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Default I'm going to ride this motorcycle into the Deleware kind of problem

I've had this 79 ironhead for two years, and it has been an ongoing battle to get it to run, I mean at least get me all the way home without popping the clutch. Regardless of the numerous things I fixed before and also had professionals fix that I did not want to do such as a total rewire. It still breaks down on me every ride home. This is probably to specific of a question and I understand everyone has their own problems but I need advice from old timers and knowledgeable ironhead mechanics.

QUESTION: The starter, the horn, rear parking lights, and rear turn signals all failed after I replaced the clutch discs. Why would this happen when the clutch is a completely separate entity? Where should I start to look for the cause of these problems? After numerous instances of relatively similar circumstances where the bike just says fu, should I just dump it in the river?

(The bike was rewired professionally by a shop with an extremely reputable name, that specializes in old harley Davidson. so as easy as it would be to blame the mechanic, It probably isn't his fault. and if it is then oh well. and I understand that this is an AMF year, but with all the work myself and others put into it that shouldn't even matter now.)
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Did they provide you with a schematic of the new wiring?

I would start with the CircuitBreakers or Fuses - Which did they use?

Originally, from the various CBs, the BLUE wire would be used to feed the Light Circuit... And the ORANGE wire would feed the Horn... And the GRAY wire would feed the Starter Relay...

But since it was rewired, you'll have to look (or check with the shop) how they rewired the bike to find out if any wiring is common to those components...

It would not be uncommon if during the clutch work, you either left a wire disconnected or broke a wire or shorted a wire...



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No they did not, but I'm sure he could provide me with one or take the time to review it with me. I will check the fuses first . Really more or less, I just needed somebody to tell me to keep working on it as its been a rather frustrating project.
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Keep working on it!

You'll feel great satisfaction when it's a reliable ride..............


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A Harley is only reliable after you have personally had your hands on every single part of it. Once you know it inside out, and once you have detailed all the connections, made sure everything is tight, and get the feel for what is starting to go bad, you will be riding trouble free. I have hardly even looked at my favorite for the last couple of years. I got busy, but not until I had everything the way it needed to be. Recently I felt the throwout bearing going away in one single day of sitting at every light in my way (and every light was in my way). That evening I pulled it into my shop, and I didn't go home until it was done.

And as Mr. Relax said above... reliable is sure satisfying.
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