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Electrical woes I have an '06 XL 883. All electrical components have been working fine since I got the bike about 4 months ago. I changed out the handgrips last night... this morning my electrical components are acting up. turn signals\ speedometer\ horn doesn't work. signal lights were on as well as the headlight until I used the low beam switch to test the umm.. switches. This disabled these lights for some reason... they no longer come on. tach still has juice as well as the nuetral light and such. Any ideas? Think I may have pinched somewires putting on the handgrips... just need to jimmy them around a bit? Are there fuses on these these things? Sorry for all the potentially newb questions but I had to jump in the truck and get to work. I didn't have any time to wrench on this to trouble shoot it. Figured someone on here may have some ideas that I will try once I get home tonight. thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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    I WASHED MY CLASSIC THEN WENT FOR A RIDE I NOTICED MY SPEEDO STUCK-VOLT GAUGE NOT WORKING-INDICATORES NOT FLASHING-NO STOP'TAIL LIGHT-NO STEREO ANY IDEA'S ON THIS PROBLEM WOULD BE APPRECIATED

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Make sure you have not crimped the wires when you changed the grips

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