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I had mine replaced last week. More wear than some, not as much as others. The dealer tried to get the lines covered under extended warraty. They won't cover "hoses". Since I had them also replace the rear valve cover gasket (was covered under warranty), the dealer did not charge me anything for labor and replaced my rear crankcase ventilator hose. Out the door for under $100. I am looking to add some more protection. Do we have a concenus on the best way to cover the fuel lines to prevent this wear again??
 

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I checked mine and it was rubbing but hadn' rubbed through...yet! We put a piece of tubing around the line and then zip clipped the line away from the bolt.
I think I will call it in to technical services.
 

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Bruce said:
Do we have a concenus on the best way to cover the fuel lines to prevent this wear again??
The fact that it only affects some bikes, and specifically seems to be limited to 2002 and early 2003 models, indicates to me that it may be related to either the routing or the length of the fuel lines. Bikes where the right fuel line rubs up against the side of the socket-head cap screw by the coil seem to be prone to the problem. If the fuel line is routed so it lays on top of the screw, it does not seem to occur. If you dealer installed a new fuel line, check to see how it lays - I'll bet it is slightly different than it was before.
 

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for the sake our own "in forum" knowledge base.....My '03 was produced 05/03 and now has 7k miles...no sign of wear (thankfully) all pieces in that area seem very secure. No self mods made in that area of the bike either. ie,. air box, etc still intact.
 

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The fact that it only affects some bikes, and specifically seems to be limited to 2002 and early 2003 models, indicates to me that it may be related to either the routing or the length of the fuel lines. Bikes where the right fuel line rubs up against the side of the socket-head cap screw by the coil seem to be prone to the problem. If the fuel line is routed so it lays on top of the screw, it does not seem to occur. If you dealer installed a new fuel line, check to see how it lays - I'll bet it is slightly different than it was before.

Mine's a 2002 july born vrod It has rubbed partly through the hose :(((
What about the guys who have vrods that are NOT in this forum do they have to wait till there is a FIRE ? This has to be a re call ! dam i seen reacalls for taillights this is a Saftey Issuie For SURE !!!!!!!
 

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Well took my bike to the dealer and this was an item I had them look at. I never checked it myself. When I went to pick up my bike and they told me it looked Ok??. Well with all these rodders with this problem and Ski making sure everyone checks it, I checked it myself right at the dealer. I noticed that one of my lines is worn through the mesh. I showed it to the service manager and he said yeah, it looks fine and that their was no problem. I wasn't too happy with his answer and he said for me to just watch it. I told him about using a cut spark plug wire (Thanks Max) and he said to just wrap it with electrical tape?? No thanks, I want to do it right.
Ski, you asked me to check mine and yes mine are worn through the mash.
Thanks for the info:D
 

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Jason,

It sounds like the Service Manager needs and atitude adjustment (or a swift kick in the ass). First they put weights on the wheels where none were needed before and then they look at a wearing fuel line and say everything's fine.

You owe it to us to tell us what dealer is feeding you this crap so we can steer clear! (I'm pretty sure I know but I don't want to say without your confirmation)
 

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Lakeland HD. In Lakeland Florida. The service manager said that there was no place he could relocate the lines to and since he couldn't relocate it, to just watch it closely. Oh well, the info from the members is what makes this place the best!
 

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Lakeland HD. In Lakeland Florida. The service manager said that there was no place he could relocate the lines to and since he couldn't relocate it, to just watch it closely. Oh well, the info from the members is what makes this place the best!
He didn't cover them or anything?
 

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Get that kind of "info" in writing, then when something happens, your attorney will have something to stand on.
Greg
 

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I checked mine today and had a slight scuffing on the covering...
I protected the lines with the plastic loome
great heads up on this!!!!!
thanks for this info...............
 

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Thanks for the forum MAX if it wasnt for this forum we wouldnt know about this ! This is a great Forum !
 

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I checked mine, it looks fine. I put some tape over the connector only because one of the hoses looked very close to touching it. My bike was built 01/03.
Greg
 

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Thanks for the heads up...! I have an '03 born in July, '03, I think. But, even though I've not read of someone's bike from that vintage expereincing this problem, I'll indeed look this evening and post my results. It maybe of help to all of us - and the MoCo, too, if they'll listen - to narrow this problem down to some specific manufacture dates, s/n's and so on. My personal opinion is they need to be listening to the 'web hysteria' before something worse happens... :hitfan:

If MY bike catches fire due to this after it's been reported to the MoCo...you'll all be ridin' bikes from "Fred's Motorcycle Company" when my estate gets through with 'em... :biker:
 

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My personal opinion is they need to be listening to the 'web hysteria' before something worse happens...
You are absolutely correct in this.

Unfortunately there is a certain amount of "The little boy who cried Wolf" in this. Technical services gets hit with so many silly, frivolous complaints, that it does make it difficult for them to separate the serious issues from the ridiculous, and the widespread problems from the "one in a million" occurences.

IMHO the way this was initially reported by bikerdave should be a lesson in the right way to handle this sort of problem. Calm - but with sufficient detail that readers can examine their own bikes and decide for themselves if they need to take action on it or not. No excessive exclamation points or threats of instant death, etc.
 

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Mabe a Poll on who's Vrod have the hose drama would be a good idea ?
Mine has it and its a 02 july birth.
 

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Check my '03 Anniversary Edition...

I checked my '03 Anniversary Edition bike last night and found no chaffing or wear on the two lines depicted in the photographs. Both my fuel lines lay between the cam covers running front to back and down in the 'valley' between the cam covers, well below the hex head bolts. My bike has a July '03 manufacture date. Can't say for sure, but if there was a problem, just from looking at my bike it appears to have been fixed before 07/03.

Is there any chance someone at the assembly plant could have misrouted
the lines while mating the engine to the frame? Sorta like the ol' "Monday morning or Friday afternoon" quality control issues?
 

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I have checked and it's like other bro with 02 model: worn! I put an other line on it to prevent any damage.
Thanx a new time to Dave for this post and to Max for the forum
 
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