I have a shovelhead 80 cui engine and where the ID #'s on right side of case, the ID #'s are 4 or 5 stars, can anyone tell me were the engine numbers are? and what is the meaning of these stamped stars.
That was more than likely sold as an over the counter replacement engine. I bought one like that from Budiler's H-D in Los Angeles back in the '70's. We referred to its four stars by calling it the general.
Thanks Chris. I bought this bike many years ago and never match the numbers and one day I looked at the right side to match ID numbers to frame and to my surprise only stamped stars. Pink has same frame number & engine #'s. I thought the same, as a replacement motor somewhere along the way. I 've asked around and some said it was a CHP bike or Military bike. How would I register if I put in another frame without motor numbers, here in Calif. & my CHP is a @ick and everything he inspects is in his mind stolen & looks at you as a future inmate.
In the late shovelhead era the engine numbers were moved to the left case at the cylinder base. The former number area on the right case was stamped with the stars until such time that HD 'rounded off' that flat in the early Evo's. I forget the exact year. Replacement cases ordered during this time were also starred on the right case.
One year update on location of my SH ID#s Jerry W was right, found ID#s at left side cylinder base & not at right side like almost others have, mine had 4 stars. Factory stamped, This is the only one I have ever seen. Thanks Jerry W