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philkelly
05-15-2014, 7:39 PM
just picked up an 05 883, what are some upgrades that are a must. im new to harleys, so aside from just cosmetic things what should i look into?

IronheadVic
05-15-2014, 9:27 PM
Being an 05, the previous owner may have taken care of a few things already. Aside from cosmetic, there is breathing, suspension, power, and brakes.

The motor in stock form is starved for air. Get a free flowing air cleaner setup, free flowing exhaust, rejet the carb. This will wake the engine up a little. Progressive fork springs and 15w oil in the forks. The stock brakes are o.k., I haven't upgraded the brakes, personal preference if you want to do it. Lastly is power....for $2000 in parts you can go from 883cc to 1250cc, get ported/polished/flowed heads, new cams, new ignition, and pop wheelies on demand. ha ha.