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The major difference is the shovelhead has a separate transmission and an ironhead is a engine/transmission unit. Shovelhead has aluminum heads and iron heads have iron.
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guess i will throw this out as it is a major diff:

the bt is considered a real motorcycle
the xl a girly machine
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Oh Mr. bustert, you never tire.

However: I have to admit, my shovel is faster than my sporty.
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Haha! Yeah, HD owners are getting started EARLY!! LOL, That's my son he is 12 now 😁 I was comparing the engine by site to that link that was provided to me in regards to Sportster history and Big V twin engines, and also my friends shovel he's. I guess from what he told me is, the engine and transmission casing is divorced on a shovelhead, as opposed to the sportsters the engine casing and transmission is all one unit. However he said you could put Big V headers on a Sportster. I'll include a close up of my engine, my friend shovelhead engine and the engine online that's listed a a shovelhead. So because of the similarities in the 84 Ironhead engine and shovel head engine (despite the connected trans and engine case) is a Ironhead basically a shovel? Lol [IMG][/IMG] [IMG][/IMG][IMG][/IMG][IMG][/IMG][IMG][/IMG]
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I don't know what I was thinking, it was late last night, it does have an electric start! Lol my bad!
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I am sorry if I have nudged some members towards the title of Wing- Ding,I had no idea and surely would not lightly apply that title to anyone ,because there probably many ways in which,to first appearance,some may appear to be a wing- ding,but on closer inspection may appear to be respectable ,knowledgable ironhead owners,my apologies to those who slipped under the shadow of my words!
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