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Old 12-18-2012, 03:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello out there. I just brought home a 1983 FXRT for $5200.00, and two shotguns. It has 28,000 miles, cranks, runs and rides fair. It is dirty and in need of lots of elbow grease, but complete with fairing, saddlebags, tour pak, the optional guages and radio. It also has a fairly new S&S carb and drag pipes. I had a 1970 FLH back in the mid '70s and had some problems, but had some good times too. The rear brake is shot. Any suggestions for an upgrade that won't break the bank? The front forks feel mighty loose, and probably need seals, boots, etc. The bike is black with gold pinstripes, and has been dropped and is scratched on the left bag and fairing, but not bad. No crashbars. I have a 2006 Electraglide Standard too. 24,000 miles, no problems. Haven't changed the cam drive yet. I also have a 1988 ElectraGlide Classic with 56,000 miles. It had a rod knocking, so I sent the engine to Harley for reman. I am in the process of reinstalling it. I may sell the '06 if I like the Evo, and keep it and the Shovel. I'm not bragging, just telling what's in the garage. Lots to do yet. Hello to all.
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I had a 1984-1/2 FXRT and I have wished many times I still had it. It had one of the first EVO (Blockhead) engines.
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Welcome from a hard core FXRT freak. Mine's a 93. We have a great FXR section here, dive in.

We need pictures. Get 'em up before Michael catches up with you.

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Old 12-18-2012, 06:57 PM   #5 (permalink)
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sounds like a nice find, I dont know what 2 shotguns are worth.. But other than that, sounds fair enough. You could get the brakes straightened out, maybe get some EBC or Lyndall pads, an ya should be ok.. There will be plenty of places to spend some cash on the new machine in the garage. Good Luck with her.
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:08 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:40 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Sounds like a good platform to build an awesome bike! I bought an 85 FXRS 2 years ago and turned it into a full on FXRT. Looks like you got the jump on me with that . Take the time to go over it thoroughly and get the bugs out. Winter is a good time for wrenching so that when spring comes around you will be ready.
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Hello out there. I just brought home a 1983 FXRT for $5200.00, and two shotguns. It has 28,000 miles, cranks, runs and rides fair. It is dirty and in need of lots of elbow grease, but complete with fairing, saddlebags, tour pak, the optional guages and radio. It also has a fairly new S&S carb and drag pipes. I had a 1970 FLH back in the mid '70s and had some problems, but had some good times too. The rear brake is shot. Any suggestions for an upgrade that won't break the bank? The front forks feel mighty loose, and probably need seals, boots, etc. The bike is black with gold pinstripes, and has been dropped and is scratched on the left bag and fairing, but not bad. No crashbars. I have a 2006 Electraglide Standard too. 24,000 miles, no problems. Haven't changed the cam drive yet. I also have a 1988 ElectraGlide Classic with 56,000 miles. It had a rod knocking, so I sent the engine to Harley for reman. I am in the process of reinstalling it. I may sell the '06 if I like the Evo, and keep it and the Shovel. I'm not bragging, just telling what's in the garage. Lots to do yet. Hello to all.
I love my 83 FXRT. Put a stock rear brake on it from Ebay if you can. The frontend was junk when it was new from the factory, any later model 39mm front end is night and day differences. Search for FXRT Build to see details of this upgrade.

Does it still have the enclosed chain drive? If so that is a great system once it is understood and if it is still in good condition.
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:30 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Congrats on the find! I just found an 84 FXRT 4 months ago. It is in pretty good shape, rode it from Minneapolis to Seattle, and then shipped it home to Alaska. It is my winter project. Mine has chain drive, but original swing arm and wheel changed out with some thing older, and all of the enclosed chain parts are gone except the housing at the drive sprocket. It has been fun, finding what is original, what is not, what is available, and what I can afford! The FXRT is a sweet ride!
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Congrats on the find and Welcome ..
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Welcome - I own a "83 FXRT also.

Take Michaels advise and visit the FXR Forum often. You'll learn a lot from very knowledgeable guys.

Post pictures when you can.

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Old 01-07-2013, 04:15 PM   #12 (permalink)
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More on the 1983 FXRT

Hello again, I'm living in a camper for several months, a 25' 1990 Airstream, with no land phone or internet yet. Will build a house soon. The 1983 FXRT still has the enclosed chain. I have it hid at the moment in my son's storage shed. I have to sell something before bringing it home. My ol' lady is already unhappy with 2 Harleys, so as soon as I can take photos as it was at purchase, then give it a clean-up, I will post some pictures. The guy that owned it didn't mind having dirt on anything, but it will be nice soon. Most riders in my area of Mississippi have newer rides. One friend has his Dad's old '84 Tour Glide with 100,000 plus miles on the original drive train, and another still has his '73 Super Glide and another has a '77 Super Glide with about 13,000 miles. He hardly ever rides, but won't let it go. Thanks for the nice welcome.
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