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New ECH for the Bagger

Discussion in 'Ignition / Electronics / Batteries' started by SKOGDOG, Jan 30, 2018.

  1. SKOGDOG

    SKOGDOG One of the old ones.

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    This bike is the one I bought as a new bike..29 miles...a never titled 2010 BD Bagger. Got it a year ago in December, and it's now a bit over 13,000 miles. When I first got it, the fuel pump kinda growled a bit instead of purring, so I rebuilt it immediately with a kit from Wichita Big Dog. No issues at all except for noisy tappets, and after adjusting them 5 or 6 times, I have re-structured my feelings about tappet noise, and have come to accept it as part of the beast. Another membe's sound advice was to get a louder exhaust so you won't hear them. Maybe next year.
    The EHC began to misbehave in cooler weather. At about 45 degrees or lower, I'd turn the key, and nothing!! Zip...nada. But I remembered reading something about that online, so I got a hair dryer and extension cord, warmed it up for 45 seconds or so, and bang! it lights up and away we go. Chris from BDM and a couple of forum members insisted I was dancing pretty close to the flame and sooner or later would wind up high and dry someday in someplace like Rachel, NV, with a dead EHC and no replacement EHC, no tools, and wondrous expenses for towing, overnight express mailing, $100+/hr mechanics fees, and housing for a few days, etc.
    So I decided to replace it. After looking at all of the best options, (RIP, Axel's , and D O C's ), I decided to go with D O C's (Deadone's). In my opinion, it was the best option for my circumstances. I am confident all three are very good products with honest and conscientious support to back them up.
    This EHC will run my fuelie, and it also does not result in a slight glow of the low fuel light and the check engine light. And I know what Jeff will do for customer support.
    Anyone who thinks they can make a device that's foolproof to install and wants to give it a good test should call me...I'm their boy!! But this went very well.
    I noticed a member posted about his install of Deadone's EHC, and he said the he originally intended to post how-to videos, but after doing it, decided that was unnecessary. I second that. Dead's product is impressive in quality and detail....the fit and finish is very good. I have known and done business with Jeff for over seven years, and have found him to be honest, reliable, and absolutely stand-up. True story: I called him he time from the road (CO or NM), forgot it was 10:00 at night for him. Not only did he answer his phone, but helped me think through my mechanical 'crisis'. But he did ask me to wait until tomorrow for any more calls....haha.
    The EHC arrived with detailed schematics and instructions, and the wire bundles have alphabetic letters on them matching the schematic. He has to be OCD because the even the Individual wires are exactly colored to match the wires in the connectors on the bike. Probably the hardest thing for Blacktopper and me was prying the damn fuel tank off, and of course draining it...not fun with a fuelie. I also took the opportunity to put dielectric grease (light coat) on all connections, and shrink-wrap them to help keep water out. It was kind of tricky to put all the wires back where they came from, but I took some pictures, so that helped.
    The first pic is before, the second is after, and the third is a solo seat I found that fit the Bagger pretty well.
    Now ready to roll with no future electrical gremlins (I hope). Tomorrow Is work, but the day after will be 60 or so, and we'll be on the road all afternoon for a tryout. image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg
     
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  2. KnotSo

    KnotSo No Time or Patience for Drama or Disrespect.
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    My first thought was you were selling the bagger because of an issue, got kinda excited, however good to hear it all worked out...

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  3. BWG56

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    :old2:I didn't realize the Bagger had a square backbone, wiring harness prolly went up thru that easy. I have also installed the ESC from Jeff and have been running trouble free for 3-4 years now. The harness is 1st class the way its labeled and put together when you get it outta the box.
    I to like you had the cold start problem but it only happened twice in a year period and always as I tried to unload it from the trailer coming home from Daytona, weird as hell but 2 hrs later in my garage it started up. Like you I knew it was only a matter of time and replaced it and I've been worry/trouble free for years.
    Nice write up on the unit and Jeff's customer service is impeccable.
     
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    Nice write up and pics. You could have left out the part about 60 degrees and test ride though. Snowed here last night. Stay safe guys.
     
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    Update--since Allah decided to give us a 60 degree day today, Blacktopper and I took off and rode about 100 miles on a lunch jaunt to a pretty good Mexican restaurant we know....
    Also a good field trial for the Bagger to see if the new EHC is going to behave itself.
    All good....the Bagger ran like a top, the ride was fine, and the food was good, too.
    Life is good.
     
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    Oh Rick that's an interesting down tube on the baggers its square not round.

    Glad it went together spot on. Interesting you said the colors matched on his kit because the ESC I bought last year for my 04 Rigid the colors didn't all match for the hand controls. Wasn't a huge deal though.

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