Question about 2002 Harley Davidson XL Sportster 883
Posted by Anonymous on
Hi Anonymous, you have a dead short some where. If your good with electrics get out your test lite and volt meter and start doing voltage drop tests and hot wire tests. Go to www.officialharleyparts.com to view a wiring diagram of your bike. then go to www.fuelmotousa.com/harleycodes.html and see if you can retrieve any trouble codes that might point you in the right direction. Make sure your battery has at least 12.5 volts and the connections are clean and tight. OR take it to your local dealer or reputable shop. Good luck
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I know this sounds aomewhat general, however please give the following some thought:
Check your relays, if you have an aftermarket horn you may have a different relay. To troubleshoot unplug your headlight, unplug your horn, etc.. Turn your ignition switch to accessory only. See if the fuse pops. If it does unplug whatever added accessories you may have still have plugged in. Once you can get the fuse to stop popping, turn the ignition switch to on. Then one at a time plug you accessory, headlight, etc. back in. When you find what pops the fuse, unplug that item, start plugging in the other items, if the fuse has not popped you have potentially isolated the circuit causing the issue. Now check the wiring for loose connections, bad ground, and CHECK the relay if that item has one. Hope this helps,
Posted on Aug 19, 2009
If you have other accessories try un hook them and check all your wire harness make sure nothing is melted or damaged.clean all contact surface for wire connections.if removing accessories helps u might consider installing relays that pull power from the battery to power them,but get their signal from accesory circuit with on off switches.(to ensure everything gets turned off by the key)
Posted on Apr 21, 2010
I'd say that you have an intermittant short somewhere. These are very difficult to find. I'd start at the tail light assembly as most of the time, I've found the shorts in that area, from the seat back to the tail light assembly.
Posted on Jun 04, 2010
re-check the wires, get the manual and redo what you did. bike not starting may be a seperate issue, does it crank? you have to be very specific if you hope to get a relevant answer from someone who cant see your bike.
Posted on Jun 14, 2010
In this case, you're going to need a wiring schematic to trouble shoot the problem. You'll have to disconnect the power lead to each device that the fuse provides power to. Then, replace the fuse and start reconnecting the devices one at the time. When you connect a device and the fuse blows, you have found the problem. I do not have schematics for bikes newer than 1999, I'm sorry.
Posted on May 28, 2011
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