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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-28-2014, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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Default Lowered bike rubbing wires for tail light

I have a 13 High Ball that is lowered. Not sure how much but I think its 1.5 or 2 inches. One day my low fuel light came on even tho I know it was full. The light wont go away. A while later I noticed my tail light doesn't work. I have a brake light but no tail lights. I have no blinkers on the bike. I found a popped fuse and replaced it. It popped as soon as I turned the bike on. So I start lookin around and found that the wire harness under the rear fender has been rubbed through. It is kind of a weird spot, its towards the front of the bike, under the rear fender. My only guess is that the tire bottomed out and rubbed it. Has anyone else had this issue? I'm not sure yet if I'm going to fix it or have the dealer. I've never taken a wheel off a bike. But I should learn. And I know if I fix it, it wont happen again because I'm anal about electrical work.

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measure from bottom of motor to ground and that should tell you if its lowered. Factory spec is 4.7 in.

Can you or a body solder. What you world want to do it remove rear fender. Now find bad wires cut out the bad part do one wire at a time. Solder in new peace shrink tube it and do next wire.
Then move wires off to the side so there not right under fender zip tie them there. Put fender back on.
You might find only two bad wires and if there not broken you could tape them up. Still move them off to one side
You'll make the job harder by working over head.

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Thanks for the help but I know how to fix wires. I do it more often then I want to on my semi truck! And I do know its lowered because I have 2 sets of dog bones and have swapped them back and forth a few times. I guess I'm just curious if others have had this issue or if I'm just an odd case.

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It doesn't look like they are broke completely. But all the insulation is rubbed off multiple wires on a 3 inch stretch. I will try to take a pic later.

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Had the same issue with my 08 Vegas. I bought the bike used and it was already lowered. My wire harness was damaged and it even dug a few scrape marks in the tire. The repair is simple. You do not have to remove the wheel. Take off the rear fender and repair the wires by soldering and shrink wrap. Be sure to secure the wires to the side of the sub frame with zip ties. Oh - and by the way I raised my bike back to stock height, and relieved some of the spring tension on the shock. The bike rides and handles so much better. Two up riding is a real problem with a lowered bike as well. I know it looks bad ass lowered, but it's not very functional !

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Witchdoctor makes a metal plate that bolts to the inside of the fender, for a kingpin. Not sure if it's available for the Highball/Vegas style fender or not. But if not maybe you could buy the kingpin one, and cut it to fit your fender.

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If it were me. I would fix the wires and then put it back to stock ride height. In my opinion lowering a bike is just going to create problems.

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Ive lowered a few bikes and have friends that have lowered theirs. Most of the time it doesn't create headaches. I believes this is an uncommon problem.

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As you can hopefully see, I have 3 wires to fix. And then route them so they done rub again. I took the fender off. Super easy, just 4 bolts, then unplug the tail lights. The harness unplugs right behind the fuse block which is held on by 3 6mm bolts.

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2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 (for her)
2008 Suzuki Boulevard M50 (miss it)
1989 Kawasaki Ninja 500 (RIP)


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