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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-01-2012, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-01-2012, 02:04 PM
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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!
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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.

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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-02-2012, 09:47 AM
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Sounds like you're missing the ground connection or it's loose...
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-02-2012, 11:19 AM
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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...

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 03:46 PM
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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?
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