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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-04-2016, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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should i buy

hi all,new member. looking to buy my first Harley. found a 1989 low rider on craigslist for 3500. its the fxr frame.hasnt been started in over a year. owner says it needs tires, battery,carb cleaned, inspection and tune up. ive read about the porous cases . did this effect all cases in 89? how can I tell? he said he would take 2800 cash if I bought today. I'm sure he will take same any day. considering what all it needs and the porous case issue would it be a good buy vs a dyna of later years 94-98? bike has 35000 miles on it.
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Welcome to the forum. Sounds like a great buy. Go grab that right away.
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Walk in there with 2500. cash and he will probably take it. It will probably need a few other things As you get it running . Things can add up quickly once you get it home especially if you don't hear it run or take it for a ride First
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There's 2 kinds of FXR sellers.

Ones that don't know what they have, and will sell em cheap.

Ones that do know what they have, and will sell them high.

The porous cases were the AMF years, long before the EVO motors.


If it don't look butchered, buy it!

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Porous cases ??? Did I forget something I knew once ?

Disclaimer : Don't believe anything I say unless you are absolutely sure that I know what I'm talking about .
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thanks for sound advice.im still looking at several bikes. wifey says get something you can see and hear run. as big john said things can add up quick. don't mind buying tires and battery but its the other things I'm leary of .is the fxr frame that much better than a dyna frame? idk.
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its the other things I'm leary of .is the fxr frame that much better than a dyna frame? idk.
Yes!

FXR has 3 motor mount points, Dyna only has 2!

FXR frame is more solid due to triangulation.
Designed by Eric Buell!

FXR is better handling.

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Porous cases ??? Did I forget something I knew once ?
Donny Petersen mentions it in his book.

He references EVO cases. I always thought it was an AMF Shovelhead problem.


https://books.google.com/books?id=Tk...0cases&f=false

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