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Biggest problems I’ve had were a bad ignition module (seems common for 1999 model year) and leaky rocker box gasket (rear cylinder head leaked until I replaced the paper thin gasket with a super thick after market one)

I’m not a fan of how much a PITA changing the battery is, but they fixed that in 2004


Edit: Oh yeah, the right handlebar control wire routing really sucks, not enough room tends to pinch
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My theory is, if it has tits or tires it's gonna give you trouble and cost you money.
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I have had a few give me lip, but i wrenched that attitude right out of the bugger.
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had the same prblems as you,awright 2009. ignition module and rocker box gaskets.also a 1999.
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I have not had any problems with my mostly stock '06 1200L, though I have only put about 10K miles on it. It had 3800 when I bought it used, and looked like new. It is my first Sportster, and I came here mostly because I had questions, not really problems. I do have to say, I have gotten great answers to every question I have asked. Great forum.
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I have an 81 Ironhead, I have owned it since 2000 & it's been a complete money pit, there is very little of the original parts of the bike that where on it that I have not replaced.

It is now a brand new bike & I still spend more time fixing it than riding it. If I new how crap these are I would never had bought it. I have got so much money in it I can't sell it as the loss would be astronomical.

On the odd occasion when it is working it's great, a real pleasure to ride, unfortunately that doesn't happen to often. I take it out & wonder what will go wrong on this ride.

If anyone was to ask me about getting one I'd advise them to stay well clear.
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Try a Evolution, you'll be happy.
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my 99s rigid evo has been fine... I wouldn't trade it even up for anything NEW !!! I will however do a HAMMER 1250 or 1275 on it at some point...
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