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Old 11-06-2010, 10:26 AM   #31
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The wrinkle paint on the speedo case is absolutely 73 only. I think you're also right about the side cases. I believe it showed up again in 1977. 1973 was a year of a few firsts and lasts and onlys.
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Old 11-06-2010, 10:48 AM   #32
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Take lots of pics.
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Old 11-06-2010, 06:39 PM   #33
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For mufflers, for the original look but a little louder, but not too loud, I'd go with the Paughco or Cycle Shack tapered mufflers...the goose cut are VERY traditional, but I think yours would look great with the tapered ones...You'll have to cut yer drag pipes off about ten inches, more or less, but you're losing horsepower using them anyway...

Regarding wrinkle paint versus keeping yours totally stock, do what suits you best without worrying about what was stock for that year! Your bike doesn't have a ton of collector value, but it's valuable to you, so make yourself happy with it...I like your idea of going back to spoke wheels but if you decided to keep the mags cuz you liked 'em better, cool!
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Old 11-07-2010, 02:28 PM   #34
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Honestly, your bike belongs in the "Why do some bikes just look right" thread, IMO.

If you decide to sell the mags, I'm in!
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Old 11-07-2010, 03:08 PM   #35
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Honestly, your bike belongs in the "Why do some bikes just look right" thread, IMO.

If you decide to sell the mags, I'm in!
Wow, what a compliment! I guess that's part of the reason I would never want to sell it.

I think the mags will stay, whether on the bike, or on a shelf.

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Old 11-07-2010, 03:23 PM   #36
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THAT'S how a Sportster should look! (can't stand a fat-bob tank on a Sportster) Oh, and
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Old 05-15-2011, 03:40 PM   #37
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Old 05-15-2011, 07:12 PM   #38
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Ha! Perfect way of asking how it's going.... I'm guessing? Answer is "not so well". I've been sort of busy with my fabrication business and have since bought another project bike and inherited the task of some much needed maintenance on my son's 500 Ninja.

I did work on the front brakes (master cylinder) a bit but just need to get to the Harley shop to get a rebuild seal kit. For some reason I can't get motivated on the Sporty. I think once I start making some real progress on it I'll get the itch to ride it and keep going.

Odd, that I happened to see the new response today to the thread. I will post updates once I get going.

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Old 05-16-2011, 07:17 PM   #39
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Lake,

If your generator still needs work, call Allen Armature in Kansas City, KS. They are just north of I-70 at 18th. Street and Central and see if they are still big in the Harley generator rebuilding business. Possibly the person who was really good at it retired by now, but at one time they were widely regarded as the go to place for such things. I've not needed a generator or alternator rebuilt in some time and not up to date on such things.

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Old 05-17-2011, 06:54 AM   #40
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Clean the carb,fresh plugs and gas,fire it up. The sound will get ya goin'.
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Old 05-17-2011, 12:45 PM   #41
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I'm with anotherguy. Fire it up. Nothing sounds better than a raped ape Sporty..
My second street bike and first Harley was a 73 XLCH. Had a lot of good memories in the 10 years that I owned it. Regret selling it and wish I could get it back..

I slapped a S&S carb on it and that really helped eliminate the Sportster knee. I hope you get her going.
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Old 09-13-2011, 05:03 PM   #42
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Lake,

There is a 73 sporty rolling chassis on the kansas city craigslist for $450 worth an email if you need any parts.
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Old 09-13-2011, 06:26 PM   #43
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Old 09-17-2011, 09:30 AM   #44
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Still distracted from the Sportster. Maybe this Winter???

FWIW....I did call the local HD dealer about a few parts. They basically said it'll be aftermarket stuff (front MC seal kit, caliper seal kit, air filter element, etc.) so I'll probably just get things online, rather than bothering with going into the dealership. The dealership (Used to be Minor's H-D, Cape Girardeau, MO) changed hands a few years ago. If that hadn't happened I'd go in just to say "HI" to the old owner, Sonny, who sold me the bike. Now, I have no loyalty to the place.

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Old 09-18-2011, 06:09 AM   #45
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J+P Cycles is your friend...... Went into the local "Boutique" to get some oil for my Shovel and the sales lady wasn't sure she had oil for it!
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