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Old 1st July 2005
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where can you get parts and accessories for Ironheads? I have a 1980 XLH 1000 are parts pretty scarce any help would be appreciated. :thinkbeer
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V-Twin (Ted's Cycle) is about it.... The have everything needed to to keep your Ironhead on the road. Check with your local non-stealership Harley shop, and ask to browse there catalog. Anything new or innovative is going to be hard to find.... I make a lot of my own stuff for that reason...
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I too have a 1980. I found everything that i needed on eBay - complete original exhaust, original A/C, decals, cables. Some stuff i was able to get locally at inde shops - generator end cap, front brake rotors at only $46.00 each, the cool looking chrome oil cooler to mount on the down tubes, replacement for broken part of forward controls, K&N filter, cables, brake pads, oil filters. At the HD dealer they always gave me a hard time about my "obsolete" bike, but still found stuff in the aftermarket catalogs. They stock the oil filter - it is used commonly on other models too.

In my experience everything is easily available either from eBay or from a standard catalog, or from HD or from J&P Cycles etc.

My anticicpation is that even in another 25 years all the parts you will need will still be available. There are lots of these bikes out there and people like us who want to keep them going.
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Let me reiterate, Wholesale distributers... Drag, Custom Chrome, Midwest, Mid-USA, Chrome Specialities, Dixie Distrubting ETC. are carrieing less and less Ironhead parts with every catalog issued. This will eventually trickle down to the little local shops, and the retail catalog distributors like JP Cycles.. Hard parts like crank pins, pinion and sprocket shafts, Cylinders, Heads, etc. that are Sportster Specific are getting harder to find. Items like calipers, rotors, Air and oil filters, etc. that also fit Big Twins are available because they fit Big Twins... Try to find a NEW clutch basket for a late 70s early 80s XL... Real hard to find...

E-Bay is an excellent resource. I've picked up some real nice OEM restoration goodies, some questionable quality after market stuff that could be reworked and some real good AM parts, and tons of used parts that have proven worth rebuilding.

V-Twin Has just about everything you need for the Ironhead, but they only sell through dealer and aftermarket shops... Most Stealerships will not admit they do business with V-Twin.
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Check J&P's Vintage catalog, there are parts they don't list in the regular catalog
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All V-Twin parts can be ordered through ZOOM Cycle:
www.zoomcycleLLC.com
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Toll Free: 1-888-316-1994
Fax: 1-888-658-7150

I ordered their free catalog (1600 pages, 287 Sporty pages). It came in about 10 days with a price list & order form.
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We are NOT obsolete, were CLASSIC`S
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i use the J&P vintage catalogue, so far no backorders or unavailable items but time will tell

i appreciate the info given here also, saved the link to zoom cycle
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Glad I found this thread, I am starting to think about my basket case 79 and needed the info.
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Here's a good link........... http://www.sportyspecialties.com/
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