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I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the speedo. The PO pretty much mangled the wiring adapting it to fit an aftermarket fatbob tank. I haven't studied the wiring diagram yet, but unless I need it for the bike to run, I might not put it back on. At least not right away.
The only "issue" will be your turn signals won't turn off automatically. It uses the electronic speed sensor for distance traveled to cancel.
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The only "issue" will be your turn signals won't turn off automatically. It uses the electronic speed sensor for distance traveled to cancel.
Thanks for that info, it opens up some options. I'm going to start this (re)build with fixing the wiring, It's been modified over the years to accommodate the gigantic headlight/auxiliary light bar and the apes. Since I'm leaning towards moto/tracker style bars and an LED light set I think I'm going to have to un-modify it and then modify it again.


The silicone makes it all good.

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This is the + side of the horn feed. You can tell it was an amateur job because the nuts weren't taped.

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What a freaking mess, is that hot glue or silicon?. Here's a good simple diagram from a member on here. Hope it helps. Big rep to einheit 13 for it.
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Silicon, apparently they pumped a bunch of it into the bars as well. It took me 30min using a long pair of angled needle nose and a screwdriver to jam in there and pick enough of it out to where I could pull out the control wires. They were glued in there...

Thanks for that schematic. I might end up using some pieces of it. I ended up making a copy of the main electrical diagram from the FSM that I keep handy. I just need a magnifying glass to read the color codes.

I just ordered a set of TC Bros Tracker style bars, a set of Biltwell Thruster grips, a Biltwell throttle tube and a bunch of Deutsch connector stuff, crimper/male/female connectors and some sealing plugs.

While I'm waiting for all that to come in, I started stripping the tin.
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While waiting for the stripper to do it's thing, I started shopping for headlights. The bike came with a big 7in headlight and an auxiliary bar but I was pretty sure I wanted an LED. After shopping for LED lamp$ and housing$ I decided to stick the headlight back on without the aux bar. It's kind of big, but I think I like it. It looks a little vintage which will kind of go with the black tracker bars and the raw steel tinwork.

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I took off the forward controls and it visually lightened the bike up quite a bit. I like it, it looks narrow and lean. I need to find some stock foot controls. And lower engine mount hardware...

After finishing up the gas and oil tanks I couldn't help setting them on the bike.

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I haven't stripped the fender yet but it's kind of a silver color. I'm planning on cutting it back to the end of the strut so I'll probably won't start stripping it until after that. I need to pick up the fender mounting hardware as well, the stuff it came with was extended to fit bag mounts.

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UPS brought two boxes of love today.
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Got the TC Bros Tracker bars on and the controls mocked up. I added Biltwell's Whiskey throttle tube to replace the chrome (plastic?) and rubber one piece grip/tube that was on it.

I also got Biltwell Thruster grips, but after mocking it up, it looks like I might have to trim off the "flange" on the inside end of the grip. With the huge stock control pods and levers taking up a good chunk of real estate between the bar end and the first bend, the grip looks about 1/8 from bottoming out on the end of the bar with the switches pushed as far inboard as I can get them before the wires hit the end of the dimple.

I haven't cut anything yet, it was late when I was messing with it and I want to look at it with fresh eyes before I do anything permanent. I'll also need new cables and brake line since these bars are quite a bit shorter than the 15in apes that were on it.

I am pretty happy with the way it's shaping up.
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Looking good. Be sure to get a fork brace, Sportsters really need them
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I've read they do and I've read they don't. Do you run one?
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I've read they do and I've read they don't. Do you run one?
Hell yeah. I have Race tech springs, gold valve emulators and Avon Cobra tires with Progresive 440's on the back but the first thing I put on the bike was a fork brace.
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I guess I'll put one on the list. I'm pretty sure I'm going to need some work on the forks as well. I haven't really looked into it with other stuff taking priority, but they seem to bottom out awful easy when I hit the front brake and push forward.
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