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    Because my Ducati had no alarm system, I knocked up my own for £10.

    I worked on the basis that as the Ducati only had a sidestand, it would have to be brought upright to kick the stand up and to move it.

    So I fitted a mercury tilt switch under the seat with a 110db piezo siren; plus a key switch for on/off; a couple of flashing red leds and a car door switch under the seat, so the seat couldn't be taken off to get at the siren etc.

    Same thing can be done for the Sportster if anyone wants the wiring diagram - I might even fit one to my Sportster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gettin'onabit View Post
    Street lamp? Out here? LOL.
    Sorry AL,

    I forgot you live out in the sticks.

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    Yep, I will chain the bike to a stick.

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    Having taken delivery of the tacho kit; here are some observations.

    Why do HD parts cost so damn much?

    Admittedly I got a good deal by comparison with the RRP and dealer prices which vary from about £350 - £390; but just looking at what you get amuses me.

    A bit of wiring harness with a couple of plugs - takes a few minutes to make one yourself if you have the tools.

    A black crinkle finish steel (or is it iron?) double surround/mount for the clocks - a very basic lump of heavy metal, which probably has no primer under the black.

    A digital/electronic tacho with a plastic case - probably made in China - where all the other cheap ones are made.

    A black crinkle finish backplate for the tacho and two screws - another lump of heavy metal.

    Two rubber seals/gaskets.

    A presentation box for the above comprising an outer nice looking box and inner cardboard folded liner.

    A thin clear polythene wrapper over the box.

    An outer strong cardboard box obviously also factory packing.

    Two plastic bags for the backing plate and the harness.

    One cable tie.

    Looks to me as though the packaging costs more than what's inside!

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    And blast it - I can see the damn plug under the tank hidden inside what HD call the wiring caddy - or bits of black plastic as I call them.

    But I can't get onto it and move it because all the harness runs are cable tied to the caddy; so it's tank off.

    Sod it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gettin'onabit View Post
    And blast it - I can see the damn plug under the tank hidden inside what HD call the wiring caddy - or bits of black plastic as I call them.

    But I can't get onto it and move it because all the harness runs are cable tied to the caddy; so it's tank off.

    Sod it.
    Ok AL,

    I did say it's best to remove the fuel tank and the ignition coil, you might have to cut some of the cable ties on the "cable caddy" or bit of black plastic.

    It's not a job to be rushed, just take your time and if you get frustrated with it, take a break and have a nice cup of tea, I prefer "Yorkshire Tea" myself.

    You're right about H-D parts being overpriced, but that's the price ya gotta pay when you own a premium brand like a Harley-Davidson.

    Good luck,

    Dave.

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    You should know me by now Dave - I don't like doing more than I have to, so I always look for the easy way before I start a job; having all the tools to hand ready.


    AL

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    So apart from the bolts that hold the tank on, what do I have to disconnect to get the tank right out of the way?

    Or rather; how do I disconnect the fuel line and the electrics?

    The fuel line looks like a quick release job, but I have got a full tank of petrol, so I don't want that peeing everywhere.

    The damn speedo harness connector is right at the bottom of the cable caddy and I can't get at it without the tank completely off - unless I force the caddy open from the bottom which will bend it at least if not break it.
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    It's OK, no need to reply, I have got it sussed. Tank right off and out of the way tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gettin'onabit View Post
    It's OK, no need to reply, I have got it sussed. Tank right off and out of the way tomorrow.
    Ok AL,

    I posted a Delboy's Garage video showing how to remove an EFI fuel tank, that was on Tuesday.

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