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Old 3rd August 2005
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Hey guys,

I got an '05 sporty 883 Custom. Well, I installed new bars with internal wiring. When I brought it in for its 1500KM (Canadian here.) first service, the dealer came back and told me I broke the brake light switch....I checked the brake lights and they worked after I was done. After argueing with the guys that the switch wasn't located in the master cylinder, he looked up the switch housing diagram and found the switch. A 45 dollar part. I said, well OK, its broken so regardless of who broke it, order it up and replace it. I get the service done and while they have to bike in and working on it, I get them to install a new air filter and rejet the barb. (I installed the pipes myself previous to them completeing stage 1). I get the bike back and they tell me its complete. The damn bike is pregressivly getting worse and worse performance wise. Well they get the brake light switch in and install it, I pick it up and they tell me that the lower housing and the throttle set screw are now . I know I didn't have the throttle problem, because I drove it there and the throttle was loose, but now it doesn't return to closed position. I am SOOO pissed with HD of where I'm from, that after I bring the bike back today because it almost stalls while driving it, I may just trade it in on a Honda. There, I said it.

I apalogize for the stupidly long winded rant, but I am extremely frustrated. Thanks guys for listening.

Oh, I don't think there is any chance I would actually trade it on a Honda.

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Get yourself a manual and do it right (do it yourself). I hate when I pay for someone elses screwups.
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I understand, and I won't say anymore. Oh, except welcome to the XLForum, land of the free and the home of the rant.
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It is very easy to screw up the switch and the throttle lock gizmo when you change things out. Did you put a cardboard spacer in the brake lever when you took everything off? The purpose for it is to not screw up the switch.

And the throttle lock can get ruined when you re-assemble. It may not show up right away though so that might account for not noticing it.

First thing you need to do is open up the switch housing and lube the cables. It may be just that simple.

If you need to adjust your cables, GET A MANUAL! There's more to it than you might suspect. The two tensioning nuts near your grip are for fine tuning. If they have to be completely from scratch re-adjusted, which they may well need with a bar change out, there's more to it than just tweaking a couple nuts. You have to get the A/C off there and what not. Ask me how I know this.
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Hey Friend,
That switch is a fragile piece. I took, what I thought, was the greatest of pains when replacing the levers to protect the switch. Got it all done and voila!! the brake lights worked from the front lever. A week later......it wasn't happening. Took it apart and sure enough the switch was buggered.
Ordered a new one and repeated the process....this time I was more fortunate....(or careful)...no problems in 6 months.

Just one of those things that happen.

The afore mentioned advice on throttle cable adjustment is absolutely true.

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I apalogize for the "H" comment. I was a little upset. I mean, dont' get me wrong. I LOVE my sporty, I just feel like I am getting F#$%ed around by the stealership right now. I will be getting a manual and doing all the work myself from here on in. Now the bike is running like crap and I gotta try to figure out why. I guess the first place I'll look is at the plugs, make sure I didn't leave the choke on and bung those things up. Anyway, I have the throttle repair paid for, just waiting for the parts to arrive. First when I got the sport, they dealership was awesome, but now, everytime they fix one thing, they another. I'm going to pull the filter off and check it also.

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No prob. As for the "H" comment, were you looking at an Accord, or the Civic?
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No prob. As for the "H" comment, were you looking at an Accord, or the Civic?
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