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Hello, everyone.
This is not only my first post on here, but this is my first bike as well.
I've recently acquired a 1973 xlh sportster and I've been tinkering with it a lot. I decided I wanted to hardtail it. Before I even touch anything like that, I would love some advice on the subject.

I'm somewhat mechanically inclined but as I said, this is my first bike, so I don't want to assume anything about it.

Any special tools I'll need? Little things I'll need to do?
Thanks in advance.
 

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You can buy hardtails that bolt on, so it should be relatively easy as long as the hardtail is well-made. I believe you'll need a longer chain and rear brake rod, and you will probably want a new oil tank, battery box, rear fender, fender brace/sissy bar, and seat.
 

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I think before actually installing the hardtail I would bolt on a pair of struts in place of the shocks to see if you'll be satisfied with the ride. It might save you a pain in the ass !
 

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Yea, bolt some struts on it and try the rigid ride for a while. Then you can put the shocks back on. That '73 XL has enough "character" already.
 
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