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The first few years of EFI had issues with the fusebox getting corroded because they put it in a spot that's prone to getting wet. They also had the ECU under the seat which limits what aftermarket options are available. I think they changed both these things in 2009 or 2010.
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You can have a look thru the various sections of the Sportsterpedia to see what issues may be mentioned - and some aftermarket products represent issues that may arise:
http://sportsterpedia.com/doku.php/t...cal_categories

The rubber mounts themselves will need to be monitored and replaced when they sag. Battery cables seem to be a constant issue on Sportsters - some have used tyraps around the mounting bolt to prevent it from loosening.

Most Sportsters from the factory have several areas that are attended to early - Seats, Suspension, Air Cleaner & Exhaust. The first two for comfort reasons & the last two for performance reasons.

I hope your son enjoys the new ride - Any time in the wind is better than doing something else...

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You can have a look thru the various sections of the Sportsterpedia to see what issues may be mentioned - and some aftermarket products represent issues that may arise:
http://sportsterpedia.com/doku.php/t...cal_categories

The rubber mounts themselves will need to be monitored and replaced when they sag. Battery cables seem to be a constant issue on Sportsters - some have used tyraps around the mounting bolt to prevent it from loosening.

Most Sportsters from the factory have several areas that are attended to early - Seats, Suspension, Air Cleaner & Exhaust. The first two for comfort reasons & the last two for performance reasons.

I hope your son enjoys the new ride - Any time in the wind is better than doing something else...
Indeed the forum already proves an amazing asset! It's quite a change after his Yamaha. As I told my son: "you've got to earn the right to ride this one"
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My 2010 883 has about 72000 miles on it. The dealer services it. The only major failures have been the rubber mounts, once at maybe 55000 (I forget really) & coming up for new ones again.
The steering head bearings can be felt when the bike's on the stand but not otherwise & no handling effects.
Just a few small things, essentially consumables.
And once in a while the speedo takes it into its head to stop working. Documented on this forum & fixed by stopping & restarting.
Overall I'm very happy with it mechanically.
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My 2010 883 has about 72000 miles on it. The dealer services it. The only major failures have been the rubber mounts, once at maybe 55000 (I forget really) & coming up for new ones again.
The steering head bearings can be felt when the bike's on the stand but not otherwise & no handling effects.
Just a few small things, essentially consumables.
And once in a while the speedo takes it into its head to stop working. Documented on this forum & fixed by stopping & restarting.
Overall I'm very happy with it mechanically.
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The first few years of EFI had issues with the fusebox getting corroded because they put it in a spot that's prone to getting wet. They also had the ECU under the seat which limits what aftermarket options are available. I think they changed both these things in 2009 or 2010.
Thanks, indeed I crossed the mentions of these early series annoyances
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I have an 07 I bought used 3 years ago.
negative battery terminal, I made one and rerouted it.
one time time in first month the bike would not start when I pushed the button. next day ordered and installed a Terry components fail-safe starter switch(their are cheaper versions if that's your thing). I have used it 2 times so far, its a lot easer then a push start.
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I have an '08 883 with 110k miles. As others have said, the clutch plate. Mine blew up at around 35k miles. Have heard of the oil gear, battery terminals/cables, and rubber mounts being a problem, but haven't had those myself, yet. By '08 the fuse box issue was fixed, and I don't think that they moved it between my year and your son's '11.
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I have an '08 883 with 110k miles. As others have said, the clutch plate. Mine blew up at around 35k miles. Have heard of the oil gear, battery terminals/cables, and rubber mounts being a problem, but haven't had those myself, yet. By '08 the fuse box issue was fixed, and I don't think that they moved it between my year and your son's '11.
Thanks for the input @xElvis it seems those are the usual suspects, hence points of attention for the current Sportster.

I peeked at the electricals of my son's 2011 Nightster and was surprised to see that most wires and modules are (still) "wet", meaning they are exposed to get wet. And they don't appear to be particularly waterproofed either. That surprises me.

Can you wash a current Sportster with high-pressure cleaners or ride under intensive rain without trouble? (not that I would do the latter but life is life...)
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07 and 08 are the same fuse housing problems. Maybe even 09?
The problem is that water could collect in the funnel/tube type harness used to hold the wiring and then directed down onto the fuses area .
07-09 models have the ecm on the top of the back fender, under the seat. So be aware of seats you may want to change too.
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