1965 factory wiring routes

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rusty_apache
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1965 factory wiring routes

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Post by rusty_apache » Sat Nov 29, 2008 4:32 pm

Hey guys, you have a very nice site here. I already found some information here about the routes of the the generator wires. The pictures were helpful. I routed mine in the same way but then, there is about 18" too much length between the soldered eyes. If I run it up, and under the tanks, and behind the seat post, it works out about right. I'm debating on whether I should shorten the arm./field wires to run the proper route, or take the long way. I just hate to start cutting up a new harness.

Also, This bike had a homemade harness that used crimp connectors rather than terminals, so I don't know the routes. The rear terminal is giving me a little trouble as far as which conduits come out the top, and which ones come out the bottom. The shop manual shows a few, but not all.

Any helpful advice would be appreciated.
-kevin



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Re: '65 factory wiring routes

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Post by 74bob » Sun Nov 30, 2008 12:00 am

Hi Kevin,
'65 FLH generator to regulator wires run behind the pushrod tubes.
The length of a genuine original generator to regulator wire harness for a 1965 is 32" end to end.

Bob

rusty_apache
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Re: '65 factory wiring routes

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Post by rusty_apache » Sun Nov 30, 2008 4:37 pm

Thanks for the info Bob,
I didn't measure mine, but 32" seems about right. What I don't get, is where all the excess wire goes. I'm going to pull it, and double check it's length.

Is there a resource for these measurements, or wiring routes? I don't mind ordering books to get it right. It would be nice to be able to verify my harness is made correctly. Also, the gen light wire leading to the dash seems awfully long, but I hate to cut it, and then find out that maybe I took the wrong route. It also seems that my solenoid/starter wiring is undersized, but maybe it got oversized cables back in the 1970's.

I'm not building a concourse showbike here, this old bike is more of a family heirloom that is just getting some maintenance. I bought it from my dad in 2000, and he's had it since the '80s. The reason I'm trying to be meticulous, is because I don't want to end up with pinched wires, and short circuits, that can leave me on the side of the road.

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