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think it's the arguing that turns some people off....away.
No, your defiantly wrong there Hippy. Take that back or I'll smack ya !

(Just kiddin' - I don't deal in smack anymore)

What I do wish we had was a parts database. I have started on one a couple of times, but it's bigger than me.

With a database you could do a BOM of assemblies or complete bikes even. You could search and find where all 3045's are used. You could easily determine if a -58 part will fit your bike. (It doesn't. They changed the mount points in 62.)
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That's a huge undertaking for a database.
I've been hacking at it for what... 6 years now and I don't think I've scratched the surface.
One problem is the %^$# parts books that can't be trusted.

I've been trying to gather tables of parts that were used "from-to" but not all the parts for 1 year alone.

But you can always use the search button in Sportsterpedia. It works good.
Just type a word or part number in the search box.
If it's been posted yet, it'll show up.

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I've paid for my OEM ones, why wouldn't you have to do the same???

We're not in a communist state where what I thought I owned actually belongs to everyone...

A joke from the soviet era...

Russian soldier to Polish citizen: Give me your watch, then I can tell you what time it is...

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Yeah, this is why I asked about the "I paid for mine, now you'll pay for it too" mentality. I don't mind paying for stuff, but it seems like every other make has their parts and service manuals widely accessible. In a day and age where the dealership doesn't need to keep a dozen paper copies to sell, it just seems unnecessary to not have digital copies. I keep a laptop in the shop and view my manuals there, so I free up a lot of shelf space that would be filled with paper copies by keeping them digitally. And hell, I'm in a single car garage so space is at a premium. But if someone wants to make money off them then go ahead, that's capitalism baby.

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You can buy from any HD dealership. They are usually available on eBay or other internet sites. You do have to know the part number for the manual to buy one from any seller. Tell us the year of your XLCH and we can give you the part numbers for the Factory Service Manual and the Parts Catalog.

It is against XLForum policy to advertise sources for "free" or "pdf" versions of the manuals. They are copyrighted so it is illegal, regardless of whether these copyrights are enforced or not.
Makes all the sense in the world, thanks for letting me know Mick. Got to keep the forum going.

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Being a citizen of a former communist state (not a soldier, though, but been taught at school how to take apart and put back AK-47) https://www.harleykmodel.com/literat...ogs/index.html
Thanks RKN, I somehow missed this on the kmodel site. I was literally just using it for help ID my bike, too.

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Check www.ratbikeservice.com and download for free.
Another good link, thanks man.

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Just maybe, if we had a bit more info, such as the year of the bike or an engine/frame number we could help.

"I've got this XLCH that I'm trying to get started on"... doesn't quite cut it.
Sorry, I thought 1958 XLCH was hovering over there by my username on the post. I've fixed it now, thanks.

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Most of the time, the poster never give the result of the help given on the XLForum. At least the XLF is not like other forum were Newby should know the answer of their questions; ever saw the typical answer: it's in the posting, do your research before asking stupid questions.
Sorry but life got in the way of getting back in to say thanks to the folks who actually answered the question. I appreciate it guys.
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