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Also see this post about warranty problems...

Warrantee Denied/What To Do - Harley Davidson Community

If a dealer refuses a warranty claim because he claims that you have made modifications to your bike and that system is not where the problem lies, you should print this out and take him or her a copy. Only those systems that are directly affected by your modifications are affected.

This is a 1975 United States Federal Law which deals with consumer warranty coverage. It defines responsibilities for both the buyer and the seller of all consumer goods costing more than $25. A portion of this law applies to after market parts and modifications and how it affects your vehicle warranty.

For our purposes the law basically states that you have a right to use after market, non-OEM parts on your vehicle and still retain the factory warranty. However, if there is a failure and the manufacturer can show that the failure was caused by the aftermarket part, they can deny coverage.

The important thing is that your dealer cannot VOID your entire warranty just because the part is on the vehicle. There have been cases where a dealer would tell a customer that their new vehicle had no warranty because it had an after market exhaust or other part. Granted, the exhaust or other part is not covered, however the rest of the vehicle is still under the normal warranty.

Under Magnusson-Moss Act a dealer must prove, not just vocalize, that after market equipment caused the need for repairs before they can deny warranty coverage. If they cannot prove such claim-or offer an explanation- it is your legal right to demand compliance with the warranty. The Federal Trade Commission (202.326.3128) administers the Magnusson-Moss Act and monitors compliance with warranty law.

In large cities, there are always other dealers you can do business with. It's a good idea to find out about the most cooperative performance-oriented dealer available to you by checking with clubs, local groups, etc.

If you live in smaller communities, make sure that an uncooperative dealer knows that they are giving you plenty of reason to take you business elsewhere.

If you should have to do that, write the "manufacturer" to tell them that their dealer's activities have caused you to buy from another company!

The bottom line is to talk to your dealer and get their feeling about after market mods. Some dealers are more prone to be ok with it than others. Your option is to find a dealer that will work with you and not against you for their profit.

If all else fails, tell them to put it in writing about the warranty being void and that you want it to be specific as to the reason. Chances are they will rethink the situation because you have them in the corner for the most part. A warranty can not be voided completely because of only one part. Only that part and any resulting damage from that part if any can be said to not be covered.

If a bike is "DOWN" or "out of service" because of a defective part, special ordering and delivery of parts being needed can be expedited by the dealer from the MOCO to get the bike back in service if they so choose. It's just that a lot of them are lazy and will just let the customer wait until they order the part and it's delivered normally.

Here's a few links that will explain it in further detail

A Businessperson's Guide to Federal Warranty Law

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I went into my local dealer today to ask a question of the service department. I just wanted to know when the front fork oil should be changed. When I asked the service manager if it needed to be done on break-in, she said no. She then asked what bike I had and if I wanted to bring it in for the break-in service. I told her "No thank you, I will do my own break-in service. I told her that I had printed out the 1,000 mile service requirements from the HD website and that I would be doing everything on the list." She told me then that if something goes wrong with the bike that would be checked at the break-in service and they don't do the break-in then the warranty will not cover it even if I performed the service and logged it. Why do dealers try this, when it is obviously not true? It is really aggrevating to think that if I need warranty work done now, I am going to have to fight with them about it.
It's all about profits and the bottom line. They have overhead and salaries to pay and if they intimidate you into bringing the bike in then they make the money and you spend it. Tell her to put that in writing and see if she does. They can only fault you if it is a part that was overlooked in the servicing of the bike that went wrong and not the entire warranty.

Don't ya just love the scare tactics. I would find another reputable dealer that talks the truth.
I called HD customer service. I talked to a nice guy, can't remember his name, told him the situation. He said as long as a record everything that I do and keep receipts for everything, I will not have any problems with warranty repairs. I already knew this from reading on this forum, but it still made me feel better to have HD customer service tell me the same thing.
Sent to me by "R Lewis" as posted in the local jiffy lube.