I want to rebuild the engine on my 1984 Sportster XLX 1000

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by kclymer, May 2, 2008.

  1. kclymer

    kclymer New Member

    I have a 1984 Sportster XLX. I am a newbie, but I want to learn to do basically everything for my bike on my own. As of now, the bike runs good, but its an old bike, and I have no idea when the last time the engine was rebuilt. I saw a rebuild kit from J & P Cycles that had everything, or so it appeared. What tools do I need to do this though? Are there any special tools that I need to order that are hard to find? If someone could tell me what I need to get to do this right, I would appreciate it.

    Basically I want to do a little bit of preventative maintenence.
  2. Sharky1948

    Sharky1948 Junior Member

    Before you launch into a rebuild, I would check the compression on the cylinders, look for oil leaks, check for oil in the exhaust, etc. No sense in rebuilding unless you really have the need for it.

    JMHO. I'm sure Glider will jump in and comment.
  3. scottaudio

    scottaudio Member

    I agree-look at the mileage. I just retired a 27 year old Honda (1980 model) that only had 9k miles on it. Still ran great, no leaks, started on 1st or second kick every time. Even got 63 mpg! I sold it to a vintage collector/restoration specialist to help finance some accessories for my Harley (after all, the purchase of the bike is merely a down payment on the accessories!).

    I would not recommend going into the engine unless it really needs it...
  4. HarleyHarry

    HarleyHarry Banned

    Don't fix it if it ain't broken newbie. Enjoy the riding first. There's enough rainy days ahead in which to tinker.
    And a warm welcome to the forum
  5. HarleyHarry

    HarleyHarry Banned

    Amen to that brother!