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    Default 1964 XLH oil lines

    Hi, I am starting a restoration on a 1964 XLH. My question is regarding the hard oil lines that thread into the rocker boxes. My XLCH's all have a straight oil line on the front cylinder and the oil line on the rear cylinder has a bend in it, which I always assumed was for magneto clearance when you turn the mag during starting.

    I assumed that an XLH would use a straight oil line on both cylinders since they don't use a magneto, but my parts book shows the curved rear line on both the XLH and XLCH. Can anyone confirm which line should be on my rear cylinder (straight or curved)? Thanks.
    -Jerry

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    The parts book shows the rear oil line with the bend in it, 17324-58 was used on 1958-1964 XLH, XLCH.
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    Thanks Chris. I also saw that in the parts book, but it just doesn't make sense to me for the XLH to use the curved rear oil line. I don't understand the purpose of it on an XLH since they don't need the magneto clearance. Is it possible that the parts book could have a mistake?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sportster Jerry View Post
    Thanks Chris. I also saw that in the parts book, but it just doesn't make sense to me for the XLH to use the curved rear oil line. I don't understand the purpose of it on an XLH since they don't need the magneto clearance. Is it possible that the parts book could have a mistake?
    Factory photos show it on XLH's. I guess that is a mistake too.
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    If you have a factory photo I would love to see it and settle this once and for all. None of the photos I have are close-up enough to see the oil lines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sportster Jerry View Post
    If you have a factory photo I would love to see it and settle this once and for all. None of the photos I have are close-up enough to see the oil lines.
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    In 1969 I bought a 1961 Sportster with less than 8,000 miles from the original owner (still have it). I'm certain the top end had never been off the bike. It had two straight oil lines.

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    Moon Wolf,
    What model?
    Robbie
    Robbie Knight Amca #2736

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    It was, and still is, a 1961 XLH

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    Default XLCH oil lines

    My 1964 has the curved (indented) oil line. In fact it is for mag clearance when rotating. It is level w/the ground (kill switch pole) as shown in pic.
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