Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

Yesterday afternoon forest-fire smoke from the Tamarack Fire blew over the hill and down the mountain, causing poor visibility and a pervasive wood-fire smell. Temps topped out in the high 90’s depending on location. I spent part of the day in the garage with the box fan blowing out, working on the Deluxe Auxiliary Lamp Kit I’m attempting to install on the Fat Boy.

Baby steps, I got the handlebar mounted turn signals removed and separated from the rear view mirrors… I already jumped ahead a couple steps and assembled the light-bar shell just to get a look at it, but there’s a bunch of wiring and a partial harness and the old headlight front panel to disentangle. It’s a bit more complicated than expected and I’m reluctant to just start cutting wires when the bike is an ’08 and the instructions say “2011 and later FLSTF.” My moto-wiring skills are being challenged when the instructions don’t include a why-for…

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18 thoughts on “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

  1. Don’t know if these would be helpful, but I got a bag of them for my son. He’s used them on the wiring modifications he did to his Razor, and is very happy with them.
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  2. Please don’t cut wires. The plugs are behind the tank, TS on the right, headlight on the left. Easiest way to access them is to disconnect the EFI from the tank, undo the dash and lift it aside, then unbolt the tank. It should then just lift off the bike and could be set aside. Post 2011 had a different wiring setup as they went to a CANBUS system so these may not be the lights you were looking for. If you need help, perhaps I can be of assistance, phone, Zoom, or by email.

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    • Thanks for the warning! I have not cut any wires as yet, and am breathing a sigh of relief now! I have to get the tank disconnected and off anyhow, right, in order to release the headlight nacelle and remove the headlamp front panel… This is the kit I am attempting to install: https://www.harley-davidson.com/us/en/shop/deluxe-auxiliary-lighting-kit/p/68669-05A and the service document: https://serviceinfo.harley-davidson.com/sip/service/document/216365?locale=en_US

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    • I’m gonna have to brave the tank removal anyhow, and futzing with the switchgear allows me to replace the plain black with plastic chrome covers… Duh, money spent not necessarily well but it leads to a voyage of mechanical discovery!

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    • OK, i see the problem. The light bar is for your bike, as are the instructions. The instructions include an extra step for 2011 and later because of the CANBUS system. You should ignore that step and do everything else. After you have the stock turn signals mounted on the bar and the bar mounted on the bike, you will route your wires from the stock turn signals up and under the triple tree and back to the original plug on the RHS.

      Here’s a decent video of the process for getting those connectors out. If you don’t have a needle or any electrical connector tools I’ve used a paperclip for years and just sanded the end to a flat point with a piece of emery.

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    • Out of curiousity, when you say “switchgear” do you mean the handlebar switches? If so, you shouldn’t need to do anything with those for this kit. Also, those chrome switches are a pain in the ass and you will probably break one or more if you try to replace them. I have been a Harley mechanic for 25 years and I have broken more than one even so.

      On the other point, when you say “remove the headlamp front panel” do you mean take off the front chrome nacelle piece behind the headlight? The back pieces are separate. If you loosen the bolts on the side of the forks and take out the little T20 torx screws, those panels will slide out. You don’t have to completely remove the headlight bucket or the front panel at all.

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    • I thought about starting a Harley youtube video channel fifteen years ago but it didn’t pay back then and I was busy working two jobs so that I could pay for my divorce (didn’t know yet that I was paying for that, just worked out that way). Just didn’t have time. Then by the time I had time and it started paying, there were a million other channels already out there. Oh well. It’s the guy who invents the toaster AND has the means to market it that gets rich.

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    • So far the most awkward part is getting the headlamp/bucket surround off…which I kinda stalled out on because the tank needs to come off and so I switched gears to build the light bar and wonder if I got the right accessory lights – plain old halogen, not LED.

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    • If you have an LED headlight then it might be worthwhile to put in LED passing lamps but I wouldn’t mix them. Also Hogworkz sells reasonably priced LED lighting for Harley and Indian. The kit is $400 for all three versus whatever higher price Harley charges.

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