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Old 27th April 2006
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OK I'm putting my neck on the line to sound like a real dummy. I just bought this 1968 XLH and the guy I bought it from said it was a 1000cc. After doing some internet research I am unable to find any info on a "1968 XLH1000". So my question is;
"Do I have a 1968 XLCH900?"

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Look at the numbers stamped on the motor, Then cross reference in the Factory manual. That will give you the year of the motor. '71 or earlier makes it a 900 (883), '72 & later is 1000 (997.5)
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Thanks BobboJama.
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Look at the numbers stamped on the motor, Then cross reference in the Factory manual. That will give you the year of the motor. '71 or earlier makes it a 900 (883), '72 & later is 1000 (997.5)
Here is a site that will help you determine what you have. It only goes back to 1970 but if the motor has been changed it may still help out.


http://www.cyborgcycles.com/vinid.htm
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All sportsters were 883cc until 1972 when they went to 1000cc. If it is truly a '68 xlh motor it would have been 883cc stock, but maybe a previous owner bored it out.
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Yup it's definately a 900. I spoke with the guy who sold it to me and he said it was bored out to "about" a 1000.
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To turn a 55 into a 61 you have to change cylinders/pistons/heads..

I dont know if you have to bore the cases....

Boring wont make it happen

I had a '69 900 that I liked except the clutch sucked....never really in or out...
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I hear ya. I'm experiencing that with my clutch as we speak. I've been trying to tweek it and just can't get it the way I want it. Man! and I thought it was me!
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Check to see if the clutch studs are bent.

They are a 1/4-20..1/4-28 stud that i was only able to find at HD. Back in '95 they were $3.00 apiece. Cost me almost $20 but it helped somewhat...
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Thanks Billy I'll check that out.
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