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Here you go......kicker shaft...33091-67 Rare 1 year only......bolt and washer unique as well

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Here are three primary cover styles found on early Sportsters.

The first is the aluminum cast primary with the "Sportster" script. It was used on XL and XLH models from 1957 to 1966. It was replaced in 1967 when the electric start was added to the H model.

It is similar to the K-Model (also KH and KHK) primary which preceded it, with two notable differences. The K-Model primary did not have the scrips, and the Sportster primary protrudes out further to accommodate the compensating spring on the motor sprocket.



The XLCH "tin" primary has several versions. These are the two used on production models from 1958-1969.



The 1958-1963 version (above) is very similar to the 1964-1969 version. The only difference can be seen from the back.



The early version is on the bottom (1958-1963). Notice that the inside of the derby is smooth because of the two-piece construction. These primary covers are sometimes referred to as "double derbies"



Here is a shot of the three versions together.
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Here are three versions of the early Sprocket cover. These covers have a screw mechanism that pushes a rod that goes through the transmission and actuates the clutch.



This version is found on 1957-1966 XLHs and 1957-1967 XLCHS. There are actually three variation of this cover. On the earliest K-model version, the rib continues on the other side of the clutch actuator. Early and later Sportster version differ in the angle of the zerk fitting boss.

The 1967 XLH cover continues the ribbed design, but has a cutaway for the electric for the electric start (one year only). I will post a photograph when I dig one out.



This is the XLCH version that used from 1968 on.



This is XLH version found on 1968 and up models. Notice the cutaway for electric start. This piece may have been introduced mid-model-year in 1967.



Here they are from the back. The XLCH style has a -52B casting number. The corresponding XLH part has a -67 casting number. Be careful not to confuse casting numbers with part numbers. Although they occasionally correspond, they most often don't.
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Here are the two XLH Nacelles from the 60s. The "locomotive" style on the right was introduced in 1959 and was used until 1966.

The aluminum Nacelle was found on 1967-1969 XLH models and most of them ripped off by guys that thought they were hideous and wanted to XLCH-ize their bikes. Like the boattail seat and fender sets (1971) , they've slowly come back into vogue.



Here's a glamor shot of the 1967-1969 Nacelle



The locomotive style nacelle has a hole in the top for the speedometer. There was an accessory piece to plug this hole introduced in '65 or '66 for those that wanted to run the racier handlebar mounted gauges.
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glad u posted this so the r model guys can educate me. the double derby shown is for kr & xlr? because it has the extra screw along top run. but xr didnt use it (the xtra screw)? now ive seen the 64 up like shown with the dimple but not drilled, but not to often at all. were they the ones supplied for r after 69?
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glad u posted this so the r model guys can educate me. the double derby shown is for kr & xlr? because it has the extra screw along top run. but xr didnt use it (the xtra screw)? now ive seen the 64 up like shown with the dimple but not drilled, but not to often at all. were they the ones supplied for r after 69?
I'm not a CH expert, Doc (or, really, an expert of any kind). I hope everyone chimes in an corrects me when I gets something wrong, and I hope the 70s guys will post pictures to thread as well.

As for your questions on the cover, maybe Patrick (Frenchowl) or Magneto will chime in. Both of them know a lot more than me.

Many more pictures to come.
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Here you go......kicker shaft...33091-67 Rare 1 year only......bolt and washer unique as well

Great. I actually have one of those. Didn't know the details.
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These pictures aren't great, but here are three early headlights.



On the bottom left is the -59 XLH Headlight and bracket that was used from 1959 to 1966. It has a very wide bezel and the mount attaches to the bottom of the light, and the mount bolts to the bottom triple tree.

The light on the right is the -59 XLCH version used from 1959 to 63 and is quite rare. It is almost identical to the XLH headlight except the mount is on the top. A lot of guys restoring early XLCH use the XLH headlight turned upside down, the only drawback being this puts the adjusting screw and drain on the top.

In 1964 the XLCH went to the familiar two-ring bezel headlight that was used for many years.

The large headlight was used on XL & XLH models in 1957 & 1958. It is really just a Panhead (pre 1960) headlight with an oil and generator light added in the bucket. (See below)

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hey moon, speakin of 1yr only. the early 57s didnt use rocker bushings. and used tappet rollers with no needles. as well as those 1 11/16 intake valve heads (oh how i kick my self for offing them) and "free rotating" exhaust valves ala panhead. and hard faced skidshoe.
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