Hibernating sportster

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by Apyle, Mar 22, 2008.

  1. Apyle

    Apyle Junior Member

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    I've got a 1989 sportster that has been sitting around for 14 years pretty much right next to my 87 fxrs "work in progress." It has 3,600 original miles on it. Here is what I have done so far to it. The first thing I did was put some marvels mystery oil into the cylinders, and washed all the dust and dirt accumulations off of it. I then broke the clutch free. I'm having difficulty deciding what to do next. Any ideas? I haven't tried the starter but the engine is free. Here is the pics of it.
     

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    You should also check any hydraulic components such as master cylinders brake cyliders. It has a tendency to crystilize if sitting for long periods.
     
  3. R. Lewis

    R. Lewis Senior Member Retired Moderators

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    Carb. worked on, flush the gas tank,new plugs, make sure all bolts are tight?
     
  4. Apyle

    Apyle Junior Member

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    More like new gas tank. It is half full of what used to be gas. Not to mention rust, lots and lots of rust.
     
  5. Apyle

    Apyle Junior Member

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    Which mess? The inch of dirt on it or the 2 inches of sludge that used to be gasoline in the fuel tank, or both. The dirt is already gone.
     
  6. Apyle

    Apyle Junior Member

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    Acually it really was a package deal. I got both the bikes at same time from the same barn.
     
  7. Apyle

    Apyle Junior Member

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    What kind a lube should the primary case have in it. I have to put it back into storage for a short time and I don't want to put it in without oil in there.
     
  8. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    The sportster or the low rider in your avatar?

    If it is the sporty, then the Spectro Heavy Duty Gold Primary Chaincase Lube/Transmission Lubricant is the ideal choice for Sportster chaincases.
     
  9. Apyle

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    It's the sporty I have started kinda picking away at it. Nothing real serious yet. It needs more attention than I can afford to give it. The thing is in terrible condition just about every piece of chrome is in need of replacement. Needs a new fuel tank, chain, the brakes need to be gone through, the wiring has been eaten by mice, plus I have no clue what else I'm going to find.:bigsmiley5:
     
  10. glider

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    Sounds like a real project, have you tried to turn the motor over yet to see if it is free?