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Cam Sensor replacement

Discussion in 'Help Wanted' started by Jspeeddemon, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. Steven_inventor

    Steven_inventor New Member

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    Ok boys I have a good one for y'all.... I was riding home from bike night and all of a sudden the bike lost all engine power. Pulled over and it wouldn't even crank, but I had power to lights. I popped the seat of checked all fuse's, fuses good. Then I look at my connections to the battery, here's the problem!! Luck has it the moons aligned and i see a broken positive and Negative wires, really at the same time! So I re- hook them up and she start to turn over. Then I smell plastic burning! So the first thing I do is rip the negative off the bike. I see smoke coming from the cam sensor plate so I take the plate off. WTH!!! My cam sensor melted! (Btw, I replaced my EHC with a wire-plus 4 months ago and never any issues) could the cam sensor have melted do to the wires coming lose??? Thanks for any help dog's
     
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  2. 2004BC

    2004BC FREEDOM!!!

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    Mine shorted internally and took out the sensor. Chances are it was already shorted out before you reattached your battery cables. I don't know the wire plus system but is there any circuit protection built in for the cam sensor? If not it's shorting to ground may have contributed to your battery cable issues.

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  4. 2004BC

    2004BC FREEDOM!!!

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    Wish they were somebody else's. Pushed the bike home 2 miles when it fried. HEAVY ass bike!!! :lol:
     
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    Yep, I haven't had to push mine home and will not. I will call Progressive to tow it home or better yet, I'll get my trailer and load it on my Drop Tail and that way I can make sure it isn't damaged.

    Maybe I should look at my cam-sensor one day!
     
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  6. Steven_inventor

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    @ 2004Bd, that's what mine looks like... I thought it was the ground! Cuz when I lost power to the motor the positive must have snapped off. Then when I looked under the seat I noticed that ground wire broke off. In didn't start smoking until I tried firing the bitch up! Well, thank god I have a spare cam sensor! How the he'll did you clean all the crap from inside the case? Big Thanks for the help!!!! Btw, dogs I hade to push that bitch up a hill to get it to my buddys house. I turned around a few times to make sure my nutz didn't roll down the hill! These dogs are heavy....
     
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  7. Steven_inventor

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    So what was the reason this happen on yours? And did you just replace the cam sensor, btw, what did you use to clean it?
     
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    I believe it got hot over time and the potting material wasn't of great quality. Eventually it allowed a hot wire to dead short and smoked the sensor and it's housing. Cleaned it up with laquer thinner. Disolved the crud pretty good. Smelled like a burned up transformer or ballast in flouresent lights. Replaced sensor and everything has been fine since.
    :cheers:
     
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    That was a good read.
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    Question is.. "where are they now?"... lol
     
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    couple guys are still active ..2004 and Nuke

    Moe is off racing cars and got out of bikes altogether.

    I don't know what happened to @DBbarnett - You new guys are missing out that guy helped me a lot with my electrical issues on my Ridgeback. I haven't seen him in a while we used to bounce random electrical BS off each other a long time ago.
     
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    Some not all..i dont know why it matters though? It was 7.5 years ago. Turnover will happen, attrition.

    If people were not selling their bikes you wouldn't have been able to get yours a year or two ago.



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    Nevertheless it is the same trend now as it was then.:oldlaugh:
     
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    Gotta agree with that..
     
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    HEY! I'm still here! Not dead yet! I wasn't as active because I had to sell my 2004 Ridgeback to pay for a new roof so I could sell my house in NY and move to FL. Pissed me off so I didn't want to be reminded about Big Dogs. I have other choppers and bikes but once I rode the BD I was spoiled. Now I have a 2005 Chopper (YEA shock absorbers!) and I'm active again. NEVER selling my BD again, ever!

    That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
     
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    Welcome back 2005BC :hi:
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    Hey and no more Cam Sensors.. Lol

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    Hahaha!!! I guess I have to figure out how to be 2005BC not 2004BC anymore!
     
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    True but this bike is so worked and a strange mid year model. It has both the crank pickup AND a traditional nose cone cam sensor. The bike is using a Crane set up in the nose cone. Other things are that it is a RT frame, S&S heads and Sachs built motor. Speaking of that, I took it out yesterday for it's second shake down run (jetting the carb). Slow rolled the throttle and short shiffted gears 1 - 4. I wacked 4 hit redline whacked 5 and the tire lit up and the bike started stepping out to the side. Scared the living bejesus out of me. Now I know. it is interesting if it doesn't kill me.
     
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    Well now that this thread has been revived, and I won't get yelled at for bringing back a 7 year old thread (hahaha). Does anyone know what's involved in replacing the cam sensor with the "Harley" one? The problem I'm having is that the new ones come with no connector. I'm having the hardest time trying to find a new jst connector. So I was able to remove my factory one today with a little help from my trusty pick, but all the ones I see online look to have much bigger terminals. Can anyone help me out or verify. I'd rather not splice if possible.

    Side note: contacted Curtis and he said he's having trouble getting new ones at the moment.
     

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