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Old 10-14-2012, 11:53 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I carry a map all the time, and GPS alot. GPS is a great tool. Map tells you where things are with relation to other things on the map. The GPS tells you where you are on the map.


MY point about the compass is, you said having a temp gauge didn't make you and hotter or cooler. My point is, it is just information.
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Old 12-02-2012, 02:05 AM   #17 (permalink)
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So, is the electra-glide factory dash voltmeter as useless as the air temp gauge? Mine is usually reading around 16 volts, which is obviously too high. I checked the bike with a fluke voltmeter to make sure I'm not cooking the battery and the true voltage is like 13-14 volts at low RPM (It always reads around 16 volts on the gauge regardless of RPM). The service manager at my dealer checked with a few of the guys in the back and they said its not really accurate (well, duh), its just more of an approx reading. Judging by how well the air temp gauge works I kind of tend to believe this, but how are y'alls reading? High as well? For $20K+, how bout some gauges that are worth a sh*t?

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NC John, I agree. I have a 09 Ultra/CSC Trike and mine reads 16v also. I asked the dealer about it and of course they said it was normal. Looks like for what they cost they could put some decent gauges in them.
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Old 12-02-2012, 01:21 PM   #18 (permalink)
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my classic... volts and oil gages are a shot in the dark....but i can tell when the stator/rectifier is too far off the mark or the oil pressure is wacked out...but also the vts cant spike way above 14 when you goose it...then the rectifier is gone...you gotta let all warm up too including gauges, wire...to get a true base line...on older machines...that is.

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Old 12-03-2012, 12:35 PM   #19 (permalink)
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The voltmeter on my '02 Ultra reads a bit high. The accuracy of the guage is questionable, basically you get accustomed to where the needle usually sits, and any variation from that tells you that something isn't right. My guage pegged out one day after being washed by my dealer after a service, and the radio ceased to function (evidently has over voltage protection), the next morning the reading on the guage was running quite low as I was running errands, the battery went dead and it was found that the stator had burned out. I believe water got into a connector or two, now I tell the dealer not to bother with the wash.
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:05 AM   #20 (permalink)
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NC John - When you checked your bike with a meter, did you check charging volts at like 2000+ RPM also? It didn't increase to something like 16 VDC did it? Hopefully it's just a bad gauge. Mine reads just a touch over 14 at highway speeds (01 FLHT).
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I checked it at various RPMs. It was 14.2- 14.3 from idle to around 4000 RPM which is within spec. Just a useless gauge....

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It's not useless, just inaccurate. Get used to where it usually reads - if it changes you'll know you have an issue, simple as that.
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:15 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I checked mine from my battery tender connector and compared, mine is pretty close.
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Volt gauge reads very high

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Old 06-09-2015, 04:45 AM   #23 (permalink)
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I'd be more worried if you see it go low. I just finally finished (I hope) correcting a problem that has been intermittent for the last 8 months where my voltage would dive down below 12V, check engine and battery light would come on, then after some time everything would return to normal. Error codes would flash "over voltage" and "under voltage". My '12 Ultra was part of the voltage regulator recall and that was done two years ago.
After checking and rechecking everything and in and out of the shop 4 times I finally replaced the voltage regulator for the 2nd time. So far, so good. Intermittent electrical problems are always the worst.
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Volt regs seem to be weak point for harleys
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I just picked up my slightly used, 2012 Ultra. Same issue with the high voltage reading...pegged in the 16 range when I'm on the highway. At idle...closer to and a bit above 14. All else OK. I asked a mechanic at a local dealer, and he just said "not to worry about it." Said there was a recall on voltage regulators on some 2012's, but that mine was not one of them (checked the vin or some other number). Still, $20 large...and something as simple as a voltmeter isn't working properly? Gimme a freaking break. I can live with the temperature gauge being worthless...but the voltmeter? C'mon!!! Was thinking about replacing the air temp gauge with an oil temp gauge...but how do I know that IT is going to be accurate? The boys in Milwaukee really need to pay attention to some detail and raise our confidence level in them.


That will scare you more than a high reading on your volt gauge.
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Old 06-10-2015, 04:17 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Volt regs seem to be weak point for harleys
Never had a problem with my '05 RK.
I did find out something else that sucked, HD wouldn't cover the replacement because the recall had expired, even though the D/C fell within the range of the recalled regulators.
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