now.

        https://www.fixmyhog.com/post/videos-harley/
        -Mark

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  215. Derek

    I am going to change oils on my 2004 sportster engine ,gearbox,primary drive ,what oils /fluids are required and are they all separate units cheers Derek in the UK

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  216. GARY

    So i have a 2008 Dyna Low Rider FXDL. I removed the mid shift controls to forward controls. Now I have to deal with a oil leak at least twice a year. I would like to just replace the primary cover and eliminate the plug system where the mid shift use to be. I have been told yes I can and No you can’t due to inner primary cover. I thought I had see you post a video on this but have been unable to find it. If you could help that would be great. If you have a video doing the complete up grade this would be fantastic. Thank you Gary

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  217. kenneth

    can anyone help Ihave 1999 roadking (88 twincam) it makes a clatter noise when mantaining speed (slight throttel) . goes away completely coasting or down shifting. ive installed rocker lockers , new lifters, new compensator, new cam testioners. again it dosnt make the noise idleing or reving ut up .only driving and slightly gasing it to mantain speed. if anyone has any ideas i would thankful

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  218. ALEKSANDER

    hello
    I have a question about “Harley throw out bearing” video. Can I pick this procedure for my 6 speed transmission?

    thank you
    Alex

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  219. Brian

    Question…..you have a 60-percent off sale on video bundles.

    I just scored a new to me LOW mileage unmolested 1979 FLH 74″ full-on
    bagger…….?

    Bike only has 27,317 miles on the odometer.

    Less than 2K miles (2002) on +.020″ pistons, S&S Super Stock heads, Alto Clutch that JUST had all plates replaced, Head Quarters 0.456″ lift cam with
    Jim’s roller hydraulic lifters, and true duals.

    Are there any video sets that would be beneficial to a first-time Shovelhead
    owner?

    Thanks……keep up the good work!

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Brian,

      Congrats on your new bike! Our videos feature content for bikes 1984 to present.

      Thanks,
      Becky FMH Video Membership

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  220. Kent Maynard

    I have a 95 FLSTC. I have gone through 3 ignition switches. It seems they only last 1 to 2 years. At that point the starter activation starts to get delayed, and it becomes hit or miss as to whether the bike will start. Installing a new switch fixes the problem, but then it goes bad again after a year or two. Could there be an underlying problem causing the switches to go bad so soon?

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  221. Lance

    I purchased a new 2018 Road Glide (FLTRU) in November 2017. At less than 1k miles, one time, rolling to a stop at an intersection, I down-shifted into 1st gear, pulled in the hydraulic clutch, and the RPMs went to ZERO and the engine died. I was unable to re-fire the motor until I put the trans into neutral. At just under 3k miles, it did this multiple times, as well as periodic RPM drops to around 500 and then immediately back to normal idle, during a day-long ride. Now at 3600 miles the RPM drops to below 500 and then normal idle are quite frequent, so I never know if the engine will quit when it does this. Also, it is very infrequent than I am able to start the motor in gear with the clutch pulled in… no consistency with these problems. HD has diag’d and NOT been able to duplicate problem, no trouble codes showing any problems. Sending it back in for more diag. Bike IS under warranty but wanted your opinion/ suggestion on what might be the cause. Thank you

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    • Customer Service

      Really would not know where to begin with the low idle issue. Like the dealership, without stored codes, we would need to have it occur to diagnose.
      Not being able to start in gear can be an issue with the clutch safety switch.
      This also, sometimes happens from aftermarket levers.
      https://www.fixmyhog.com/post/videos-harley/
      -Mark

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  222. Chris

    Stored my 97 Electra/ultra classic for the winter forgot to shut the fuel off. Did put stabilizer in the tank. Oil was changed. What should I do before spring start up

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  223. dirk

    I went to service my 2000 electra glide and found that the primary case had very little oil in it. The bike did not leak it out and the pipes are not wet. where could this oil have gone, And now I have a engine vibration and if I ENGAGE THE CLUTCH IT SEEMS to go away. any ideas or suggestions?

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    • Paul

      Check your air breather box. It may be soaked with oil because of the oil misting heavily from the heads into the breather box. Your air filter may be very oily as a result and evidence of this. Sometimes if you have a high flowing air filter it could contribute to this as well as high speed runs for extended periods, as on interstate travel.

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  224. Mike D.

    My 2000 FXDWG only hits on one cylinder unless I give it throttle, have good spark all the time. anyone have any ideas/

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  225. Matthew

    I want to put a new coolflow fan in my 2017 street glide special. The Instructions are very vague that came with the fan. Is there anywhere to find more detailed instructions on the installation or an installation video I can view?

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  226. Paul

    Enjoying the site and the videos. It is a big help for those of us who wrench on our own bikes. I have a 2012 XL1200C Sporty and as you know it is an EFI bike. I want to convert it to a carb bike with aftermarket ignition. Do you have any videos on this procedure and what are your comments? From what I read it is a pretty simple procedure and I want to use the S&S super E that you have a video on its rebuild. Any input you have would be appreciated and if a DVD is available that would be great. With the EFI issues owners are having and some not living near dealers with the computer diagnostics this kind of modification on TC88’s, Sporty’s and later engines could be something worth doing in the long run.
    Thanks for your input.

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    • Customer Service

      Thanks. We appreciate the kind words.
      We do not find many issues with injected Sportsters. The only injection/ECM systems that were really troublesome were the Magnetti Marelli, early HD injection.
      Changing over to a carburetor on a 2012 XL is not easy. Definitely not cheap.
      Not sure what you can use for an ignition or wiring harness. You can only read motor position with the crank position sensor on a 2007 & newer XLs. Aftermarket Sportster ignitions read motor position off of a rotor cup at the end of a cam shaft with a pick up/sensor plate. We would suggest not making any changes like this. No need to be intimidated by the electronics of this m/c. You can read possible codes through your speedo head & there is a lot of info you can find online or, better yet, with an electrical manual for your year & model.
      https://www.fixmyhog.com/post/videos-harley/
      https://www.fixmyhog.com/video/troubleshoot-with-harley-error-codes-008010/
      -Mark

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  227. Mark Patrick

    I recently installed a Vance & Hines Pro pipe on my 2012 FLHTK with a Cobra Power Flow intake along with the V&H Fuelpak tuner . The bike runs much cooler and has more power but I have noticed a 5-9 mileage drop per gallon of gas . Is this a normal decrease in mileage ? I am reading no error codes on the FP3 tuner . I am a new member and really enjoying the website.

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  228. dunnroaming75

    Hi Guy’s i have a FLHR Road King first reg in 1995 After a short ride Petrol was leaking from the rubber pipe that link’s the Transmission housing to the oil filter, i have ordered a new hose but but why am i getting fuel out of the pipe to the oil filter ?

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  229. Harbinder

    I have stripped the fork drain screw on my softail deluxe. How can I get it out?

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  230. ALEKSANDER

    hello
    I think I swept main drive gear oring and starter oring. I put James Gasket brown oring on main drive gear. These two orings look more or less the same. Do you think will be ok? – bad news is I put everything together already 🙁

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  231. lear4life

    I have a 2007 1200 Sportster 50th anniversary bike. The rear signal lights flash to make turns but they do not alluminate while cruising. Taillight and brake light work fine. I have checked all fuses and replaced bulbs. I am stumped

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