Coil and Horn Relocation

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by Shifter, May 18, 2011.

  1. Shifter

    Shifter Active Member

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    Thought I would relocate my horn and coil. Helped clean up the left side of the bike and help with the engine cooling behind the engine. I relocated the horn to the rear tire splashguard area and then put the coil in place behind the cowbell horncover. I still have a little more to do. Also, there are a couple more pictures in my album, if interested.

    1st Picture - bike as bought
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    2nd Picture - Bike with horn and coil relocated
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    3rd Picture - Area behind rear jug opened up with coil/bracket/seat post removed
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    4th Picture - Bike after modification
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  2. ckhismine

    ckhismine Active Member

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    I have seen it done this way and it does clean things up a bit. Nice job
     
  3. SixPak

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    Looks good. How did you mount the coil to the cowbell? did it just bolt right up? And that's a sweet paint job.
     
  4. R_W_B

    R_W_B Senior Member

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    I like the coil location (as long as you don't want a Lenale fan).

    Did I miss it or did you not post the horn ?
     
  5. Shifter

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    The coil is mounted to riveted brackets inside the cowbell, with a piece across the bottom of the coil bolted to the brackets. Not the prettiest, but a solid mount inside the cowbell, and not noticeable once mounted on the bike. I also had to extend the coil wiring to make the switch over to the new location.

    The horn is pretty much out of sight and was the easiest swapover. It's more or less under the battery box area mounted on the foward face of the rear tire fender splash guard. There's really no way to get a picture of it now and no wiring extending/splicing was necessary.
     

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  6. Dswartz

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    Good job on the relocation. On a side note I really like your paint job. It looks really sharp.
     
  7. Shifter

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    Thanks SixPak and Dswartz for the comp's on the paint kob. It's one of Harley's numbered paint jobs. I guess the previous owner had the fenders and tank swapped out at one time. Bike originally came in the black set-up.
     
  8. Hoople

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    Nice looking idea. I am not trying to tell you what to do, but you may want to install a pigtail jumper wire from the frame of the coil to the frame of the bike if your still using the rubber cowbell isolator. Depending on the coil you have, the cowbell rubber isolator can make the coil appear it's floating in air without a proper ground return.

    It is really needed if your ignition system is single fire. The jumper is not really needed if your dual fire because the "other spark plug" provides the ground path for the secondary winding of the coil.

    Either way, I would install one. It can Not hurt having one installed. Just like the horn had it's own ground wire when isolated, so does the coil.
     
  9. Shifter

    Shifter Active Member

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    Probably a good idea! Thanks for your input....