• 5:03

    Introduction to M8 Softail Service

    Harley Davidson introduced Softail models for the first time in 1986. By positioning two rear shocks beneath the motorcycle, they were able to achieve the appearance of a rigid, “old school” looking frame. Between 1986 & 1999, Harley Davidson Softail’s consisted of the Fatboy, Heritage Softail, FXST, and Springer models. Future models included the Deuce,…

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  • 4:16

    M8 Harley Switches and Electrical Check

    We have the new Milwaukee Eight Heritage Softail on the lift and we are ready to begin a full service as per the factory service checklist. It is important to run the motorcycle for more than two minutes prior to service. This is important to remember before the motorcycle is strapped down on a lift…

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  • 7:44

    Milwaukee 8 Oil Drain Plug Location and Removal

    Mike has completed a check of the motorcycle’s lights & indicators. The painted surfaces are safely covered. Now, the electrical system’s main fuse can be removed. To do so, use a 5/32″ Allen bit to remove the left side cover. Pull the fuse caddy from its mount and remove the plastic cover to expose the…

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  • 4:05

    Check Front M8 Softail Tire Pressure and Tread

    Although checking Softail tire pressure and tire/wheel inspection is very easy to do, it is by far the most commonly overlooked pre-ride inspection. Tire pressure should always be checked cold, and while tire manufacturers do label every tire with a maximum pressure specification, we suggest following the factory service manual recommendations for front and rear…

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  • 3:21

    Checking Harley Spoke Wheels for Tightness

    If your Harley Davidson has spoke rims, it is extremely important to inspect the spokes for proper tightness at regular maintenance intervals. If Harley spoke wheels become and remain loose from neglect, it can not only be very damaging to the wheel, but riding conditions will become extremely dangerous. If you have never experienced riding…

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  • 12:46

    Harley Brake Fluid Flush and Inspection

    The master cylinder reservoir top cap should be removed at every service interval for fluid inspection and fluid level inspection. Between services, you can simply make a quick inspection through the sight glass of the master cylinder to verify correct Harley brake fluid level. Most importantly, the Harley brake fluid flush must be completely done…

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  • 8:59

    Harley Front Brake Pad Inspection and Replacement

    Harley front brake pad inspection can be accomplished quickly and easily by simply getting a good look at the bottom of the caliper with a good flashlight. Harley Davidson and most aftermarket brake pads have wear bars within the brake pad material. The Harley front brake pads wear bars help to give an indication of…

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  • 14:02

    Inspect and Adjust M8 Harley Steering Head Bearings

    Incorrect Harley steering head adjustment is a common reason for wobble on a Harley Davidson. A loose adjustment will cause wobble on deceleration or at high speeds. Harley steering head inspection and adjustment is an important service point on a major service that should never be overlooked. The Milwaukee Eight Softail and Touring model inspection…

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  • 0:55

    Inspect Harley Windshield Bushings

    If your Harley-Davidson M8 Softail has a windshield, don’t neglect to take a glance at the Harley windshield bushings during a major service. Usually these Harley windshield bushings will only need replacement after many miles or after removing and reinstalling the windshield a great deal of times. If the Harley windshield bushings are dry, cracked…

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