How to Hotwire a Harley?


Among the most basic motorcycle repairs is hotwiring your Harley. Identify the wires that connect to the ignition. Then, use either the pilled wire method or drill them out. This way, you’ll be able to protect your bike from anyone who would like to steal it. If you’re new to hotwiring, read on for some tips. Hopefully, this article will be helpful!

Identifying the wires that connect to the ignition

One of the first steps in identifying the wiring on a Harley motorcycle is to locate the ignition switch. This will most likely be located on the handlebars and will have a protective case over the wires. This may not always be the case, especially on older models, so you should always follow the path of the ignition switch to the major components of the engine. This way, you will be able to find the connector easily.

Another way to determine which wires are connected to the ignition of a Harley is to locate the ‘Ignition’ terminal. The “Ignition” terminal will have one or more wires that connect to the ignition coil, the voltage regulator, and the accessory circuit (such as the lights and horn). You can use a wiring schematic to identify the wires that connect to the ignition switch, but a good backup is the original wiring diagram.

Drilling out the ignition cable

If you’re planning on drilling out the ignition cable on your Harley, you should know that the process is fairly straightforward. First, unhinge the ignition switch mounting bolts. Next, unscrew the ignition lock cylinder connectors with a socket wrench. Next, insert a straightened paper clip into the ignition lock cylinder’s slot. This will stop the ignition from turning on, and then you can pull out the switch by sliding it out from the switch.

The bolts that secure the ignition module to the motorcycle are torque sensitive and are prone to breaking. To avoid this, you can either drill the head off the bolts or use an easy out to drill through the rivets. Once the bolts are out, you can secure the top cover and replace the ignition module. You’ll also need to replace the deutsch connector and reconnect the wires.

Using a pilled wire method

Using a pilled wire method is the most common way to hotwire a Harley. It is not more difficult than hotwiring the same-era car. Most people who want a bike drive up to it, throw it into their minivan and drive off, only to hotwire it later. There are some safety precautions you should take when hotwiring a bike, though.

You must first find the ignition wires on your motorcycle. A pre-OBD2 Harley will not start without the key fob. Once you have found these wires, plug in a speaker wire and insert it into the eye of the cap socket. Make sure that the speaker wire is pointing upwards. Then, pull out the other side of the speaker wire. The motorcycle should not start until you remove all the wires from the ignition.

After you have identified all the cables and wires, the next step is to hotwire the motor. Using the pilled wire method is very similar to hotwiring a car, except that it requires a bit more work. Hotwiring a motorcycle is best left to a professional who knows what he is doing. A good quality motorcycle lock will keep thieves out and protect you from getting stuck outside your motorcycle.

Protecting yourself from people who want to steal your motorcycle

One of the first steps you can take to protect your motorcycle is to store important documents in a home filing cabinet or in your wallet. Many people leave the title of their motorcycle in the bike’s storage compartment, making it easier for thieves to steal it and sell it. You should also store a copy of your insurance policy and registration paperwork on the motorcycle. This information is crucial in preventing theft and getting it back.

Another important security measure you can use to protect your bike from theft is to install a steering lock. This will discourage theft by making it difficult for the thieves to maneuver the bike. It is even better if you install a separate ignition lock, so that thieves will have to defeat both locks. It is also best to make sure the locking mechanism does not rest on the ground and is anchored to the frame, fork, and wheel.

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