new to bikes and have electrical problems on softail - Harley Davidson Forums: Harley Davidson Motorcycle Forum is an independent enthusiast website owned and operated by VerticalScope Inc. is not sponsored by or in any way affiliated with Harley-Davidson Inc.. The Harley Davidson names and logos are trademarks owned by Harley-Davidson Inc.

Go Back   Harley Davidson Forums: Harley Davidson Motorcycle Forum > Specific Model Areas > Softail General Discussions

» Insurance
» Our Partners
»ATV Reviews
»Motorcycle Games
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-01-2012, 01:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
Junior Member
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: long beach, california
Posts: 3
new to bikes and have electrical problems on softail

Just purchased a 1990 Harley Heritage Softail and my headlight works but thats all NO working turn signals, brake lights, or horn. When i purchased the bike it had no turnsignal assembly on the rear previous owner said they "broke" off and that it was just a matter of reattaching them and i was good. So i purchased some authentic turn signal assembly from a local dealer installed and connected but nothing. Just wanting to know if anyone can lead me in the right direction every shop i ask doesn't answer my question or even give me a quote it's always the same reply which is bring it down charge you $0 much to just diagnose trouble shoot and if you want them to do the job they wont charge for inspection. Any help would be appreciated i am very handy and do all my work on anything that crosses my way so im pretty sure i can handle it myself.
Awol One is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2012, 02:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
MPG'S? Who gives a
Craiger's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Mostly @ work
Posts: 9,943
Images: 10
Welcome to the forum.
08 FLHTC. Breathing well and getting lots to drink.
Craiger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2012, 02:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
I'll help you hide the body
misinlink's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: S Florida
Posts: 5,905
Get the service manual.
Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.

borrowed from gtrman66
#1. Post #1: "New to Community"
#2. Buy a HD Service Manual, best $70 you'll spend
#3. Try the search function, we might have already answered your question
#4. Don't post classifieds until you meet the rules
#5. Don't bad mouth dealers until we know you, there are always 2 sides
misinlink is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2012, 02:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
Senior Member
pipewizard's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: out in the North Texas woods
Posts: 6,852
feel the love...
You MIGHT go to the new members section and tell us a little about yourself. It's considered polite.
AND you really SHOULD get a manual! They are chock full of information!
It wouldn't hurt if you told us a heart warming story about when you were a little kid growing up in Vermont...
just saying...
"don't wish it were easier, wish you were better'
pipewizard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2012, 08:09 AM   #5 (permalink)
Senior Member
chasarms's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Cottleville, MO
Posts: 4,864
Images: 2
The service manuals have the complete wiring diagrams in them. Since you don't know the history of the bike, you're probably just going to have to trace every wire all the way through the circuit and figure out what is messed up.

It could be anything. The various electrical problems may or may not be related. You just have to start digging.
2011 Ultra Classic Electra Glide FLHTCU
Jackpot 4" Dyno Tuned Mufflers | Jackpot 2/1/2 SPC Head Pipe | Cobra Fi2000 PowrPro
chasarms is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2012, 08:13 AM   #6 (permalink)
Hit it she goes boom
GotGold's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Illinois (Our governors make our plates)
Posts: 3,315
^^^^^ and welcome from Illinois.
"Our lady of blessed acceleration don't fail me now."--- Elwood Blues

"Give her full throttle till ya see God... then back off"

Originally Posted by Diezel View Post
Golds bike sounds like a 66' Chevelle. It's amazing.
GotGold is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2012, 09:47 AM   #7 (permalink)
Junior Member
DeadAye's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: SWTN
Posts: 11
Sounds like you're missing the ground connection or it's loose...
DeadAye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2012, 11:19 AM   #8 (permalink)
Pork Jockey
Mongo44's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Houston, Tejas
Posts: 7,418
Welcome to the forum from Houston.

Get the manual. The H-D version, not the Clymer.

May be that you have no turn signal modual. Did the turn signals REALLY break off? I would think if they both "broke off," your bike would be considered totalled or there would at least be some serious paint loss and a scratch or two...
If you run naked around a tree at approximately 87mph, there's a very real possibility of fu(k!ng yourself...

I got these lines in my face, tryin' to straighten out the wrinkles in my life... Ramblin' Jack Elliot/Guy Clark

The sweet bird of youth, was sittin' on my shoulder yesterday, but she's always changin' partners and I always knew she'd up and fly away... Larry Mahan/Guy Clark

Vaya con Dios, Rick "Rubberdown" Massey ~ May you rest in eternal peace
Mongo44 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2012, 03:46 PM   #9 (permalink)
Senior Member
Dan89flstc's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Ct
Posts: 574
Originally Posted by Mongo44 View Post
Did the turn signals REALLY break off? I would think if they both "broke off," your bike would be considered totalled or there would at least be some serious paint loss and a scratch or two...
Consider a bike totaled because the turn signals were broken off?
Dan89flstc is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:33 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.
This site is in no way affiliated with Harley-Davidson
Motorcycle News, Videos and Reviews
Honda Grom Forum Harley Davidson Forum Honda 600RR Kawasaki Forum Yamaha R6 Forum Yamaha FZ-09 Forum
1199 Panigale Forum Roadglide Forum Honda CBR1000 Forum Vulcan Forum Yamaha R1 Forum Yamaha R3 Forum
Ducati Monster Forum Harley Forums Honda CBR250R Forum ZX10R Forum Star Raider Forum Yamaha Viking Forum
Suzuki GSXR Forum V-Rod Forums Honda Shadow Forum Kawasaki Motorcycle Forum Star Warrior Forum KTM Duke 390 Forum
SV650 Forum BMW S1000RR Forum Honda Fury Forum Kawasaki Versys Forum Drag Racing Forum Ducati 899 Panigale Forum
Suzuki V-Strom BMW K1600 Triumph Forum Victory Forums Sportbikes BMW NineT Forum
Volusia Forum BMW F800 Forum Triumph 675 Forum MV Agusta Forum HD Street Forum Suzuki GW250 Forum
Yamaha Motorcycles Victory Gunner Forum Honda Vultus Forum HD LiveWire Forum Ninja H2 Forum Ducati Scrambler Forum