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Looks like they only go back to 1991.

Edit: 1986, actually.
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My test VIN got nothing (tried that last night). and if it had would not get other manuals from different machines for reference.
Walking the directory nets many parts catalogs.

I avoid dealers but next time I get the chance I'll visit the parts counter and ask about earlier models. One or two number strings should get close enough if earlier manuals are in the same parent directory.
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My test VIN got nothing … and if it had would not get other manuals from different machines for reference.
Just putting 'Sportster' in the search box returns every Sportster document.

Click on 'Parts Catalogs' on the left to get the 58 parts manuals available. The earliest is the '1986- 1990 XLH Models Parts Catalog'.
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One or two number strings should get close enough if earlier manuals are in the same parent directory.
Here is a list of Harley manual part numbers:

https://shop.newcastlehd.com/sites/d...literature.pdf

Or this:
CUSTOMER SERVICE LITERATURE LIST - 2018-08-21

https://serviceinfo.harley-davidson....44654523492383


1966-1984 NON-CURRENT SHOVELHEAD ENGINE PARTS CATALOG
https://serviceinfo.harley-davidson....ght%3D99427-84
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Just putting 'Sportster' in the search box returns every Sportster document.
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Now to expand my library (and add more parts catalogs as .pdfs on my phone for use at swap meets).
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