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Old 10-12-2008, 01:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all, was at a Harley Dealer that had a Speedometer for my Road King that has a tach on it also. I dont know the part number off the top of my head otherwise I would give it to you. Anyway, it was set at 21,600 miles. Is there anyway to change the milage on these that you know of? I asked the dealer if I bought it could they send it back to the factory to get it reset and they told me no. Once it is set that is it. I really do not believe that. This is a $499 retail speedometer and they have it on clearance for $235. I just hate to let it go but do not want to wait a year or more to hit the milage to put it on. If you know how to change it or know where I can send it let me know so I can call them and buy it before someone else does. Thanks
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Old 10-12-2008, 08:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey all, was at a Harley Dealer that had a Speedometer for my Road King that has a tach on it also. I dont know the part number off the top of my head otherwise I would give it to you. Anyway, it was set at 21,600 miles. Is there anyway to change the milage on these that you know of? I asked the dealer if I bought it could they send it back to the factory to get it reset and they told me no. Once it is set that is it. I really do not believe that. This is a $499 retail speedometer and they have it on clearance for $235. I just hate to let it go but do not want to wait a year or more to hit the milage to put it on. If you know how to change it or know where I can send it let me know so I can call them and buy it before someone else does. Thanks
They could send the speedometer to the factory if they wanted to. I understand that it's against the law to replace a speedo that has the wrong mileage. This is to prevent fraud. California is that way and so are the rest of the states AFAIK. Car Dealers used to reset the old mechanical speedometers to make a car look like it had fewer miles.
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Old 10-12-2008, 08:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I aggree-I'd check with another dealer or talk to someone higher up at yours. When you buy one of those combo units new they have to go through the dealer who submits your mileage and that's how your new one is shipped. Only problem is it's included in the price. Having to send one to the factory might be an extra cost and negate your good deal.
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Old 10-12-2008, 10:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Actually, the dealer can change the speedo on a vehicle such as described in the original post. HOWEVER they are required by law to file paperwork with the DMV stating the original miles and the current odometer reading, which ultimately gets recorded on the title.
I have read that if you buy one of the aftermarket speedo's the dealer has the ability to set its odometer to match what your old one did, but I am sure that is only for the ones that have never been installed. It would not surprise me that even the factory can not change an odometer back to zero once it has accumulated miles. Other wise what would prevent a dishonest person taking their speedo out and sending it back to the factory with the story that he bought it from a buddy and want to put it in his vehicle but it has less miles on it then the odometer reads. Just like some used car dealers sometimes did. I could see a big lawsuit out of this one, or goverment regulations.
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Old 10-13-2008, 10:31 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Actually, the dealer can change the speedo on a vehicle such as described in the original post. HOWEVER they are required by law to file paperwork with the DMV stating the original miles and the current odometer reading, which ultimately gets recorded on the title.
I have read that if you buy one of the aftermarket speedo's the dealer has the ability to set its odometer to match what your old one did, but I am sure that is only for the ones that have never been installed. It would not surprise me that even the factory can not change an odometer back to zero once it has accumulated miles. Other wise what would prevent a dishonest person taking their speedo out and sending it back to the factory with the story that he bought it from a buddy and want to put it in his vehicle but it has less miles on it then the odometer reads. Just like some used car dealers sometimes did. I could see a big lawsuit out of this one, or goverment regulations.
I can see it on a dealer level being a problem, but the factory should be above reproach. I have a hard time believing there's no way to send it into Milw or York (possibly with the original) and get it done. There's nothing to stop a dealer from cheating on the miles when they sell you a new one-they have to deal with the MoCo on that. Hopefully a different dealer can enlighten you, or someone here that REALLY knows instead of my guessing
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Old 10-13-2008, 10:53 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I am going to buy one also pale340, and I have searche the internet. I have found several at a lower price (than 499) but the catch was I would have had to buy it with the miles already on it.........most were in excess of 16000 miles. It was explained that it was "as is" and non could be brought to zero.

As Monty suggests........the dealer (in accordance with all laws) would sell you one but would have to put the miles on that were origionally on your old one..........this is regardless if you have them install or "take with".

In any case I will buy for my 2009 RK as I want a tachometer and I like the replacement that fits where the old one is now.

If anyone knows any different I would appreciate the input. I will find out shortly because I am going to buy one and install myself. As mentioned I find it hard to believe they will sell it to me with "0" miles.
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Old 10-13-2008, 04:17 PM   #7 (permalink)
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If you buy one new from the dealer they have to actualy see the milage on your old unit when ordering it so it can be set to your actual milage by the factory. That is why no dealers have them in stock. They are an order item only. The dealer has a mountian of paper work to deal with the get a replacment and not have it affect the title. I am suprised that the MOCO dosent make them put it in to deter frud.
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If you buy one new from the dealer they have to actualy see the milage on your old unit when ordering it so it can be set to your actual milage by the factory. That is why no dealers have them in stock. They are an order item only. The dealer has a mountian of paper work to deal with the get a replacment and not have it affect the title. I am suprised that the MOCO dosent make them put it in to deter frud.
Like '08 said That's what I was trying to describe about buying a new one via the dealer. Hard to believe there's no provision for re-using an old one through a H-D dealer. I realize it makes a better market for H-D on new ones but that seems a little short-sighted, almost as if they don't love us very much
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Old 10-13-2008, 08:23 PM   #9 (permalink)
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It is not that the MOCO doesnt love us, they dont love the lawyers and legal battles. Not to change the subject, but my local dealer showed me a trade mag that HD dealers get and there is a legal battle going on right now, where a customer brought a tire into a dealer, the dealer mount and balanced it the bike was in an accident due to the tire failing and now the dealer is being sued for negligence because the tire failed.
Still wonder why a speedo can only be changed once?
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Still wonder why a speedo can only be changed once?
Because the dealer might purposely install the speedo in a "wrong mileage" manner that would cause the bike to crash? Sorry, just funnin ya
It's a shame they bother to sell the old ones if they have no way to do it right. I have a bike with 153k on it, how could they let me walk out with a speedo reading 23k? IMHO they shouldn't be able to sell 'em at all if they won't help ya do it right.
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Hey all, was at a Harley Dealer that had a Speedometer for my Road King that has a tach on it also. I dont know the part number off the top of my head otherwise I would give it to you. Anyway, it was set at 21,600 miles. Is there anyway to change the milage on these that you know of? I asked the dealer if I bought it could they send it back to the factory to get it reset and they told me no. Once it is set that is it. I really do not believe that. This is a $499 retail speedometer and they have it on clearance for $235. I just hate to let it go but do not want to wait a year or more to hit the milage to put it on. If you know how to change it or know where I can send it let me know so I can call them and buy it before someone else does. Thanks
There are a multitude of used speedos out there on the market
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