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Yeah I noticed that about Clymer. I did check EBAY and found digital copies of them for $20-$40. May be a flop? Blank USB or CD ? Lmao we’ll see. Push come to shove I’ll buy one at the dealership & bite the bullet. Thanks for your insight!
I guess it's been a few years since I've posted on this subject.

I've spent my entire professional career in this industry (writing repair manuals).

Harley and, when last I checked though maybe that's changed, Clymer do not make digital copies of their manuals for sale meaning anyone selling them are probably thieves.

Harley OEM manuals have always been decent. I like them.

My stuff had been published by Chilton, Clymer, Haynes, Seloc, and others. I'm proud of it, there's good work.

But usually aftermarket means less expensive and fewer details at some point.

Currently I write for www.cyclepedia.com and that's not true with them.

Generally they have MORE detail than the OEM. I'm really happy to be working with them.

We buy a bike, tear it down to a piston and frame, and photograph the crap outta it. The resulting manual has multiple photos for every step.

Now it wrote the 07-16 EFI manual and I think it's decent and probably covers everything MOST owners will need,b probably good through current models, for a fraction of the OEM cost but there's always more info.

Then again, even if you bought the OEM service manual there's a second electrical diagnostics manual you'd still need. So for half the price CyclePedia offers more than just the basic service manual.

If it were me, I'd buy OEM or CyclePedia.
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I guess it's been a few years since I've posted on this subject.

I've spent my entire professional career in this industry (writing repair manuals).

Harley and, when last I checked though maybe that's changed, Clymer do not make digital copies of their manuals for sale meaning anyone selling them are probably thieves.

Harley OEM manuals have always been decent. I like them.

My stuff had been published by Chilton, Clymer, Haynes, Seloc, and others. I'm proud of it, there's good work.

But usually aftermarket means less expensive and fewer details at some point.

Currently I write for www.cyclepedia.com and that's not true with them.

Generally they have MORE detail than the OEM. I'm really happy to be working with them.

We buy a bike, tear it down to a piston and frame, and photograph the crap outta it. The resulting manual has multiple photos for every step.

Now it wrote the 07-16 EFI manual and I think it's decent and probably covers everything MOST owners will need,b probably good through current models, for a fraction of the OEM cost but there's always more info.

Then again, even if you bought the OEM service manual there's a second electrical diagnostics manual you'd still need. So for half the price CyclePedia offers more than just the basic service manual.

If it were me, I'd buy OEM or CyclePedia.
Holy cannoli in a hand basket. Greatly appreciate your insight & im glad someone other than me thinks that eBay knock offs might be less informative than the real deal. I’ll definitely check out the link you provided Bone. You rock.
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Holy cannoli in a hand basket. Greatly appreciate your insight & im glad someone other than me thinks that eBay knock offs might be less informative than the real deal. I’ll definitely check out the link you provided Bone. You rock.
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Definitely man. Much love & thanks again!! I’ll let you know how I make out because I’m 24 miles overdue on that 1k service.
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Hate to say it but this is one thing you do want to buy from the dealer. The HD manual not a knockoff Clymer. I recommend the Electrical Diagnostics Manual as well as the parts catalog. These along with a good set of tools and a lift are indispensable. Represents a good chunk of change but will pay for itself.
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I thought I'd post this so you're aware of it, since you mentioned maybe getting an on-line manual.
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Hate to say it but this is one thing you do want to buy from the dealer. The HD manual not a knockoff Clymer. I recommend the Electrical Diagnostics Manual as well as the parts catalog. These along with a good set of tools and a lift are indispensable. Represents a good chunk of change but will pay for itself.
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I thought I'd post this so you're aware of it, since you mentioned maybe getting an on-line manual.
Roger that & I was made aware of this after posting. JUST TO clarify , I just wanted to get insight on where to get one & if it’s illegal I want nothing to do with it. In a previous post I mentioned I’d just go to the dealership & bite the bullet. Thank you so much
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