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Actually I went in for a state inspection and a 30,000 mile service/oil change, and during the inspection they discovered that my fork seals were shot. They showed me the seals they pulled off my bike, and yes, they looked pretty bad. I know a "service" costs more than an oil change and a state inspection. When I think back I get slightly suspicious whether those fork seals they showed me were actually off my bike. Up to now I've left the wrenching up to the dealer I purchased the bike from. I'm feeling like, given the age (it's an '07) and milage on my Sportster if it would be worth my while to invest in more tools and learn to do some of this stuff myself. I've ordered a service manual and a lift. Where's a good place to learn basic motorcycle maintenance? Is the "Fix My Hog" web site worth joining?
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I don't have a service manual and I often wish I did.

Saying that though it looks like their's enough people on here with them so we've got it covered.
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I don't have a service manual and I often wish I did.

Saying that though it looks like their's enough people on here with them so we've got it covered.
So you're not going to bother getting one yourself, and every single thing that you want to know, or want to look up, you'll rely on people on the Forum (who have bothered to buy their own manuals) to do it for you? Nice!
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Just so I don't look like an absolute D bag after my previous post. I ride a hard tail bobber that is literally only a Harley because it's got a sportster engine.

If I bought a manual it would have more time off than Stephen Hawkings Bicycle clips.
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You can search eBay for manuals.
My Service, Electrical and Parts were all eBay pieces.

The price is right, too.
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If you own a Sportster, or any Harley, it should be mandatory you buy a Factory service manual. period!
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Hello. Here's my story. Hope it amuses/informs you.

My chick found me a service manual (Chlymer methinks) download off the web. Then I went to a library and had them find the OEM from some tech school library which I requested and scanned when it arrived. Then I saved both PDF's to my home PC, my Dropbox (which is linked to my tablet, phone, work/home PC), and I printed them out and put in 2 binders. I printed the pages which showed wiring diagrams and charts in color. When it's time to fix my ride, I can do the research wherever/whenever I have time before I start ordering parts and setting it up in my brother's garage.

May seem a bit much, but here is what it saved me, so this is directed at BigCatfish and Gasmonkey if you're so inclined, sir:

I have a 94 Sportster XLH883 Hugger, and did you know all you need to change the oil is a screwdriver? So why would I pay a dealer $100 to do it for me? I started with zero knowledge. Joined the forum to research those things a manual can't tell you. I use two manuals because one will show you what the other doesn't and the forums are advice from those who've previously worked on stuff like when you're taking your forks off for a rebuild, put the front tire on a stand and elevate and leave the tubes attached to the front and when you loosen the caps, have someone hold a rag/shirt over the cap and pull down while you put the socket over that and slowly turn it because otherwise that cap is going to shoot out because of the spring inside.

That being said, I've slowly built up a good tool inventory. My leather tool bag, which goes with me on all road trips has come in handy and everything has its purpose. I've taken both tires off, I've learned about alignment, taken the tank off and opened her up and put new seals in the top of the engine, I've re-wired the back end and traced a short when my lights went out, I've opened up the primary and fixed a clutch pack, changed out clutch cable, new gaskets, rebuilt the front forks to name a few things. I did buy my sporty from a guy who fixed it up for an old lady whose husband passed and the bike was in a backyard field covered by tarps for a long time. --Only way I could afford a Sporty was go on craigslist, btw.

I've spent money on parts, and things like actually putting a tire on the rim I take to a local shop, but I have saved so much money. My chick asks, "You're working on your bike again?" haha but I don't work on it as much as I used to because I got it running good. Now I ride my bike as my daily and long trips so because it isn't a cage, I try to keep it tip top. And there are times when I'm frustrated with it because of some little thing--it is an older bike, but I'll say this:

Even when I'm working on my bike, I'm happy to do it. And because I do all of the maintenance, I know if something's not right because I can hear a difference or feel a difference. I know what I did to it and not some guy. Trust me, when I replaced the drive belt and I took that back tire off, I cleaned the sprockets one by one lovingly. The dealer guy isn't going to say, "Well, while I"m here and I got all this stuff off, I might as well replace this or I might as well clean this section really good with an old toothbrush and some WD." But you will, because that's your baby, and your butt is on that seat, not the dealer guy.

Sorry for such a long post, have a good day, a cold beer, and a safe ride.

-Ren
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It really can't hurt to just get a manual for whatever year the sportster motor is. Inevitably it would come in handy,just my two cents.


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Hello. Here's my story. Hope it amuses/informs you.

My chick found me a service manual (Chlymer methinks) download off the web. Then I went to a library and had them find the OEM from some tech school library which I requested and scanned when it arrived. Then I saved both PDF's to my home PC, my Dropbox (which is linked to my tablet, phone, work/home PC), and I printed them out and put in 2 binders. I printed the pages which showed wiring diagrams and charts in color. When it's time to fix my ride, I can do the research wherever/whenever I have time before I start ordering parts and setting it up in my brother's garage.

May seem a bit much, but here is what it saved me, so this is directed at BigCatfish and Gasmonkey if you're so inclined, sir:

I have a 94 Sportster XLH883 Hugger, and did you know all you need to change the oil is a screwdriver? So why would I pay a dealer $100 to do it for me? I started with zero knowledge. Joined the forum to research those things a manual can't tell you. I use two manuals because one will show you what the other doesn't and the forums are advice from those who've previously worked on stuff like when you're taking your forks off for a rebuild, put the front tire on a stand and elevate and leave the tubes attached to the front and when you loosen the caps, have someone hold a rag/shirt over the cap and pull down while you put the socket over that and slowly turn it because otherwise that cap is going to shoot out because of the spring inside.

That being said, I've slowly built up a good tool inventory. My leather tool bag, which goes with me on all road trips has come in handy and everything has its purpose. I've taken both tires off, I've learned about alignment, taken the tank off and opened her up and put new seals in the top of the engine, I've re-wired the back end and traced a short when my lights went out, I've opened up the primary and fixed a clutch pack, changed out clutch cable, new gaskets, rebuilt the front forks to name a few things. I did buy my sporty from a guy who fixed it up for an old lady whose husband passed and the bike was in a backyard field covered by tarps for a long time. --Only way I could afford a Sporty was go on craigslist, btw.

I've spent money on parts, and things like actually putting a tire on the rim I take to a local shop, but I have saved so much money. My chick asks, "You're working on your bike again?" haha but I don't work on it as much as I used to because I got it running good. Now I ride my bike as my daily and long trips so because it isn't a cage, I try to keep it tip top. And there are times when I'm frustrated with it because of some little thing--it is an older bike, but I'll say this:

Even when I'm working on my bike, I'm happy to do it. And because I do all of the maintenance, I know if something's not right because I can hear a difference or feel a difference. I know what I did to it and not some guy. Trust me, when I replaced the drive belt and I took that back tire off, I cleaned the sprockets one by one lovingly. The dealer guy isn't going to say, "Well, while I"m here and I got all this stuff off, I might as well replace this or I might as well clean this section really good with an old toothbrush and some WD." But you will, because that's your baby, and your butt is on that seat, not the dealer guy.

Sorry for such a long post, have a good day, a cold beer, and a safe ride.

-Ren
Ren, awesome and all so true, thanks.
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Pay your taxes. Buy your manual from the Harley Davidson dealer. They have employees that need a paycheck. Buy all three, Owners, Service and Parts manuals. Don't hesitate, do it today. Get a T-Shirt while you are there.
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