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Old 23rd July 2012
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Hello,
I am thinking about buying a 2003 883 locally on CL, it has 15k miles and looks really clean. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on things to look for, issues these bikes had and or any and all input you may have.
I am moving from a sport bike and put about 10k a year on it, so i ride some. are there any longevity issues with these bikes?
Thank you very much for your 2 cents.
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the Question with Harley tax if payed or the method followed correctly

My 2002 883 was rich with a 48 idle jet, stock needle,160 main so screaming eagle type 1 it was not

I installed a easy mix screw 2 1/2 turns from bottom, 45 idle jet,NOOK needle,175 main, stock headders and cycleshack tapers for a lite tan plug useing the chop method

I got a 50Hp seat of pants and 48 MPG

I got the needle from Harley and the jets from Yamaha
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If you ride the bike in a "normal" manner and do your maintenance on time, you should get good service from it. Of course, it also depends on how well it was kept by the PO.

There are a bunch of nice clean 883s going for around $3k on CL in the Memphis area.

Besides paying the "Harley Tax", I recommend changing the transmission pully or sprocket on the final drive if you ride the road a lot.
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A well-kept frame-mount EVO is your best bet for a Sportster these days. It's not an older ironhead with a bunch of questionable "upgrades" that will give you hell two miles down the road and it's not an overpriced, soul-less rubbermount EFI model. Good luck!
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A well-kept frame-mount EVO is your best bet for a Sportster these days. It's not an older ironhead with a bunch of questionable "upgrades" that will give you hell two miles down the road and it's not an overpriced, soul-less rubbermount EFI model. Good luck!
Says the guy with the rigidmount evo.

Rubbermount carbs are clearly the best.

Seriously though, if you don't want it somebody here will probably be interested.
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....................Really? I thought we would all agree the twin cam type B motor was lacking soul.........Really?
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My front base gasket began seeping at 15,000 miles, seeped for another 5000 then became a gusher, had to replace.
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with some track records of 123,000 mile and legon of 150,000 you can see if you set it right you can have a long life friend
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Ignition modules are about the only thing that really goes bad. Easy fix and a hell of an upgrade from stock
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I have a 2003 883 from new; she is now triked and opened up to 1200 about 4 years ago, I also put in an aftermarket set of clutchplates, and a set of 6 degree yokes. No major problems, I love this bike/trike!

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