Alarm 101

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by katoomer, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. katoomer

    katoomer Member

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    Hi fellas,

    I have a 07' FLHX. Recently I couldn't unlock the ignition switch, had to break it with my key and pliers. Now I need to choose one of the following:
    1. Replace the ignition switch
    2. Install the HD Security System
    3. Install an aftermarket security system (eg. Digital Guard Dawg)
    If I choose either 2 or 3, I'm thinking I don't need 1 anymore since both 2 & 3 are capable of emulating 1, right?
    For 2, what should I be ordering, H-D® Smart Security System or H-D® Factory Security System?

    All advice are appreciated!

    Jacob
     
  2. katoomer

    katoomer Member

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    I had to start the bike and go home bro, the lock wouldn't turn.
    Do I really? I thought if I fix an alarm, I can go without the ignition lock since the electricals would all be disabled by the alarm.
    I thought the alarm would rid some of my headaches, not give me more. Can you elaborate?
     
  3. jaceddie

    jaceddie Junior Member

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    Did you find out why the switch wouldn't unlock? I've never heard of this happening, but it sure would ruin a good ride.
     
  4. billnapabill

    billnapabill Active Member

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    I have a friend that had a simular problem, seems the barrel lock malfuntioned he couldn't get his key to go into the lock. It appeared that the slot that has to line up to get the key in, wasn't lined up, somehow when he took his key out the slot got misalligned. I have heard that this is a common problem with the locks on the saddle bags and tour pack locks...........what's the fix??? File off the tab on the key, that's what he did anyhow.
     
  5. TXMikey

    TXMikey Junior Member

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    Interesting. I actually had my ignition lock stick on me yesterday evening. Fortunately, I just pushed on the handlebars to take some pressure off the lock and it released right away.
     
  6. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    Exactly the problem I had with orig. ign. switch on my Dyna. I switched it out with an aftermarket flat key switch.
    I noticed the barrel locks on my E.G. bags and t pack were getting stiff. I gave them a shot of WD40 and they are smooth again.
     
  7. katoomer

    katoomer Member

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    In my case, I could insert my key but couldn't turn to unlock.

    Afterwards, the local dealership guy said it might've been because one or more of the bead-like pins surrounding the keyhole was stuck so my key didn't reach the sufficient depth needed to unlock. Fortunately the saddlebag locks don't seem to have the same pins.

    I didn't care to ask about the fix then, I'd lost faith in it already. Thus my initial questions about alarms...
     
  8. billnapabill

    billnapabill Active Member

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    For my 2 cents............No, the alarm won't do what the ignition lock does.........it won't lock the steering in any way. If your considering using the alarm in place of the ignition lock ya better get an audible one cause all that'll happen with the Factory one is your lights'll flash while someone rolls your bike up onto a pickup. Check with your dealer, I believe the "Smart Siren" is an "add on modual" to the Factory System.
    Are ya gonna use a disk lock or something else?????
     
  9. katoomer

    katoomer Member

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    You're right. Alarms can't replace the steering/handlebar locking function, just the ignition disability part (+additional monitoring capabilities). Then again, the stock handlebar lock can easily be broken with a sharp turn of the handlebars.

    :lolrolling

    So, taking stock of all your valuable advise, this is what I've come up with so far:
    1. Install H-D® Smart Security System or H-D® Factory Security System with Siren
    2. Replace ignition/steering lock with aftermarket lock
    3. Use a disc lock

    Any thoughts?
     
  10. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Sounds like a plan, but do keep everything H-D® Factory stock, it really makes a difference if the keys all match, and those things that make the bike "stock are left as there were"...important to be properly replaced for resale value as well...