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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-22-2015, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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Recurring theme: electrical issues following 14" Malo bar install

I read a thread almost identical to my issue but didn't see any resolution. I installed 14" Malo bars on my 15 RGS yesterday morning. I went riding and everything was fine all day. Later in the day when I was "thankfully" home I decided to play with the Boom audio system and set up my blue tooth connection. After turning on the key and watching everything pull up I followed the instructions and hit the "home" button on the left hand control. The screen went blank and the bike refused to turn over.

I proceeded to take the guage cluster off thinking maybe I had a bad connection, unplugged everything and plugged it back in, turned on the key and everything came up like normal. Turned on the ingnition switch, heard the fuel injection kick in but when I hit the run button everything died. Now with the key in the neutral position I can hear the computer kicking on. Completely confused. It all worked perfectly all day. My first thought is I pulled one of the wires loose while routing through the handlebars and simply making a bad connection but after hearing one guy talk about getting his ignition tumblers off? I'm not sure what to think. I just don't understand how it can run perfectly all day and then take a complete dump like that.

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Check the connections in the switch housing themselves. The white connectors can come loose. Sounds like a loose or disconnected connector there. They are rather weak


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Thanks rock103, I'll check those! After reading a bit more I really feel my tumblers in the ignition may be off. I always lock my ingnition when I park and I noticed that I was having a difficult time doing it yesterday and I've never had that problem before. Then as stated above it appears that the computer is coming on in the neutral position but I'm not getting fire to anything else. I'll try to realign the tumblers per the youtube video (and instructions I found on another post) and see if that does the trick.
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Now most would some how blame HD for the problem . You see the light.
Changing bars is not as simple as some make it out to be. Tea a few first timers get it right with some luck but many get at least one thing wrong.
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Thanks rock103, I'll check those! After reading a bit more I really feel my tumblers in the ignition may be off. I always lock my ingnition when I park and I noticed that I was having a difficult time doing it yesterday and I've never had that problem before. Then as stated above it appears that the computer is coming on in the neutral position but I'm not getting fire to anything else. I'll try to realign the tumblers per the youtube video (and instructions I found on another post) and see if that does the trick.
I don't think you'll have any luck with the various flattened pipe rigs. They changed the ignition key on the 15s. My pre 2015 ignition key tool wouldn't work, so now I have both. You can get from Amazon in a day or so but make sure you verify part number is for 2015. Let me know if you need the part number and I'll grab it for you.


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Now most would some how blame HD for the problem . You see the light.
Changing bars is not as simple as some make it out to be. Tea a few first timers get it right with some luck but many get at least one thing wrong.
Amen! I've changed the handlebars on 6 of the 7 Harley I've owned and it's always one of the jobs I enjoy the least and think through the most... And I've had em down as far as only the bottom of the motor sitting in the frame.

I chuckle every time I hear someone ask the dealer for a quote on the job. Inevitably they think it's just a few bolts in the clamp to swap em out and just about lose their mind at the cost. They don't think about the fairing, wiring, clutch and brake lines, etc. all of which become their own little project.

All that said, I applaud anyone that opts to do it themself. We are all first timers at something and if we let them the mistakes always teach us something. I like working on mine almost as much as I like riding it, and I take a lot of pride when I stand back and see what I did with my own hands and tools.


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Bluejob...If you'll grab me that part number I'd appreciate it.

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Amen! I've changed the handlebars on 6 of the 7 Harley I've owned and it's always one of the jobs I enjoy the least and think through the most... And I've had em down as far as only the bottom of the motor sitting in the frame.

I chuckle every time I hear someone ask the dealer for a quote on the job. Inevitably they think it's just a few bolts in the clamp to swap em out and just about lose their mind at the cost. They don't think about the fairing, wiring, clutch and brake lines, etc. all of which become their own little project.

All that said, I applaud anyone that opts to do it themself. We are all first timers at something and if we let them the mistakes always teach us something. I like working on mine almost as much as I like riding it, and I take a lot of pride when I stand back and see what I did with my own hands and tools.
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Bluejob...If you'll grab me that part number I'd appreciate it.
Slowride,

You need the #944 from Jims

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