Article And Photos By: Matt Reel
Originally Published In The March 2019 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine
As some of you may recall, my Fleeing & Eluding Sportster was a theft recovery that was involved in a police pursuit in my town (hence the name). When I saved it from a dark corner of an impound yard, it was in rough shape. In an attempt to hide its true identity, it was covered entirely with black spray paint and was hacked up. One of those hacks meant that the speedometer was missing and the mount was broken off the riser clamp
During my changes, I added tall T-bars and a small fairing. Then I picked up a dual gauge setup from eBay for it. While it fit in the fairing nicely it positioned each of the gauges directly behind the bar risers. I went on the search for an alternative. Although I found several setups nothing really jumped out at me. I really liked how some of the sport bikes were set up with an analog tachometer and a small digital speedometer. Narrowing my internet search, I discovered that Harley Davidson offered just what I was looking for. Another internet search of the Harley Davidson part number located a dealership offering a reduced online price. Press enter and my part was on its way.
Included in the package is the gauge, programming harness, and instructions. The gauge comes completely unprogrammed, and the harness lets you do it at home without having to make a trip to your local dealership.
For my application, I also needed a new fuel gauge sender. A note popped up when I ordered my gauge with a list of bikes that would require this.
By plugging the programming harness into the back of the gauge and into the diagnostic port all information is transferred in a matter of seconds. You just need to follow the instructions.
After pulling the main fuse, remove the gas tank to access the gauge harness and disconnect.
Remove the existing gauge bracket from the bike and disassemble it by removing the two Allen screws. The gauge bucket, seals, and screws will be reused.
Disconnect the harness from the back of the original speedometer and reinstall the new one. The gauge can now be reinstalled in the bucket and mounted back in place.
Using a service manual and the supplied instructions remove the fuel pump from the tank and the sender from the pump.
The new fuel level sender can now be installed carefully following the supplied instructions. The original sender was simply an on/off switch that turned on the low fuel light. With the new setup you will have an actual fuel gauge and a miles till empty setting.
Now you can replace the pump seal with the new one, and reinstall the pump and gas tank.
With all your connections reestablished and the main fuse in place, you can set up the new gauge. Following the instructions, you can choose things such as fuel tank size, so the gauge can calculate the miles to empty and choose from a broad spectrum of display colors. Now you’re all set, go try it out.