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Old 02-12-2006, 06:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Which year Dyna is the best?

I have done plenty of research on the Sportster, but my wife says if I'm going to get a bike it will have to be at least as big as the Super Glide. So, can someone give me the specifics of the major changes in the Dyna Super Glide over the past 8 years or so? I can't afford a new one, so I know the new 6-speed tranny is out. But, what about engine and transmission changes and other important updates? And what is a fair price for any given year?
Thanks everyone, you may have a Dyna convert on your hands.

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Old 02-12-2006, 07:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My choice for a TC engine would be an '02, especially if you're going to hot- rod it. They fixed the cam bearing issues by then, and they still had the stronger crank bearings (the left side bearing was changed in '03).

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Old 02-13-2006, 06:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i have 2003 carbed model so when i upgrade engine I don't have to worry about re-mapp(?sp). I here it runs a couple hundred.




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Old 02-13-2006, 08:31 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I personally would go with the TC 01 or 02 carbed. Makes it a lot easier for the guy who wants to mess with things. I have 30000 on my 01 FXDL with no problems yet. I would personally get one with a black motor too I think over time the keep a cleaner look ? JMO
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Old 02-13-2006, 10:32 AM   #5 (permalink)
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1998 FXD, last of the Evo engines! Bugs worked out, easy engine hop up without having to fuss with heads. Cam, Carb, Pipes, ignition module = Zoom!

If you must have a Twinkie go with the 02!
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Old 02-13-2006, 01:09 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Is there a reason that none of you would go with the fuel injection? If I were to buy one, I wouldn't do a lot of mods. on it. I just want something reliable and relatively easy to keep clean.
I rented a '98 FXD a couple years ago. Are the '99 and newer ones a little smoother?
I have also ridden the "old" Sportster, Fat Boy, Wide Glide, Softail, but I sure like the Super Glide the best. The '98 did feel a little to "clunky" though.
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Old 02-13-2006, 01:55 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Is there a reason that none of you would go with the fuel injection? If I were to buy one, I wouldn't do a lot of mods. on it. I just want something reliable and relatively easy to keep clean.
I rented a '98 FXD a couple years ago. Are the '99 and newer ones a little smoother?
I have also ridden the "old" Sportster, Fat Boy, Wide Glide, Softail, but I sure like the Super Glide the best. The '98 did feel a little to "clunky" though.

Clunky??? My 98 is smooth as glass except when it's sitting idling. I owned and rode a 2000 which I sold. If you want to remain mostly stock and are happy with the twin cam I would try and find a 2002. Long story short there are pinion bearing issues etc with different year twin cams. The 2002 is a safe bet. Just remember, in order to get the same bolt on horsepower and torque numbers out of a twin cam you must do some head work. The Evo heads are good from the factory for some pretty good jumps in numbers with just a cam, air cleaner upgrade, carb jet kit, and a ignition module as icing on the cake. People are just use to tuning carbs. Throw in a kit tweak her up and read the plugs. Not happy try another jet tweak etc. The fuel injection requires different maps, tuning techniques etc. Equipment and help tuning an injected bikes costs more and you are basically at the disposal of your own knowlege or trusting that of others. Injected bikes when tuned right run great too! All info I am providing should not be misconstrued as coming from a professional Harley mechanic. I am a back yard type whos played with Harleys for over 27 years. From what you describe I would by a 2002 Twin cam that has had the dealers stage one already preformed on it. Then ride happily and clean till your hearts content!

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Old 02-13-2006, 02:30 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Maybe "clunky" is not the best word. It was a rental Harley so it probably had been abused and wasn't well cared for. It looked nice, though.
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Maybe "clunky" is not the best word. It was a rental Harley so it probably had been abused and wasn't well cared for. It looked nice, though.
I have a 2004 Dyna. With EFI. I love it! With 5K in miles it has performed flawlessly. I particularly like not having to choke it. It sets up the enrichment and idle automatically. If you don't care to monkey with the performance of the bike as myself and simply want to add cosmetics to enhance the appearance this is the way to go! ~Jim
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Old 02-13-2006, 04:46 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I have a 2004 Dyna. With Carb. I love it! With 12K in miles it has performed flawlessly. I particularly like not having a fuel pump to worry about. I just pull the choke for about 15 seconds and it starts right up every time. After adding slip ons and an AC I was able to rejet it myself at home for a couple bucks.



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On a slightly more serious note... I think Rick gave some good advice in reference to an 02 model.

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I love my '03 but sure wish it had the 06 Heads. the '06 heads flow better without a port job...
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06 Dyna

The 06 Dynas are start and go. What more can you ask for? Mine is quite nice.

Messing around with a choke can be dangerous while riding.
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I have a 2001 FXD that I bought used last summer and it's run just fine with over 10,000 miles, with me putting 3,400+ of the miles on it. Running a carb is not that difficult. Just pull the choke and start it up, I run mine for a few blocks or a mile depending on the temp. then push it in and your done.
Plus if you find a used bike that is stock you can add the stage I yourself and not pay the dealer for minor wrenching.
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Messing around with a choke can be dangerous while riding.


WTF would you be screwing around with the choke while riding for anways?




been riding bikes for 30 of my 35 years and can't ever recall screwing with the choke while riding
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