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March 29, 1999 Contact: Tim Hurd
Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Screamin' Eagle Race Brace Supports

Number Involved:  1,831
Defect:  This recall involvesPart Numbers 66693-98 and 66680-98 are used on 1984-1999 FXR motorcycles (equipped with mid-vehicle rear brake controls) and 1991-1998 FXD motorcycles (equipped with mid-vehicle rear brake controls). Part Numbers 66686-98 and 66704-98 are used on 1984-1999 FXST motorcycles (with forward or custom brake controls). On motorcycles with Part Numbers 66693-98 and 66680-98, the rear brake pedal can come in contact with the brace supports, limiting the travel of the rear brake pedal. On motorcycles using Part Numbers 66686-98 and 66704-98, the instruction sheet for these supports lacks information regarding the proper routing of the rear brake reservoir hose, resulting in a pinched rear brake reservoir hose. This could lead to rear wheel lockup.

Remedy: Dealers will remove the race brace support on the FXR and FXD motorcycles. On FXST motorcycles, dealers will inspect the rear brake reservoir hose for proper routing and replace, if required. Owner notification is expected to begin during March 1999. Owners who are unable to receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Harley-Davidson at 1-414-342-4680.

[NHTSA Recall No. 99E004/Harley-Davidson Recall No. 096]

NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a recall notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.