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Well, i am glad that i asked here before buying. I might have bought this one. Note the back side - no support webbing!

http://cgi.ebay.ca/HARLEY-DAVIDSON-K...item4a9e3ae87b
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Looks like Taiwan Trash.
Even my early 77 cover had some ribbing, not as much as your later cover with the extra bolt hole for the support braket, but some.
This POS has none! And it does not have the bolt hole for the support bracket.
A disaster waiting to happen on some poor sucker's bike.
Then it will be the "effin' Ironheads" fault.
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I just got the 77-78 support bracket (new) for my 77 cases along with both the sprocket cover and a used inner sprocket cover from sporty parts in california. Haven't fit it yet as I am waiting for the last of the engine work to be done.... we'll see how it fits up but I am not holding my breath that it will go in with no modification. Seems like he had the support bracket in stock... had to call around to find the inner sprocket for me.
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I just got the 77-78 support bracket (new) for my 77 cases along with both the sprocket cover and a used inner sprocket cover from sporty parts in california. Haven't fit it yet as I am waiting for the last of the engine work to be done.... we'll see how it fits up but I am not holding my breath that it will go in with no modification. Seems like he had the support bracket in stock... had to call around to find the inner sprocket for me.
Funny thing was is I saw an inner cover for 77-78 - actually 2 of them - on ebay a few weeks ago and Bought it Now. Got an email a few hours that dude couldn't find it... wtf?
Only thing I had to do to my support bracket was grind a notch into it to clear the larger than stock sprocket (23 tooth). Other than that it fit right on, no problems.
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One thing to be aware of when using a 23 tooth sprocket (in addition to having to grind a notch in the support) is that you need to install the support and sprocket at the same time or else you can't fit the sprocket onto the output shaft. At least, I had to do this on my '78 when I ran the 23. Sprocket is too large in diameter to clear the flange on the support and you can't cock it because of the splined shaft it has to fit on.

So, save yourself the hassle of having to remove those hard-to-reach nuts behind the oil hose after putting the support in place just so you can refit it along with the sprocket!

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ps. A 22 tooth sprocket will slide on after installing the support but just barely. You have to turn it just right so the teeth will clear the outer support flange.
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OK. I'm still pulling this project together for the kicker conversion. anyone know if this spacer 34848-77 will fit the cover for a 1979? Looks like the hole near the kicker shaft bushing is located in a different spot on the sprociet cover? TIA
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The hole in the 78 cover is 1,1/4" due north, center to center, of the shaft hole ...



The similar hole in the 79 cover is 1,1/2" slightly north-east ...



You would have to drill a new hole which would be very close to the support rib ...



My guess is that it is workable.

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Thanks Mick, for the speedy reply. So the spacer was only for the 77 and 78 MY . Maybe the 79 cover was sturdier and the spacer was not necessary?

I was curious as to what the hole is for (1 1/2 inches northe east) ?
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I have not had a '79 so i do not know the details. I expect the NE hole is for one of the mounting bolts, and that the spacer is not necessary on that year.
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I have not had a '79 so i do not know the details. I expect the NE hole is for one of the mounting bolts, and that the spacer is not necessary on that year.
Well I aim to find out next week when I work on the bike again( it's a one day a week project as the bike is stored across town).

I was lucky to finally score a NOS cover on FleaBay, and the puzzler is this....It's a KICK ONLY cover for a 1979 !!?! ( I had assumed all 79's had e-start).

Well I'm guessing it's for a 79. The listing did not specify what sportster it fits and I was the only bidder. The item no. is 180619933056 if anyone wants to check it out.

Another curiosity is the the number stamped on the back is 34879-79A but someone tried to disquise the last few numbers and rewrote another number on the back #34872-79. I don't know why, nor do I know what this last number writen in ink represents. If I had a parts listing I could look it up
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