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Tech | 10K Mile Service on 2013 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Iron

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10K Service

10k Service

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Proper maintenance is key to ensuring longevity and reliability with your motorcycle. For that very reason, OEMs have a set maintenance schedule based on mileage that should be followed. A dealer can typically perform these for you at a cost, but if you’re handy and follow all the steps, it can be done at home. You will need a proper manual to ensure each step is done to factory specifications. We chose to use Scotty’s Speed Metal in Huntington Beach, California, to show the steps.

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Drain the oil from the motor and transmission. Also remove the oil filter.

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Remove the derby cover to access the clutch.

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You will need to remove the footpeg mount.

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Remove the chain inspection cover.

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To adjust chain turn chain adjuster, screw clockwise to reduce free play or counterclockwise to increase free play of the chain.

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Loosen the clutch adjuster until there is slack in the clutch cable and free play at the lever.

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Properly adjust the clutch to ensure engagement and lever feel. This is crucial, so consult a manual for proper procedure.

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Remove the spark plugs and inspect for wear.

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Check for proper gap with gauge and to make sure the plugs are firing properly. A spark can tell a lot about what’s going on inside our motor.

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Replace the O-ring on the drain plug before replacing.

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Partially fill the oil filter with new oil, and run a small amount around the rubber seal.

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Replace the oil filter. Do not over-tighten.

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Partially refill the oil according to your make and model. Do not add all the oil just yet.

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Add 1 quart of oil through clutch inspection cover, opening until the lubricant reaches the bottom of clutch diaphragm spring. Replace the derby cover and inspection plate.

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Remove the air filter and check. Use air to gently clean out or replace filter if too dirty.

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Check rear brake pad wear and make sure there is sufficient material and even wear.

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Check belt tension and adjust using site window.

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Place motorcycle on lift and remove pressure from rear tire.

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Check exhaust and motor mounts for excessive play and tighten if necessary.

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Check rear wheel alignment.

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Check all front wheel axle and brakes fittings and torque to spec.

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Check rear brake master cylinder fluid level.

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Inspect fuel fittings for leaks or corrosion.

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Check tightness of all critical fasteners, riser, and handlebars.

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Check exhaust bolts and torque to spec.

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Check foot controls and torque to specs.

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Check kickstand, spring, and return mechanism.

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Check both tires for wear, punctures, and set to proper pressure.

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Check all suspension connections and torque to spec.

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Inspect battery for corrosion and connections.

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Check operation of all electrical equipment and switches.

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Check battery for proper voltage both at idle and while running.

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Add final amount of oil to proper levels and road test.

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Source: Scotty’s Speed Metal & Fabrication scottysspeedmetal.com


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