Originally Posted by scooterintexas
What is the typical cost to convert the engine from 883 to 1200? Parts and labor breakdown?
What about the SE stage 1?
Meh, don't waste your time on that one.
Looking at prices on used sportsters, it looks like you can get a low mileage 883 for $3K - $4K here in the DFW area. If I can upgrade to the 1200 at a reasonable price this may be the way to go.
Like this one: http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/mcy/3338127623.html
The 883 to 1200 is cheap, around $500 to $750 like was posted above. A lot of people have had good luck with the NHRS 1250 kit. Stock 883 heads can be used, you could have them re-worked, or you can go with thunderstorm heads. Up to you and your wallet.
When I bought my 883 a few months ago I was planning on a 1200 kit. I actually thought the bike was a 1200 until the test ride, I assumed 1200 and he thought I knew what it was. After riding the 883 I changed my mind. No climbing mountain passes at 12,000 feet with a passenger and camping gear, but otherwise I'm fine with it.