05 fatboy

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by Mavagrand, Oct 9, 2009.

  1. Mavagrand

    Mavagrand Senior Member

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    Just went with a friend of mine and helped him buy an 05 fat boy. Here's the story. Guy is selling the bike for his father who is elderly and can no longer ride. The bike has 8300 miles on the odo and the guy was asking 9600.00. Went to look at the bike and it was rough. the bike had been dropped, the rear fender had a couple of half dollar size dents that went down to the metal, the saddle bags were missing and the paint in general had a lot of light scratches. The bike actually disappointed me when I first saw it. I got to looking at it and the engine looked good, like a low mileage engine should. Rode the bike and it tracked true and ran strong. I did notice the engine oil light would come on when the bike was idling. the guy said the idle was set too low..not sure. anyway, the windshield was also scratched and the bike was missing its rear turn signals. I offered the 7500, he took 7700 cash. I rode the bike back home for my friend who doesn't have an endorsement and she ran strong and true. For those with experience, is this oil light issue something minor? What problems/issues were prevelant with this year bike? anything he should watch out for? thanx.
     
  2. abselite

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    Cam chain issues?
    I just purchased an '05 Fatboy with 8600 miles. Beautiful condition... looks brand new.
    Can you please explain the cam chain issue?
    Thanks
     
  3. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    This is the tensioners that keep tension on the cam chain. They wear and can cause damage to the engine if not checked starting at about 25K for the wear.
     
  4. Mavagrand

    Mavagrand Senior Member

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    Smitty, have you heard anything about a low idle issue causing the engine oil light to come on? the guy said he checked some forums and a lot of 05 owners needed an ECM reflash to set the idle higher. I know at idle the oil light would flicker, oil tank was full. soon as I touched the throttle, the light would go out.
     
  5. Davidw2415

    Davidw2415 Senior Member

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    Was the tensioner issue resolved on the 06 FB. I hope.
     
  6. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Still have to keep an eye on them starting at 25K or so.

    The first year of the better system was on the 06 dynas and then the 07 bike line.
     
  7. springer03

    springer03 Active Member

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    Don't believe you are hurt at the price. If you can do any of the fix yourself. If you can get any help and buy used on the body parts should come out ahead..
     
  8. Mavagrand

    Mavagrand Senior Member

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    Thanx, guys. It is EFI and has a Stage 1 installed. I wondered about the download issue..I'll go through it and see if it has a fuel management system on it and, if not, have Dave take it to the dealer to confirm download. I'll also check the DTC (thanks Smitty). I don't think we got a bad deal either as the bike is solid and only needs cosmetic work. I know he is excited about it. thanx all. ride safe.
     
  9. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Mavagrand, you got a good deal, and if you go over the tensioners, routine maintenance and pick up the cosmetic bits you should be in good shape. Hope your friend appreciates your find and gets some good riding time on her...! :small3d018:
     
  10. Davidw2415

    Davidw2415 Senior Member

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    Hey Mavagrand, don't you think it's about time to get your buddy on the forum and have him post some pictures so we can see what he's got.