Sporty question

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by doctor727, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. doctor727

    doctor727 Active Member

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    I am trying to help my neighbor with his Sporster. He bought it used and has no idea about it. I need to know how much oil it takes for a change. It is a 1983 883. It is in nice condition and I want to try to get him started in the right direction. Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    3 quarts total. I would dump in 2 1/2 and run it and top off as needed:s
     
  3. doctor727

    doctor727 Active Member

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    Thanks Jack. Would you recommend synthetic or not?
     
  4. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    It surely wont hurt it none:s
     
  5. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    If the bike is a 1983 that would make it an iron head and if it were mine i would use a good quality dino oil
    Although i have a wee bit of experience on early evo sportsters i have never had my hands on an iron head

    Brian
     
  6. R. Lewis

    R. Lewis Senior Member Retired Moderators

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    Owners choice - but gotta agree with Brian here. Being it's a 83 , a decent dino would be just fine.
     
  7. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    Best thing you could do for him would be to get him signed up as a member on this forum!!!
     
  8. odie13

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    I had a 84 it was a 1200 Did they even make a 883 in 83
    Do you think it may be a 93
     
  9. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    Are you sure about that? From '57 to '71 they were 883 cc. (commonly referred to as 900 cc. '72 to 1985 they were 1000 cc. With the introduction of the "Evo" XL,in '86, they had 883 and 1100cc for '86 & '87. In '88 to current, they had 883 and 1200 cc
     
  10. odie13

    odie13 Member

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    Breeze3at Your right it was a 1000, Time flyes and so does my
    memory