Hi, Peter starting in 1996 Harley made available an optional security system with a Button Key Fob that had to be depressed to arm and disarm the system. In 2007 the smart security system was introduced in European countries with a buttonless proximity sensor Fob that only works within a 10-foot radius depending on battery strength and sensor receiver location. In 2012 Smart Security Systems became standard equipment on some models. In 2015 it was standard on all models. The following is a list of security system FOB failure:
1. The FOB battery is weak or dead.
2. A new battery was installed upside down.
3. The FOB is no longer recognized by the security system and needs to be reprogrammed by the dealer.
PROXIMITY SENSOR FOB'S
1. Fob is more than 10 feet away from the bike.
2. The FOB battery is weak or dead.
3. A new FOB battery was installed upside down.
3. The security receiver antenna is broken.
4. The FOB is no longer recognized by the security system and needs to be reprogrammed by the dealer.
There is an option to override the security system by inserting a pre-programmed pin number. This is a 5 digit number that comes from the factory as 1-2-3-4-5. If you read your owners manual it "HIGHLY" recommends that you change this number to a personal one. You can do this yourself but it is complicated and tricky sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. I have a 2003 FLHTCUI that the procedure did not work and had to go to my local dealership to have the system reprogramed to my own personal number. They wanted $50 for this 2-minute service but after explaining that I was a 40 year retired Harley wrench and waving a $20 bill to the service writer got me through. Money talks but not all the time.
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