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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 04-11-2017, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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Not liking HD so much now!

Still have issue with front brake handle hard to pull. Cleaned calipers, pin that shoes ride on, and started bleeding brakes yesterday with no success. Handle still hard to pull when brake bleeder open. Started thinking I needed a master cylinder rebuild. Called dealer to get a price and happened to talk to service guy. He tells me right off I need an abs module replacement. He said when I pushed the pistons back to put the new pads on I pushed trash back into the abs module, locking it up. This tells me the fluid has not been changed regularly, like every 2 years. It's 6 years old now. This is a $900 dollar job if not more. Called the Harley shop I get my tires put on at, and he says its a dealer item and the program he's been trying to buy is very expensive so he could try and do it in his shop and save guys some money. He said HD has me by the balls on this one. Not happy at all about this. So much for wrenching on your own bike so you know everything is done right!
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My buddy had a fully locked up ABS unit. Bought the block from HD and changed it out. Bleed the brakes with a vacuum pump. All is good. He did not replace the electronics just the block with the pistons in it. It was just over $300 with my discount from my local dealer. They took his vin number and because of the abs class action lawsuit against the motor company he may get his money back. If you can change pads you can do this job and save yourself a lot of cash.


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I don't know. I do a lot of youtubing to do it yourself projects. I need to research this a little more.
Thanks Tourhog.
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So, you pushed trash back into the ABS module and you are mad at HD? Or, are you mad at them because supposedly only the dealer can do the work?

How many miles in the bike? The most miles I have put on one bike is 60,000 miles and never needed to replace brake pads.

I use a vacuum pump to change the brake and clutch fluids.

I would try flushing the system before performing the repair or replacement of parts.

I guess the lesson learned here is to keep up with maintenance, and replace fluid before changing pads.


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6 years old and appears to not have been maintained . Not an HD issue but the last owner issue. The ABS system requires a little more knowledge when messing with the brakes than one with out If you got air in the system it may need to be reset by the dealer.
I would not put a lot of stock in the brake fluid damaging ABS, when you put pads in. At least not until it was check by someone that knows the systems and has the tools.
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So, you pushed trash back into the ABS module and you are mad at HD? Or, are you mad at them because supposedly only the dealer can do the work?

How many miles in the bike? The most miles I have put on one bike is 60,000 miles and never needed to replace brake pads.

I use a vacuum pump to change the brake and clutch fluids.

I would try flushing the system before performing the repair or replacement of parts.
wow 60,000 miles and never replaced the brake pads, i change the rear pads every time i change the rear tire, you must be coasting to a stop or dragging you feet like fred flintstone.


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You sure it's the ABS? Been having a similar problem for over a year with no relief, and my bike doesn't have ABS.

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wow 60,000 miles and never replaced the brake pads, i change the rear pads every time i change the rear tire, you must be coasting to a stop or dragging you feet like fred flintstone.
I coast and engine brake. Never was one to race up to a light to just grab the brakes.

My last truck went 180,000 miles and still had 50% of the brakes left.

I also Don't deal with much traffic.

My 26 mile drive to work has one stop sign and 5 traffic lights. No interstates.


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I have to go along with "Tourhog" the part that goes bad is connected to the electronic
part, the module is 2 pieces. Unfortunately I failed to service my brakes and had the same problem. I didn't have time to do mine. My "Indy" bought the part and charged me just over $300, of course HD wanted a lot more.
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Abs.....

.....Man that sucks.....Gonna follow this thread......

Interesting........

I HATE ABS brakes! My truck don't have 'em......Never rode a scoot with 'em and hopefully won't EVER have too......

Don't understand why manufacturers continue to shove these technologies In the public's face.......

Don't get me started on autonomous cars & heavy trucks......

Good luck brother.....
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