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I'm trying to adjust my passing lamps on the 2001 Heritage softail. I was loaned a socket with a cut out piece on the side that a friend of mine with a 99 Heritage uses to adjust his lamps. the socket is a 9/16 and Harley tells me that the 99 and the 2001 have the same size nut to loosen, but they could not tell me what size it is. I think they just did not want to look it up. Has anyone had any experience with this, as when I tried by taking the turn signal lamps off with the allen screws and putting the socket in the pipe to loosen the nut holding the passing lamps it just slipped like the socket was too big. Does anyone know what size I should use and where to get these sockets for the 2001 FLSTC
Thanks for the help, Bob
 

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Does anyone know what size I should use and where to get these sockets for the 2001 FLSTC

I don't have the parts manual for a 2k1 but if you look up the part number at the counter in the parts book, then go to the rear of parts manual and cross ref the part number in the hardware section it will tell you the size of the nut. Snap on sells the slotted deepwell sockets.
 

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It should be a 9/16". I made a socket from a deep 9/16" ($2 pawn shop) and cut a slot with a die grinder (w/cut off disc). The slot could also be cut with a hack saw.
If that borrowed socket had too thin a wall it could spread open and slip just as you describe. If you make your own tool look for a socket with the thickest wall and cut the skinniest slot that will still allow the wires to pass through.
You're also going to need your entire inventory of foul language to accomplish the adjustment along with a third arm (complete with a six fingered hand). No Joke!!
Good Luck and Merry Christmas.

Note: just noticed the OP post date - sorry guys, but Merry Christmas anyway
 

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what size is the socket on a 2019 Ultra Classic? i have always been able to move them by hand, like in the below thread, but on a recent bike, they are TIGHT.

and of course, they are aimed horribly on this bike, even worse than normal...

 

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what if ,,,, the lights have been replaced with chinwanese, lamps the nuts can be metric is done this way... 9/16 is the right size for oem nuts
 

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thanks, i saw your post & have been looking everywhere (Advance, Oreilly, NAPA) and no one has a 9/16th deep well with a slot already cut in it, even called the HD dealer, and looked on Amazon.

any ideas where to buy one?
 

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well, I was thinking "tool steel" would be TOUGH, got a 9/16 from home depot, $4, and it took like 2 minutes to grind out a groove.

turns out, I was moving the housing the wrong way,
squat down beside the spot light housing, and you can see it needs to "rotate" forward.

i pushed on the back (pushing forward) and slapped the bottom of the front, and it rotated forward pretty easy.


back to the stupid socket: i cut it up, and had to remove the turn signal cover & bulb to get a socket on it.


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stick a straight screw driver in there & pop it off.

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