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2003 Sportster 883 XLC. I have owned this bike for 1.5 years and I have replaced my speed sensor twice and now it has failed a 3rd time. Can anyone tell me why the sensor is failing. After replacin

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I have owned my 2005 1200 Custom since new. My experience has been with afaulty ignition switch on the neck and not the sensor at all.
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Posted on Dec 14, 2014

Testimonial: "How do you test the ignition. I have tested the voltage on the white wire on the sensor and it is supposed to fluctuate as the rear wheel spins. It doesn't do this. replacing the sensor only works for about 3000 miles"

  • Joshua Ljunggren Dec 14, 2014

    How do you test the ignition. I have tested the voltage on the white wire on the sensor and it is supposed to fluctuate as the rear wheel spins. It doesn't do this. replacing the sensor only works for about 3000 miles

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Hi, Scott and the usual suspects are:
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3. Check battery terminals for damage or corrosion, check the battery cables at "BOTH" ends for loose, corroded, or broken connectors, "INSIDE" and outside the cable harness, perform connector wiggle test and check cables with an ohmmeter if necessary.
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7. Faulty CKP, CMP, or BAS sensor.
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I have a 2003 Harley Sportster 1200 XLC and when it gets warmed up and i ride it for about 15min it just dies. It doesnt bog down or anything just dies and does not want to start. If i let it sit for about...


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2. Loose, corroded or broken battery cable.
3. Alternator not charging or below normal rates.
4. Failed ignition coil, ignition/electronic module.
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