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Old 01-02-2013, 12:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Installing Sportster tach kit, i have some ?'s

I want to install the oem dyna/sporster tach kit and i want to know if anyone here has done it themselves. my concerns are really limited to the proper torquing of the two screws/bolts that connect the unit to the tree and the safety ramifications on the handle bars... i basically don't want to kill myself by not tightening the bolts and having the bars shift while riding.

i bought a torque wrench but took it back because it was inch/pounds not pounds/foot. help help.
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Just tighten them up and don't strip them, it's pretty simple. Don't need a torque wrench, but it won't hurt. Pink wire is the tach signal.
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Old 01-02-2013, 06:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Just tighten them up and don't strip them, it's pretty simple. Don't need a torque wrench, but it won't hurt. Pink wire is the tach signal.
do i need loctite?
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I never used loctite on those myself, but a shot of blue can't do no harm.

Make sure that the gauges dont have any movement in them.. Mine had a bit of play because the handle bar clamp wasn't smooth.. They ended up snapping off..
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The screws should be tightened to 12-18 foot pounds. That is not real tight, so be careful to not strip out the bolts.
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:19 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Did you mean "really" tight?

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Done! Used loctite on the bolts. I used a needle torque wrench which proved to be worthless. I tightened them with a ratchet then took the bike to a local gas station and had them use a click torque wrench to ensure even torquing across the handlebar mount.

I cant believe I considered paying the dealer to do something so easy
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Old 01-05-2013, 03:32 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Looks good. Nice to see engine rpm.
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Looks good. Nice to see engine rpm.
it is nice to see were the redline is and be able to watch the idle like my other bikes. butr i think the auto light (on in dark off in sun feature) has been disabled. the lights are always on... least it seems that way. bofore the speedo would only illuminated in the dark or a tunnel. now it seems to be on even in broad daylight.
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Old 01-06-2013, 02:48 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I was thinking the same thing myself and then saw this!
Brings all sorts of good info like you find on many other bikes
And looks like you can add a fuel sensor and have a gauge if you want as well
http://www.harley-davidson.com/gma/g...bmLocale=en_US

Anyone ever installed this?
Sorry if this is hijacking the thread
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The link is bad. I would love a fuel gauge

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Old 01-06-2013, 08:59 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Even claims to be a gauge indicator as well. Seems this is the ideal stock gauge to bring the sportster up to the techo standards so many expect in cars and on bikes these days.
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Even claims to be a gauge indicator as well. Seems this is the ideal stock gauge to bring the sportster up to the techo standards so many expect in cars and on bikes these days.
I saw that one when I was considering tach options. I usually just watch the trip odometer though.
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I concur. 12 foot pounds should suffice.
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You should have kept the torque wrench. I have three and the one I use the most is the inch pounds because it is perfect for things like the handlebars. It is so easy to convert inch pounds to foot pounds by dividing by 12 or foot pounds to inch pounds by multiplying by 12. A six dollar calculator needs to be added to your tool box.

Blue loctite is great for handlebars. It is great for anything not attached to the engine or engine assembly. I use it all the time.
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