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I just purchased a '73 XLCH that I plan on being my winter rebuild project. It has been sitting for a couple of years (it ran when parked! - as they all say). It looks good and definitely needs work. The obvious items include wiring connections, the handlebars are loose, no front brakes, etc. The bike does kick over nicely with what I think is decent compression. From what I have read here so far, I should pick up a Clymer's Sportster manual and also a factory service manual. I have found a couple 1970 to 1973 manuals which they are asking alot for and also some 1970 to 1978 manuals priced more reasonable. Were there alot of changes in the Sportsters from '74 to '78, so I should stick with the 1973 manual or would the 1978 work for my needs? And should I also look for a owner's manual? Thanks....
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My service manual is from 1970 to 1975 p.o.99484-75 parts manual p.o.99451-78B but it's a copy off the net this may help you in looking on the net.Hope you luck with your build.
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Welcome to the flock.
Factory service and parts manuals are the way to go but remember; they do have a few errors and some details are glossed over or left out. Check with fellow forum members if you're in doubt.
An original owner's manual is nice to have to complete your collection but not absolutely necessary.
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The factory parts manual was most important when I did my '71 XLCH. The diagrams show exactly what should be there and how the components should be assembled.
Keep in mind your bike is 47 years old and who knows how many guys have messed with it over the years. I found plastic zip ties in place of brake springs on mine along with several other components incorrectly assembled.
Good luck on your project and please show some pics.
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Factory Service Manual 99484-78
Factory Parts Catalog 99451-78B

Put the part numbers into Google, etc or buy from local indle motorcycle shop, or from an HD dealer.

The Haynes manual has the best photos. The Clymer has some additional details. All of the manuals have a few "anomalies".
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Welcome to the forum. My service manual is in shambles from 35 years of playing with
this and that on the bike. If you find a good source post it. From Minnesooota,eh?
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Were there alot of changes in the Sportsters from '74 to '78, so I should stick with the 1973 manual or would the 1978 work for my needs? Thanks....
1977 is known as the year of many changes.the cases changed to accomodate the new oil pump and crankcase breathing system.first year for true left side shifting.'75-76 started the switch to left side shift.etc.'73 was the next to last year for right side shift.
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