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Old 11-28-2014, 10:03 AM   #1
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What year bike should I buy to build a Scramster.

I am looking a Sporster to build a Scamster what year is the best one to start with?
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Old 11-28-2014, 01:16 PM   #2
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Don't know if there is a "best" one. Every XL I've had were all great bikes. If'n were me I'd look anywhere from the disc braked /Ironheads or later.
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Old 11-29-2014, 05:22 PM   #3
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2003 and earlier were a bit lighter weight which is a consideration if you plan on using it off road.
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Old 11-29-2014, 10:42 PM   #4
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1991 got the 5 speed tranny and most of them got belt drive.
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Old 11-30-2014, 09:54 AM   #5
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I would look for 5 speed tranny, factory wire spoke wheels 883. They seem to sell cheap and it's easy to throw a 1200 kit on one. Belt drive is nice, but doesn't have many gearing options. 2004 and up I believe have rubber mounted engine, but are a tad bit heavier.
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Old 11-30-2014, 07:35 PM   #6
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If you go with a rigid mounted motor I'd say 2000-2003 are great bikes. Running one of these will save you about 50 lbs, but you will have to figure out how to deal with vib at certain rpm levels. Rigid bikes also have trap door trannies. Which means that you don't have to split the cases to work on it or change to a 6 speed. With this model stg 1 means about 60-70 hp, well at least with a sport model as it has hotter cams. I will be looking at 80 ish on mine but that is with extra engine work. The newer models are easier to get power out of.

2004-2006 are good rubber mounted engines that are smooth regardless of rpm, well they shake at idle. If you need FI then your looking for 2007 and up. Starting with 2004 and up you have the option of a 4.5 gallon tank wich is nice if you plan on traveling distances with it. Tuned right you can plan on 50 mpg out of the sportsters. Also in 2004 you have buell heads and W cams with the 1200. That means you get extra power to go with your extra weight. With new air cleaner and exhaust you can plan on 72-80 hp, depending on what pipe you pick.

Depending on how extreme your build will be will determine the model you should look for. If your replacing shocks and forks with dirt/adv bike then dont worry about model. If not look for the plain Jane xlh. Go to a sport and get cartridge forks and dual disk with decent rear shocks and the most travel available. If you go rubber a roadster makes a nice conversion piece with dual disc and over 5 inches of front travel.

If you go over to the XLforum you can find out all the info you need. They even have an off road section

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Old 12-04-2014, 02:55 AM   #7
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What JW and GB said, plus....... With the pre rubber mount models, taller 15+ inch rear shocks are very simple to install. The rubber mount engines 2004+ will require a belt tensioner to prevent rub on the rear brake MC mount. Not insurmountable(Burly did it with their scambler build) but requires a little more time, money and thought. I'm like JW and prefer the later rigid mounts. Pretty much bullet proof bikes

Good luck with the scamster build and please start a build thread so we can follow.

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Old 12-05-2014, 10:01 AM   #8
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I was looking at this one: 1970 Sportster? or should I be looking just at later bikes?

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Old 12-06-2014, 03:24 AM   #9
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Looks to be an xlch.

Hope you like only having a kickstart. On the positive side, you can run a tin primary and save weight.
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Old 12-06-2014, 09:13 AM   #10
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Old 12-06-2014, 10:53 AM   #11
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I was looking at this one: 1970 Sportster? or should I be looking just at later bikes?
An AMF-era, iron-head Sportster? Nah, what could go wrong? Go for it!

Have you done any homework at all on this project? Do you actually work on your own bikes? That question was so out of left field that the thread smells like a troll now (really).
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Old 12-06-2014, 02:05 PM   #12
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Yes I do work on my own bikes .

I have a YankeeZ 500, Ossa MAR's, KZ750B ( Set up as a Dual Sport) and a Yamaha IT465.

I have never owned a Harley but I was bidding on a KH on Ebay a few years back, the bidding went past what I could afford.

I see Sportsters in the $2500-3500 range and thought it might be a fun project.

Just trying to figure out what years would be best to build.

I do not mine a kick start only.

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Old 12-10-2014, 07:41 PM   #13
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Do yourself a favor and do not buy an ironhead. I have owned one and have nothing good to say about them. Mine was an XLCH also. Which is Harley talk for kick only. Nothing stays together on those bikes. Buy a 1987 or newer. EVO motors are much better.

Good luck!!!!
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Old 12-10-2014, 08:05 PM   #14
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For a good project Sportster stay with 1998-2003 year models. The Evo engine in these years are nearly bullet proof.


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My semi -crippled buiddy Mickey says if someome offered him a kick start Iron -Head for free , he would walk "using a cane " away.
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