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  1. #1
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    Decided to do it myself (lessons learned)

    A bikers lesson learned..

    Last year I traded up my 2011 to a 2020... stiletto red

    On the 11 I let the shops do everything except the windshield..

    This time I tried my hand at YouTube university and did it all myself

    Just cosmetic and accessories

    I installed my own
    amp... speakers.. lowers..
    factory 47 bars..
    disassembled the inner fairing and sent it to be color matched
    installed the Dakota guages...
    installed accessory switch
    backlit hand controls..
    mirrors and obviously grips..



    Got it all the way back together and... boom.. no guages..

    2 days of troubleshooting.. I figured I damaged some of the wiring when I fished the bars.. which was a pain in the ass...

    Not sure if thatís it but I am replacing that wiring and also the inner fairing wire harness.. I found that zip ties and the factory installed looms arenít friendly to moving wires around..

    So... Iím literally taking it all back apart..

    What the lessons learned cost me

    Replaced lower triple tree cause I broke that little turnsignal stud I couldnít remove. $150

    Replace Inner fairing wire harness.. cause zip ties effed some of the wires up $150

    New handlebar wire harness $60


    Miscellaneous screws that some how my workshop table ate

    And the painstaking waiting period on shipping if painted parts during the winter season when apparently all painters are most busy..

    Rewiring the handlebars.. when the parts come in and starting all over...

    No questions here just wanted to write all the stuff out to see how much I have invested

    Feels like Iíd go to a shop if I had to do it again


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    Administrator BillyBob's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrpryorsays View Post
    A bikers lesson learned..

    Last year I traded up my 2011 to a 2020... stiletto red

    On the 11 I let the shops do everything except the windshield..

    This time I tried my hand at YouTube university and did it all myself

    Just cosmetic and accessories

    I installed my own
    amp... speakers.. lowers..
    factory 47 bars..
    disassembled the inner fairing and sent it to be color matched
    installed the Dakota guages...
    installed accessory switch
    backlit hand controls..
    mirrors and obviously grips..



    Got it all the way back together and... boom.. no guages..

    2 days of troubleshooting.. I figured I damaged some of the wiring when I fished the bars.. which was a pain in the ass...

    Not sure if thatís it but I am replacing that wiring and also the inner fairing wire harness.. I found that zip ties and the factory installed looms arenít friendly to moving wires around..

    So... Iím literally taking it all back apart..

    What the lessons learned cost me

    Replaced lower triple tree cause I broke that little turnsignal stud I couldnít remove. $150

    Replace Inner fairing wire harness.. cause zip ties effed some of the wires up $150

    New handlebar wire harness $60


    Miscellaneous screws that some how my workshop table ate

    And the painstaking waiting period on shipping if painted parts during the winter season when apparently all painters are most busy..

    Rewiring the handlebars.. when the parts come in and starting all over...

    No questions here just wanted to write all the stuff out to see how much I have invested

    Feels like Iíd go to a shop if I had to do it again


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk


    Congratulations! Knowledge is power


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    Prospect sonofsam's Avatar
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    Thereís nothing like the satisfaction of doing it yourself. Mistakes happen. As long as you learn from them the experience will pay off down the road.

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    Administrator hulkss's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyBob View Post
    Congratulations! Knowledge is power

    I hope you had the battery disconnected or the main fuse pulled when you did all that work.
    2019 FLHCS

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