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Old 29th January 2009
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Well friends, after spending months lurking this forum, BUYING A 2008 SERVICE MANUAL, and doing other online research... I finally did the ECM relocation on my '08 1200N. I thought I would do my best to try and explain how I relocated it between my battery, and the battery cover.
1)Disconnect battery
2)Remove seat
3)Pull ECM out of the bracket (which is located in a HOLE in your back fender)
- if you are putting on a springer solo seat, you'll want to patch
over the hole, or mount another rear fender. Mine was patched
and painted at a local body shop for 150.00
4)Seperate the cord connected to your ECM from the massive bundle of wires, as much as you can. You'll find that you should be able seperate it enough to have about 8" of extra cable attached to your ECM.
5)Open or remove battery cover
6)Pull off both the main fuse holder, and the data Link connector mounted on the side of the battery.
7) Remove your battery.
8) Once the battery is moved, disconnect the ECM from the 'plug' its connected to.
9) Feed the bare ECM 'plug' UNDER the frame -through the opening where the battery was. (Pull as much cable through the opening as you can).
10)Once you have the ECM pulled through, guide the cable/plug up to the under side of the frame, and next to where the oil tank is located.
11) Plug your ECM back into the 'plug'
12) Install your battery - the cord that your ECM is connected to should be just beneath the frame, but up in the small gap between the battery and the oil tank.
13)The length of your ECM is about the same size as the side of your battery. Work with the ECM module to the point where it is flush against the side of the battery.
14) Once you have the ECM flush against the side of the battery, 'mount' it there by sliding a couple zip ties behind the little bracket the holds your battery in place, and around back in front of the ECM - You'll 'loop' the zip ties behind the battery holder bracket,and around the ECM.
15. Once the ECM is mounted... you'll have to work with the Battery Cover Panel to get it back in place. It's a real tight fit. I got the back part of the panel connected via the frame connection closest to the rear tire. The front panel connector had popped off my bike about a mouth after I bought it. Instead of getting a new one at the dealer, I just zip tied it with a black zip tie. So, after much manipulation, pushing and squeezing... I finally got the front part of the Panel close enough to the frame that I could thread another two black zip ties through the hole left by my 'lost connector'. Once you get the zip ties 'connected'... You can pull on them, as you keep pushing the panel until its back to its original place.
16) You'll find after all that work, you'll still have the main fuse connector and data link connector to deal with... not a problem. The upper left corner of your Battery Cover has an opening large enough for you to slide both the main fuse connector , and data link connector back into.
*If you got through all this, you should now be able to be able to show off your ride, with a much cleaner look under your solo spinger seat. I'm not going to lie, it takes patience. It's not really a hard modification (assuming you know how to remove a battery) Just take your time, and you should be good. YOU SHOULD KNOW - I am NOT a certified Harley Mechanic. Just a regular guy on a mission to clean up the Clunky ECM from underneath my seat. As with any mod...proceed at your own risk.
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I don't suppose, now that you've got that cover zip tied back in place, that you'd want to remove it again along with your seat and take a couple of pics of the ecm secured in this position and the redirecting of the wiring?
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+1 on that one - great write-up but worthless without pictures!
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+2. All together now..."If a picture paints a thousand words, then..." etc (Telly Sevales has a lot to answer for!)
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eNIGHTSTER, Thank you for your write up,it is good to know that your mod is possible. Im thinking about a Flat Track seat and its good to know I can relocate the ECM without cutting all the wires. Great Write Up!
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Excellent write-up. Ditto on the pics....
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I knew that adding a couple photos would help this explanation, but as I was doing the mod. I didnt stop to think about where the camera was. (LOL) I'll figure out something for you guys. Even if I have to put together a diagram in photoshop.
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how long did it take to complete the mod?
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