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Hi There:

I will be performing my 1000 mile maintenance on my 2002 1200C Sportster - any feedback would be greatly appreciated. I checked with the local dealer and they want approximately $500 to perform the first maintenance - OUCH! I just forked out $2000 for a downpayment, I think I am going to have to locate a sticker for my truck - Driver carries no cash/money, she owns horses and rides a harley!

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Best investment is a Mx. Manual. It will take you through it step by step.
 

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Jimmy, will that void your warranty if you do your own maintenance with the book?
 

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Jimmy, will that void your warranty if you do your own maintenance with the book?

No way! There is nothing in the warranty that excludes one from doing their own Mx.

The Mx Manual is easy to follow and if ya do it like they say, then you are doing it to the OEM Spec.
 

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Thanks for the quick reply. I didn't know that - luckily I've got 8K and closing fast of the 10K service. I'll definately do it myself and save the $500!!! :D
 

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Yep, you will be;

Inspect battery
Replace engine oil
Replace Oil Filter
Inspect P-Chain tension
Replace Primary Oil
Adjust clutch
Replace Trans Oil
Inspect tires
Inspect Steering Head Bearing Adjustment ( and lube )
Check brake fluid
Check pads
Check Drive Belt
Inspect Swing arm
Shocks
Air Cleaner ( I'd go ahead and clean and oil at that time )
Check your fuel lines. ( Look for chafing and rub marks )
Throttle Cable
Check the engine mounts
Replace the plugs
Electrical Inspect for working order
Torque down the fasteners
And do your own damn Road Test !
:D

Looks like a lot but it is not. The manual will walk you right through it. I keep my receipts and date em and put the milage on top. If things ever happen, you have your ducks in a row.
 

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Cool

Thanks for all the responses. I went to the dealer today and picked up oil, oil filter, gaskets, a manual, etc. I will be performing my maintenance tonight on my bike. :D Does anyone know anything about the mufflers on Sportsters? I heard that you can pop out the baffles and that will make them louder without taking away any power?

Thanks again,
 

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As long as you document what you have done and save the reciepts the warranty won't be a problem.

Out of curiosity, what dealer do you use? I really like Golden Gate
 

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Does anyone know anything about the mufflers on Sportsters? I heard that you can pop out the baffles and that will make them louder without taking away any power?
Not specifically, but they are the same as on many other Harleys.

Don't.

Sure they will make noise, but it's not going to be a good noise, and you are much more likely to lose power in the range you ride the bike most.

You can get a set of inexpensive Cycle Shack slip ons, and they sound good if a little loud and make as much power as anything on a street bike.
You will have to rejet the carburetor, but you will have to do this regardless what way you go.
If you add an air intake kit you will now have the most cost effective performance improvement that can be done to the bike.

If you look around a little you are talking maybe 250 to 300 total, if you are not willing to spend this right now, leave it alone.
 

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Thanks All.

Thanks for the feedback. I will definately leave the pipes as is and purchase the slip ons. There is a lot of different feedback on this issue and some say its sounds and works good and others say it does not. I am going to error on the safe side and purchase the slip ons.

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$500! Oh...my....god.... :(

The 1000-mile service on my Dyna cost me $178, the 5000-mile was $171. At most shops, Big Twin service is more expensive than Sporties. The shop rate at my local dealer is $55/hour. If nothing else, life is cheaper in Indiana ... ;)
 

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My 1K service was $175 but the big one is 10K $555 !! I $hi! a brick when I saw that. I'm definatley doing my own service. The only thing that was stopping me was the 10 year warranty I have.
 
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