This is my new-to me 2004 Softail Standard. I need to polish it up, swap out those bars and put on a less accommodating passenger seat and do...SOMETHING about all the gray engine parts (although they honestly don't look all that bad with the blue paint).
I'll chime in here.
It started life that way.
Was bought in 99. Stolen in 00. Engine, transmission and what was left of the frame bolted to it was retrieved from a chop shop in 02.
Original owner got it back and started buying pieces. New frame here, wheel there, tank, etc, etc.
Found a wiring harness online. Bought it. Plugging it in and noticed scratches, dirt marks, paint marks, etc lined up. It is the original harness.
Stepping forward. He wasn't a mechanically inclined fellow. I purchased a somewhat running roller around 08 with 16000 on the clock.
I've done lights, wiring, rear fat boy wheel, brake's, bitch bar, port and polish heads, big valves, big springs, S&S gear drive, cams, carb, suspension.
Dyno say's 82HP/93Lbs.
Running Metzler 880's. Love them in rain, snow and dry asphalt. Gravel roads not so much. Dirt roads OK.
888 rear on now. Slippery sumbitch. Never again.
880 rear usually lasts a season. More if you don't mind cords. Got two seasons out of my last one.
888 wears like iron. But Slippery. Hard braking locks it up easy. Kicking you sideways.
Careful in rain.
My 03 FXST.
Progressive front end, lowered
Legend Air Ride in rear
Stage one upgrade, re-jetted carb
Short handlebars on Duce risers
Hooker 2 into 1 header
I spray powder coating with silicon once a year to keep it looking new. Bought for investment :hystria: this bike has less than 9k and is almost broken in. Front end will surprisingly pop up in second!
After a good cleaning (03 FXST), I spray my silver powder coating with silicon spray once a year as suggested by a mechanic at the HD dealer I bought from. 13 years and counting. Powder coating is doing better than the chrome on my heatshield.