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Thread: Early Sportster Frame ID

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    Default Early Sportster Frame ID

    Picked up a Sporty frame that is supposed to be 1957. How do I tell?

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    The date code would be a good indication.
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    As Chris says, the date code is your first reference point. It is on the seat mounting casting, right side.
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    The 1957 frame will have the numeric digit first and the letter second. (example 7 D) The later frames such a a 1967 frame will appear as D 7. The 1957 frame could also have a 6 numeric digit followed by the letter. There are other characteristics, if you can post a picture of it would be best.
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    1959 XLCH

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    OK--Mine has 9A so that would be 1959. So next question--what is a fair price and is anyone interested. Looks to be in good condition.

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    Condition is everything, Is it an xl or xlch frame? Post pictures, it's the only way you'll get an accurate value.
    1959 XLCH

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    Quote Originally Posted by murph View Post
    Condition is everything, Is it an xl or xlch frame? Post pictures, it's the only way you'll get an accurate value.
    Unfortunately I am computer illiterate and do not know how to even start to put a picture on this site. Can put them on eBay. Someday when someone has 8 hours to spare, they can explain it to me. Is there something that I can look at to determine xl or xlch?

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    Default Sportster frame ID

    What can you decide on this number? Thanks, Gary
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    Go to www.photobucket.com and open a FREE account. Upload your picture there. Once uploaded go to your library and copy the IMG code. Paste the IMG code here and wallah, you have pictures. No resizing necessary.
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    Better pictures maybe ! Thanks, Gary
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