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I just ordered the Digital Guard dawg keyless ignition system for my '12 Vegas. I should have it in time for the long weekend and I'm planning on doing the installation myself. Any tips or gotcha's from people who've previously done the installation? I've done way too many little projects where the instructions start with "It couldn't be any easier..." or "Only 15-minutes to install", when they really mean "It couldn't be any easier... if you've already done it 5-10 times" or "Only 15-minutes to install... for a professional mechanic."

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I just did mine about a month ago. If you want to PM me, I'll shoot you my phone number and can help you out. But, it really is pretty easy.

First thing I always recommend is doing a test setup first. Just run all the wires and make sure before doing a finish install. The wiring in the buckets tend to be the same (I have an XR). Make sure you give yourself enough room off of the connector to connect those wires to each other. That's the only issue I ran in to...couldn't use the heat shrink butt connectors without splicing a wire. And you DEFININTELY want to use those.

I sent Bruce an install video that he's reviewing and we'll be fine tuning. But, it might help so check him up.

You really don't have very many connections to make. The plug goes right where the ignition plug clipped in. Then you have a groud wire. Lastly, you have two wires to send to your headlight bucket. There's a solid color and one with a stripe. In the bucket, follow the wires from your throttle side and find the connector. Find the pink wire and the red (with a black stripe) wire. Cut them both a good 1"+ from the connector BEFORE it goes in to there from the throttle side. Connect the pink and red wire to each other coming from the connector. Then you connect the wires from the DGD unit to the wires from the throttle side. If I recall right, it's the pink from the bike to the gray from the unit (both solid colored). Then the red with black stripe from the bike to the white with black stripe from the unit (color with stripe). You're all set.

I used 3M double side tape to place the unit behind my clutch side wedge and put a new badge over it completely. I did need to use additional wiring to reach the bucket.

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Thanks Adam -- PM sent. So you mounted the module behind the clutch side wedge? Why not just mount it inside the bucket?

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Just so you know, ground it to the battery. A solid ground to anywhere else did not work on my bike. Once I ran it to the battery, problem solved.

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Thanks Adam -- PM sent. So you mounted the module behind the clutch side wedge? Why not just mount it inside the bucket?
The plug for the ignition is already hooked up and the wires are a limited length. Didn't feel like re-wiring it and just spliced in regular wires for the leads.

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Getting ready to order one of these units for my XC. After 5 years of no keys to use I find myself constantly forgetting the key either in the bike or in my pocket. I am trying to decide whether or not to get the security system unit or just the pain jane keyless ignition


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Getting ready to order one of these units for my XC. After 5 years of no keys to use I find myself constantly forgetting the key either in the bike or in my pocket. I am trying to decide whether or not to get the security system unit or just the pain jane keyless ignition
I second that hey spike where you get the shamrock badge I really like it could be new badge to cover key hole

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I second that hey spike where you get the shamrock badge I really like it could be new badge to cover key hole
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Just wanted to check in and give a report on my DGD installation. I'm happy to report that it works great, but the install was a little bumpier than I expected. I'm not a pro mechanic, so the bumps are quite possibly self inflicted

First, a comment for the DGD folks -- I thought it was odd that the leads from the DGD unit weren't really long enough for either a headlight bucket installation, or cheese wedge side installation. In my opinion, you should either make the ignition cord a little longer (about 3-4" would probably do it), or make the control wires longer. I ended up taking ALStensby's advice and installed the unit behind my left side wedge, but I had to make an extension for the wires that went up to the bucket to hook to the control switch. I also took the advice to use the battery ground, which made sense because I was locating the unit behind the wedge. The ground connector wasn't quite long enough the way I routed it from the wedge over to the battery, so I also had to extend it. These two items are where most of my problems came in -- I didn't have any wire hanging around, so I had to run to the store a couple times to pick up wire, and then more butt-connectors for the extra splices.

When I first started into the project I wanted to do most of the install in the bucket -- all the connections are there and it leaves you with less dangling cables to worry about. But in the end, I couldn't determine the best ground location in the bucket, and even with careful routing of the ignition connector down beneath the tank, the cable was stretching to much when I turned the bars to the right.

Now the DGD unit sits happily inside the cage behind the left side wedge, with all of the extra cables zip-tied together into a small bundle. I still need to get some double-sided tape to secure the unit to the cage, but after that I don't expect to have any problems with it. (Fingers crossed!)

And BTW, it's totally bad-a$$ to be able to walk up to your bike and just flip the kill switch, start her up, and ride away.

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