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    Where do you take your Harley Davidson for service?

    So I heard that it is easy to locate a dealer online to help with matters service. In the event that there is no dealer near you, is it ok to take it to a place with a good mechanic? I normally prefer to use a dealer but in the absence of one, I would only use an experienced mech.

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    Thankfully, there is a Harley Davidson dealer near where I live so that is where I go to whenever I need any kind of service. I do not know what I would do if I lived in a place that had no dealership but maybe that is a bridge to cross when I reach it.

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    If I didn't go to the dealer I'd buy a service manual and do it myself. I do all the work on my metric. Steering bearings, front springs, valves. I'll eventually do the same with the Harley.


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    I go to the dealer for warrenty things for sure. However it is 40 minutes away so I sometimes take it to a local shop that is a Harley specific shop. All the Techs are licensed Harley mechanics and the shop rate is better.. If you go in to your local shop and talk to them you'll find out pretty quick if it's somewhere you want to get work done.

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    Wanted a 5k check and adjust the clutch on my FLTHTK limited, as it wants to go forward at startup. When I picked it up at the local dealer, I paid for a ď5pt pre-trip checkĒ and a clutch that still engages the gear. Disgusting. Donít listen to the customer, do a shytee job and charge an arm and a leg. Last time Iíll walk in there. Havenít returned my call yet. Bought a service guise and will do it myself or find a reputable Indy.


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    I've been using the dealer since I bought mine because of my ESP, and covered repairs are only supposed to cost $50. However after getting screwed over twice, and my telling them exactly what the problem was both times, I will probably not be taking it to them again. The first time was a faulty coil. But they ended up putting a stage one intake, remapping my ecu, cleaning my injectors, and replacing the fuel valve before even figuring out it was the coil. That cost me over $500. Last time, I told them that the voltage regulator was acting up internmently. The check engine and battery light would come on. It's actually been doing it for months. First thing I did was made sure all my cables were tight. Then I checked the voltage and it would be fine at the moment. After a few miles down the road it would randomly come on again. One night while riding down the road at night, it came on and wouldn't go off and my dash lights went completly out Just to eliminate the battery, I pulled into the closest parts store which was AutoZone. I rode it about 50 miles one day and no warning lights, so for a minute, I thought the problem may have been fixed. But then the warning lights came back on and I took it to the Harley dealership and they told my newly bought battery was bad because the battery date showed to be 6 months old, even though it tested good, and hinted around that it was because I didn't have a Harley battery..(The one I bought had the same cca, same terminals as a Harley battery). They charged me $125, told me they would charge me more to diagnose it further, and told me that I would have to wait until it went out completely where I would most likely be stranded on the highway. I was not happy. The first time I have ever actually cussed at the service guy. I checked it in the parking lot and the battery load tested ok and started it and showed 13.6 volts to the battery. Same voltage at idle as when I would rev it which didn't seem quite right to me but okay. So I rode it back home and took that battery back to AutoZone and got one with a date less than a month old. A couple trips later the check engine and battery light came back on so I called them again and set up another appointment to have it repaired. And again they hinted it was because I didn't have a Harley battery. Before I took it up there to them, I took it to a friend's garage, and the warning lights stayed on the entire time. So I went ahead and diagnosed it myself The stator wiring and output was what it should be but nothing coming out of the regulater. I had them come pick it up since I didn't want to ruin another new battery. This time they said the voltage regulator was bad which was what I told them from the start. So it's been sitting in the shop for going three weeks waiting on a new regulator. Where do you take your Harley Davidson for service?

    So, with my ESP I can start takng it to an authorized shop for repairs and will cost me $100 instead of $50 to the dealership. Pretty sure that's what I will do from now on.

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