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"Baggers", September 1, 2012

DASHING MUSICAL

Hell’s Foundry Dashlink Install

WORDS: Jeff G. Holt

PHOTO: Jeff G. Holt

In the ever-evolving scheme of musical upgrades on baggers, there has become a need for real iPod and iPhone integration to the stock head unit. This mating of machines has come a long way from Velcroing your MP3 player to your fairing, but many of the current device-mounting choices don’t look as clean as they should.

The folks at Hell’s Foundry also must have hated having their iProducts hanging from their handlebars or sticking out of their fairing, so they came up with the super-slick Dashlink. This $399 replacement dash has a powered docking station neatly nestled in the middle of the unit so iPod Touch or iPhones can simply be slid into place without making a bike look like some sort of teenager’s school locker full of doo-dads.

The Dashlink also has a hidden 3.5mm audio jack that runs under the dash up to the H-D head unit with an über-clean look. So it is a direct plug-and-play situation without the need of any FM modulators or other nonsense.

The Dashlink installs in less time than it takes to watch an episode of Eastbound & Down and it is a simple bolt-on with affair that can be done with common handtools.

After seeing the Dashlink at the V-twin Expo in Cincinnati earlier this year, we just knew we had to have a black one for our 2012 Road Glide Custom to add a bit more darkness and way more tuneage. Follow along and we’ll show you all how we did it.

01 The Dashlink is a very stylish-looking dash that makes having the music you love with you on your rides a simple and good-looking affair.

02 A side shot of the Dashlink shows the rear power wiring, which hooks to the battery and the front 3.5mm audio jack that plugs into the front of the H-D factory head unit.

03 Here’s a shot of the stock dash on the Road Glide that harbors a lot of chrome and not much else.

04 We started the deconstruction of the dash by removing the rear mount with a 7/16-inch wrench.

05 Up front the dash was held into place with a single Allen bolt, which we removed.

06 The stock H-D gas cap also had to come off so we could remove the OEM dash.

07 The big chrome dash was then yanked off the tank and put onto eBay never to be seen again.

08 A shot under the Dashlink shows the smart electronics with an off/on circuit that detects when the device is present.

09 The OEM rear mount hardware was to be reused on the Dashlink, so we bolted it into place.

10 We then slid the Dashlink onto the gas tank over the filler bung using the supplied rubber grommet to keep vibration to a minimum.

11 After it was deemed that the wires and hoses were not being pinched by the new dash, all of the fasteners were tightened down to factory specs.

12 The Dashlink’s power wires were connected to both the positive and negative sides of the battery.

13 The Dashlik’s 3.5mm audio jack wire was threaded from the front edge of the gas tank to the underside of the fairing where we plugged it into the audio jack on the front of the H-D head unit.

14 After we reinstalled the seat and added a better looking aftermarket gas cap from H-D, we turned on the bike’s power, plugged in our iPhone, and jammed some AC/DC though our newly installed slick-as-snot docking station dash.

15 We found out that once we were used to riding with the iPhone on the dash that the player was very much in our field of vision. It also was in the perfect position for easy access to all controls. This is one ingenious product and one you shouldn’t live without if you want to roll around on a two-wheeled jukebox.

SOURCE

HARLEY-DAVIDSON

harley-davidson.com

HELL’S FOUNDRY

hellsfoundry.com

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