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suicideshovel65

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Post Sat Feb 16, 2008 9:36 pm

K model vs Sportster forks

Hi guys, can anyone tell me when the switch to straight rather than stepped lower sliders took place? I have what appears to be an original early XLCH front end (embossed "XLCH" on lower clamp cover?), but it has the straight lower sliders which I had always thought to be K model. It's the one on the left in the pic below. Thanks!

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thefrenchowl

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Post Sun Feb 17, 2008 6:09 am

Re: K model vs Sportster forks

Hi, Suicideshovel,

The stepped legs are 45944-68A: left, 45946-68A: right, so introduced on 68 XLH/XLCH.

They did not last long as they changed again in 70 by deleting the fender cast stays at the bottom.

Patrick
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suicideshovel65

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Post Sun Feb 17, 2008 4:53 pm

Re: K model vs Sportster forks

Thanks Patrick! any ideas on the embossed XLCH lower clamp cover?

Sorry for the questions, and thanks for your help!
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Post Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:18 pm

Re: K model vs Sportster forks

Hi Suicide Shovel,

Bottom tree chrome cover was introduced in 1964.

Patrick
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suicideshovel65

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Post Tue Feb 19, 2008 1:08 pm

Re: K model vs Sportster forks

Thanks Patrick - I'm still missing a couple of the bridging parts manuals.

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