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  • Bermo Posts: 3
    Melbourne
    Stock Poster Bermo
    12 Jun 2018 09:31 AM
    Hi all
    After sitting and reading for a while I have decided to join. I'm 53 and have had a few Harley's over the years and my currently ride a 2012 Softail Deluxe that has had a couple of subtle touches and have some more additions on the way. I live in Melbourne and enjoy getting out for a ride whenever I get the opportunity. I don't know many other riders so I hope that by joining I can hook up and get a chance to ride with like minded folk. I also have a small issue with my bike and would love if someone out there could possibly help. my dash light and tail light go out for around 10 seconds then magically come back on. I have had the bike at my local dealer for a week but they could not find the fault (still cost me for their time), I left the dealer and within 20 mins it had done it again. Is there anyone out there that has had the same issue or is there someone out there that can steer me in the right direction to get this fixed. 
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  • brucefxdl Posts: 877
    south west victoria
    Performance Poster brucefxdl
    12 Jun 2018 10:15 AM
    welcome bermo,nice looking deluxe.lots of info and tips on here.your light issue sounds a bit like a loose connection or a pin in a connector that has pushed back a bit,but i would think the dealer would have checked these.some more history would be good,is the fault intermittant or does it have a pattern?cheers
  • binnsy Posts: 676
    Performance Poster binnsy
    12 Jun 2018 10:17 AM
    Welcome Bermo. Nice Deluxe.
  • Bermo Posts: 3
    Melbourne
    Stock Poster Bermo
    12 Jun 2018 10:26 AM
    Thanks guys for the welcome. The fault is intermittent and no pattern brucefxdl. Massively frustrating at present, knowing full well that an intermittent electrical fault is hard to detect. Any ideas that can be given will be greatly appreciated. I’m currently off the road at the moment as I’m very concerned that I may get shunted cause the taillight goes out
  • bungle Posts: 119
    house of fun Ipswich
    Stock Poster bungle
    12 Jun 2018 10:50 AM
    G'day and welcome
  • brucefxdl Posts: 877
    south west victoria
    Performance Poster brucefxdl
    12 Jun 2018 10:57 AM
    Quoting Bermo on 12 Jun 2018 10:26 AM
    Thanks guys for the welcome. The fault is intermittent and no pattern brucefxdl. Massively frustrating at present, knowing full well that an intermittent electrical fault is hard to detect. Any ideas that can be given will be greatly appreciated. I’m currently off the road at the moment as I’m very concerned that I may get shunted cause the taillight goes out
    as i'm not familiar with your fuse layout,do you have a seperate fuse for tail light/dash light, if so try a new fuse.had a fuse 2 weeks back,looked good but wasnt,slipped a new fuse in and fault gone.....but i'm only guessing,easier to start with the small simple things . cheers
  • Roo Ted Posts: 521
    Boganville
    Performance Poster Roo Ted
    14 Jun 2018 03:11 AM

    G'day Bermo.

    I just repaired a rear wiring loom for a bloke who has a Fatboy of similar vintage. It had intermittent rear brake, tail, indicator & dash issues over several months which got progressively worse. It might be worth jacking the bike up and having a good look up under the rear guard. The wiring loom is double sided taped to the guard. In his case the tape had let go towards the front of the guard allowing the wiring to drop slightly and touch the back tyre when the suspension was compressed, slowly wearing away the insulation on the wiring, severing two wires & shorting out a few more. The symptoms were similar to yours at the start but got worse as time went on.

    Enjoy the ride.

    Roo.

  • imoo6170 Posts: 495
    Sydney
    Stage 1 Poster imoo6170
    14 Jun 2018 08:59 AM
    Welcome to the forum. 

    Good luck in tracking down the taillight issue - As Roo Ted said sounds like a wire shorting out somewhere. 

    In my XR1200 I had a headlight wire just break internally (seems like it has happened to a few XR owners) and you could not see it. The short would only happen when the bike was on full lock to the left. Spent a fair bit of time trying to track it down.
  • Humbug Posts: 345
    Darwin
    Stage 1 Poster Humbug
    26 Jun 2018 10:01 AM
    Welcome, hope you enjoy your time here.
  • Bermo Posts: 3
    Melbourne
    Stock Poster Bermo
    26 Jun 2018 04:51 PM

    Thanks to all for the welcome and the advice on the electrical issues. I have tried all options thrown out there by some members but unfortunately I still have the fault. I have spoken to the local dealer again but they cannot promise me it wont be an expensive find/fix.

    All your advice has been greatly appreciated. Might just keep riding and just live with it

  • B0GN Posts: 248
    South Oz
    Stock Poster B0GN
    26 Jun 2018 10:09 PM
    Gday Bermo and welcome. That’s a beautiful, neat bike you have there :-)
  • imoo6170 Posts: 495
    Sydney
    Stage 1 Poster imoo6170
    27 Jun 2018 09:55 AM
    Have you tried an Auto Electrician? For electrical stuff I have found my local guy is much better than having a Harley apprentice fucking around not knowing what they are doing.
    Of course there are good and bad Auto Electricians as well ......

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