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Recommendations on a good Harley forum?

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    I bash HD's as much as the next Japanese and Euro bike riding American, but I recently aquired a '91 FLH that just was waaaaaaaay too cheap to pass up. It needs some work, so I plan to fix it up, ride it once or twice and either give it to my dad or sell it to some pirate.

    Can anyone point me towards a Harley forum that won't make me want to stab my eyes out with a 7/16" wrench? Hoping to track down some wiring diagrams and any tips and tricks.

    Thanks!

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    Thanks sirs

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    When I had the Roadster, in between posts defending "MC's", talking about their 1%er friends who were such nice guys and just misunderstood, how they'd just dusted a "ricer" at a stoplight, their other bike which was a Hayabusa, and how they had to lay 'er down, there were some good technical post at

    Harley Davidson Motorcycle News & Forums - Harley Davidson Forums.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    When I had the Roadster, in between posts defending "MC's", talking about their 1%er friends who were such nice guys and just misunderstood, how they'd just dusted a "ricer" at a stoplight, their other bike which was a Hayabusa, and how they had to lay 'er down, there were some good technical post at

    Harley Davidson Motorcycle News & Forums - Harley Davidson Forums.
    They seriously have a whole sub-forum on putting car tires on your harley..? I didnt even know that was a thing.

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    They seriously have a whole sub-forum on putting car tires on your harley..? I didnt even know that was a thing.
    This guy wants the best 26" tire he can get
    26 inch tire suggestions - Harley Davidson Forums

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swizz View Post
    They seriously have a whole sub-forum on putting car tires on your harley..? I didnt even know that was a thing.
    Distance riders, those who like going against the grain, and anyone who wants a snow tire, will run car tires. Usually just on the rear, but I've seen some who do front and back. I believe it's fairly common with Goldwing riders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nick5446 View Post
    This guy wants the best 26" tire he can get
    26 inch tire suggestions - Harley Davidson Forums
    And there are half a dozen threads on the same topic! And in one of them they mention 30" wheels!

    It really is a special world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    And there are half a dozen threads on the same topic! And in one of them they mention 30" wheels!

    It really is a special world.
    Can't wait to join! I used mine as a shop radio last night (that's about all it's good for at the moment).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swizz View Post
    They seriously have a whole sub-forum on putting car tires on your harley..? I didnt even know that was a thing.
    Ah yes, the Darksiders!

    It's big on the larger cruisers. I know the Triumph Rocket III owners like to go to the Darkside. Car tires are much cheaper. Safer, that's another question! haha

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    a HD dealer you trust is your best source for info. i dont know where you live though...

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    Re: Recommendations on a good Harley forum?

    There's an independent HD shop around the corner from my house. I've gone to him a few times for random parts and stuff. I like him, mostly because he carries a .38 on his waist.

    I've spent a lot of years working for OEMs and having to deal with dealers, so I don't really trust any of them, and I definitely wouldn't pay them to do any work.

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    where do you live?

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    youre kind of in no mans land there. you arent far from one of our dealers though (Boston H-D). I know some of the guys over in service there (Jay and Bob...ha ha ha...i just realized...jay and silent bob lol) that are happy to answer questions. they are in line to be a gold dealer this year which makes them top 10 in the country (out of over 600).
    i am also happy to help when i can. ive got a tech thats been doing this since shovelheads were new.
    Evos are relatively simple. most of their problems revolved around oil leaks (surprise!) but new tech fixes a lot of that.

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    That's cool, I appreciate it! I don't anticipate needing too much, but you never know (as you said, they're pretty simple). This bike has a lot of wiring hacked in, but it looks like the stock harness is in good shape and mostly untouched. It's got an issue with the battery where it's either got a drain or it's not charging (or both). Once I get rid of the crap the previous owner added and put in a fresh battery, I should hopefully be in decent shape.

    Unfortunately it got passed around a bunch, so the guy I got it from didn't have much history on it. It's got 75k on it, so I'm guessing it didn't get that far without some maintenance.

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    Bought parts at Boston HD and they were pretty good. For example, when the oil cover came loose and flew away, they knew to give me a 2007+ cover, which was compatible with my 2005 but had better fasteners.

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    That's rad! And rare…

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    Quote Originally Posted by nick5446 View Post
    That's cool, I appreciate it! I don't anticipate needing too much, but you never know (as you said, they're pretty simple). This bike has a lot of wiring hacked in, but it looks like the stock harness is in good shape and mostly untouched. It's got an issue with the battery where it's either got a drain or it's not charging (or both). Once I get rid of the crap the previous owner added and put in a fresh battery, I should hopefully be in decent shape.

    Unfortunately it got passed around a bunch, so the guy I got it from didn't have much history on it. It's got 75k on it, so I'm guessing it didn't get that far without some maintenance.
    pretty rare to see a stator go on those but not unheard of. common failure is the voltage regulator. H-D batteries are generally the best replacement for those unless you spring for a top of the line aftermarket one.

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    Bought parts at Boston HD and they were pretty good. For example, when the oil cover came loose and flew away, they knew to give me a 2007+ cover, which was compatible with my 2005 but had better fasteners.
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    Re: Recommendations on a good Harley forum?

    For straight talk (and good service) on Harleys, see Paul Morrissey at Aero Cycle on Mystic Ave., Medford. He's been running this independent HD shop since 1979, an all-around good guy who knows his stuff.

    Aero Cycle Medford,MA 02155 781-395-9966 Specializing in Harley Parts and Service in the Boston area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SVRACER01 View Post
    a HD dealer you trust is your best source for info. i dont know where you live though...
    My father got a very pronounced cold shoulder trying to get his '89 FLHS repaired at Seacoast some years ago. They were pretty clear that they did not want to service anything older; only newer hardware. They had more than enough business that they could afford to be picky. Drove him to a local indi guy who made the machine run worse.

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