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1982 FLH questions

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Post by DuoGlide62 » Fri Oct 22, 2010 11:51 pm

Buddy o'mine just picked up an 82 FLH bagger. In fact he isn't even home yet. Does anybody know anything about
the spark plugs for that year ? Something about early & late model year. Did they use different length plugs ? If so,
why ? What's the difference ?
Also, any other tips for 82 FLH rear belt models will be appreciated.
Thanks, Rick
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Re: 1982 FLH questions

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Post by Bosheff » Sat Oct 23, 2010 7:29 am

Wanna buy another one?....bosheff

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Re: 1982 FLH questions

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Post by DaveSwanson » Sat Oct 23, 2010 1:30 pm

Looks like a super nice one. I think they all used the long reach plug like an HD 5RL. I recently bought an 84 FLH and have been fixing it up. My 84 wasn't nearly a nice as your buds 82, but it will be.

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Re: 1982 FLH questions

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Post by DuoGlide62 » Wed Oct 27, 2010 5:42 pm

Thanks Dave.
I've seen solo seats on the seat post for '82 cop bikes .
Do they use the same post as earlier big twins ? (ie:panheads & knuckleheads )
The frame tube looks smaller to me. Any info appreciated.
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Post by Rusty-Shackleford » Sat Feb 28, 2015 11:12 pm

Did you remove the plugs? What type were in it?

I like those later shovelheads.
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Re: 1982 FLH questions

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Post by Rusty-Shackleford » Sun Mar 01, 2015 6:13 pm

The late shovelheads were/are quite reliable and were/are a pleasure to ride. The early belt drive 4 speed belt drive models are surprisingly smooth compared to their chain drive predecessors. Just as smooth as the soon to arrive evos with the five speed in fact. The only drawback seems to be the inability to change the final drive ratio in order to bring highway speeds up and RPM levels down to a more comfortable range like is possible with a chain and sprockets.
I am always concerned though when riding one of the early belt drive 4 speed shovelheads that a rear drive belt might break and ruin my day. The lifespan of a chain is fairly predictable and warning signs of unhappiness are easy to see. It seems to me that he rear drive belt could fail at any moment without warning.
I wonder if replacement rear belts are still available today? Where? At the HD dealership? I also wonder about the availability of the early 5 speed belt's availability?
Does anyone have any knowledge regarding the availability of these parts?

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Re: 1982 FLH questions

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Post by 38ulh » Sun Mar 01, 2015 6:55 pm

I have a friend in Idaho who owns an fx factory belt drive. He bought the bike recently (in the past 5 years). He has an extra belt that he bought. He got it at a stealership. I don't know if he just got lucky, (old stock). or if the part #. is still available. Also his bike is not a sturgis model. It also has a factory belt primary. He claims the factory belt FLH had a chain primary?????? and a Belt final drive. I've never seen the FLH model in person.

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Post by Rusty-Shackleford » Sun Mar 01, 2015 8:34 pm

My 1983 FLH (red one in picture) has the rear belt drive and typical chain primary drive.
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Re: 1982 FLH questions

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Post by 38ulh » Sun Mar 01, 2015 9:59 pm

Kinda crusty, you must actually ride your shovehead.

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Post by Rusty-Shackleford » Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:16 pm

38ulh wrote:Kinda crusty, you must actually ride your shovehead.
Its an all original unrestored classic.

It would break my heart to remove any of the patina

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Re: 1982 FLH questions

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Post by 38ulh » Thu May 28, 2015 3:00 am

I know I'm bumping an old thread, But did the belt drive flh come from the factory with a chain primary and no compensating sprocket.

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Re: 1982 FLH questions

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Post by Holtvintage » Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:52 pm

Mine has a rear belt drive, standard primary chain with a compensator sprocket

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Re: 1982 FLH questions

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Post by Bosheff » Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:19 pm

FLH's were never available with belt primary set-ups from the factory. Only the "Sturgis" model FXB's from 1980-1982 had primary belt drives. They were troublesome and were discontinued starting in 1983 but the rear belt remained on certain models....bosheff

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Post by DaveSwanson » Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:51 pm

I finally finished my 84 FLH

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Re: 1982 FLH questions

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Post by panhead_kicker » Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:37 am

Excellent job Dave, you're meticulous.

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