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The Squaw Magnet in California


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Cracked year fenders - updated  

  1. 1. Cracked year fenders - updated

    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, DID crack after 1000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, DID crack after 3000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, DID crack after 5000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, DID crack after 7500 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, DID crack after 10000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, NO cracks after 1000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, NO cracks after 3000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, NO cracks after 5000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, NO cracks after 7500 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, NO cracks after 10000 miles
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Made it to the KOA in Eureka, CA as scheduled but it was really touch and go for awhile. Have gotten used to having to jump start the bike in the morning and today was no exception. However, about 25 miles into the ride, the bike started backfiring, which was new. Then, it started backfiring and dieing which was definitely new. However, it would start up again every time so I hobbled for another 25 miles into Coos Bay, OR where there was a Harley dealer. Did a few electrical checks and the battery showed 13.5V at rest and 14.4V at 3000rpm so that looked OK. Figured I'd buy a new speedo cable while I could as I hate having to guess when to get gas. Installed that and, for kicks, disconnected the eGuard monitor as it was driving me nuts with its beeping. There was nothing I could do about it anyway and there was an outside chance that it was the cause of the misfiring as it does have a wire connected to the coil. It was then that I noticed that my dead headlamp was also registering on the THC as a short so I pulled out the bulb, which was indeed dead, checked for a short and there was none. Don't know how a dead bulb could also be causing a short but this one was. Anyway, I purchased another bulb from Harley and installed it. There wasn't anything else I could think to do so I went to start the bike and discovered that the starter relay had died on me while I was in the parking lot. Fortunately, I installed a manual plunger on the solenoid years ago so that didn't pose a problem. Started the bike and took off. Immediately, I could tell the bike was running better. Not only was I unable to induce another backfire but, when I filled up at the next gas stop, my mileage had improved from 26mph to 31 mph! I'm guessing the THC doesn't function to well while one of its circuit breakers is kicking in but it still could be the eGuard. Won't know until I get home. Also, lost the sidecar running light somewhere along the way today but, as long as the bike runs as well as it's running now, I don't care. Assuming I can get it started in the morning, I now have some confidence that I'll be able to make it home tomorrow as planned. Fingers crossed. Talk to you later.

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