Just wondeing if I put on a PC or other mapper, do I void my warranty? I just picked up an 06 RC on Sat and paid for the 5 yr. i want to do the tax pipes, a/c, mapping but don't want to worry about the warranty. Does this matter?
Yesterday, I took my '06 FLHTCI for its 1K service and the also downloaded the Stage 1 ECM recalibration and installed a set of Kerker K3 slip-on mufflers. (I decided to install a K&N replacement filter and keep the OEM air filter housing.) I was very pleasantly surprised on my way home (60 miles ;-) at how much smoother the bike ran; it had a noticable increase in grunt all through the operating range; and the Kerkers let it sing that great Harley music. The master mech at the HD shop advised me to keep it simple, and give these small mods a try before moving on to a DFO or SERT. I'm glad I listened to him; I'm happy with its performance now. JMHO.
Legally speaking, the only thing that will void your warranty is maybe totalling your bike. If the modification Causes the failure the repair will not be covered. The aftermarket parts aren't covered of course
I had the dealer put the Power Commander on with the understanding they would stand behind the extended warranty. Service Manager told me worse case; on the road out of state, just remove the PC and plug the 2 plugs back together. Cost a little more this way, but dealer has treated me right the last 5 years, so I didn't have a problem with the extra cost and the peace of mind.
Do a search on google and on this site (i've posted about this a number of times) "Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act". It will give you all the info you need.
Legally, a vehicle manufacturer cannot void the warranty on a vehicle due to an aftermarket part unless they can prove that the aftermarket part caused or contributed to the failure in the vehicle (per the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act (15 U.S.C. 2302(C)).
So if you install pipes and the transmission blows, your still covered under warrenty because the pipes have little to no effect on your transmission. But if those pipes cause so much back presure that the heads blow off, then the repair will not be covered under warrenty... Make sense?
Its all covered under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. Read more on it here:
Read Exclusions 1-4 from the warranty in your owners manual
Note in #2 the terms competition and racing.
Note in #3 manufactured, when you ad a mapping device you have remanufactured the bike and it probably is no longer complies with the laws where you have it registered..
Note in #4 the term may, These Harley or similar aftermarket parts will not affect your warranty. (note the green light) http://www.harley-davidson.com/brow...4302319499&bmUID=1139057764923&bmLocale=en_US
Then go here http://www.harley-davidson.com/wcm/Content/Pages/home.jsp?locale=en_US
Look under experience, click on racing, bottom right click on Screaming Eagle Pro Racing Parts, then download the Screaming Eagle Pro Racing Catalog. Notice as your doing this all the for race use only.
The items listed in this catalog with crossed flags and similar aftermarket parts will void your warranty if the MoCo decides to do so.
To simplify it a vehicle manufacturer cannot void the warranty on a vehicle due to an aftermarket part unless they can prove that the aftermarket part caused or contributed to the failure in the vehicle (per the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act is true, But if you read farther into the Act it allows the MoCo to make exclusions (things that will void your warranty). What it comes down to basically if you modify your bike in any way that it is no longer street legal they can legally void your warranty as they did in my case and there is nothing you can legally do about it.