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I hhave a 883 low 2008 my neutral light is always on even when I am in gear and so is my red key light how do I fix that?

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The red key light is on because of a trouble code, have to get cleared by dealer. neutral light is on because the nuetra switch is bad. need manual with wire schematics to replace if u want to fix yourself.

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My neutral light does not always come on, how do i adjust the switch


There is no adjustment of the neutral indicator switch. Keep in mind that the switch has a spring loaded ball that simply falls into a "notch" on the shifter cam. Sometimes this shifter cam is not exactly lined up with the ball even though the transmission is in neutral. Replacing the switch may or may not solve the problem. This a common problem on the Sportster as well as the Big Twins. The neutral indicator lights just aren't that precise. If you think the switch is defective, here's how you check and replace it.
  1. Remove the front drive sprocket cover on the right side of the engine.
  2. Disconnect the electrical connector on the neutral indicator switch, it just plugs onto the switch with what looks like a little cup.
  3. Turn the ignition to the "ON" position.
  4. Ground the neutral indicator switch wire to the engine or any other suitable ground.
  5. If the neutral indicator lamp lights (and it hasn't been before), the neutral indicator switch is faulty, replace switch.
  6. If the neutral indicator lamp does not light, check for a burned out lamp, faulty wiring, or a loose or corroded connection. I've seen the filament in the little bulbs break and make contact every once in a while and not make contact at other times.
You can check the neutral indicator switch with an ohm meter. With the transmission in neutral, if you put one lead of the meter on the terminal where the wire plugs onto, and the other lead to the engine, with the meter in the "R X 1" scale, the meter should read zero or very low ohms. Shift the tranmission into any gear and the meter should read infinity or a very high ohms reading.

To replace the neutral indicator switch,
  1. You'll have to loosen the final drive belt and remove the front belt pulley.
  2. Loosen and remove the switch from the right-hand crankcase.
  3. Apply Loctite 242 (blue) to the new neutral indicator switch and tighten to 3-5 ft. lbs. or 4-7 Nm.
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  6. Reinstall the front belt pulley cover, retighten the final drive belt, check to make sure all bolts and nuts are tight before riding the bike.
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Engine wont start but is turning over i believe. gear shifter broken and jammed in first or second gear.


Hi Alex Iam not too sure but I think this model had a neutral switch fitted that stopped the bike from starting in gear , and displayed a light on the clocks when the bike was in neutral .
If as you say the bike is jammed in first this is probably the cause
the jamming sounds abit more serious ?.. you may have bent the selectors and this will mean a gearnox stripdown , it is even possible you have damaged the lay shaft if the bike was travelling when you came off this would also mean a box strip down .
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