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Originally Posted by Durango Dave View Post
So true. I knew that and wasn't thinking when I posted that. No lowers, no radiator. Thanks.

Thanks to all of you pointing out corrections.
Oh, the 2014 and up Electra Glide Ultra Classic has lowers.
At a quick glance, it is hard to tell the difference between an Ultra Classic and an Ultra Limited
Ultra Classic = No radiator
Ultra Limited = Radiator

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of course the "Electra-Glide" was just the addition of a starter, bigger battery and a changed primary to a bike which dates back to the 1936 EL...so not a game changer but part of the evolution of the big twin model

here's my '53 which looks much the same as the first EG, no rear shocks, different headlight shroud and kicker, but very much the same.





the Evolution motor bikes shared hundreds of parts to models dating back decades, some all the way to the 30's.

you may be interested in the superglide/low rider which was a sportster front end on a big twin FLH frame


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Originally Posted by mkguitar View Post
of course the "Electra-Glide" was just the addition of a starter, bigger battery and a changed primary to a bike which dates back to the 1936 EL...so not a game changer but part of the evolution of the big twin model

here's my '53 which looks much the same as the first EG, no rear shocks, different headlight shroud and kicker, but very much the same.

the Evolution motor bikes shared hundreds of parts to models dating back decades, some all the way to the 30's.


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That's a nice bike.
The Electra Glide, Road Glide, Road King and other big twins are all similar except for fairings and other bolt-ons.
 
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Hey when did the Electra Glide stop using chain drive and go to belt? 1980?
 
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Originally Posted by Durango Dave View Post
That's a nice bike.
The Electra Glide, Road Glide, Road King and other big twins are all similar except for fairings and other bolt-ons.
yes plastic, speakers and badgers ( trim) - otherwise all the same

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Originally Posted by Durango Dave View Post
Hey when did the Electra Glide stop using chain drive and go to belt? 1980?
1985 had a belt. there was an enclosed chain in 84.
 
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Major change for maintenance with the Electa Glide, You no longer had to loosen and move the Transmission for Primary chain adjustment, which then meant you also had to adj the drive chain.
 
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Major change for maintenance with the Electa Glide, You no longer had to loosen and move the Transmission for Primary chain adjustment, which then meant you also had to adj the drive chain.
actually faster I think, nothing needs to be opened up just remove the primary inspection cover to gauge the tension.
loosen locknut and tranny bolts, adjust tranny, lock it down, adjust rear axle for drive chain

Been running a primo belt in the stock tins on the green bike for about 15 years-

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actually faster I think, nothing needs to be opened up just remove the primary inspection cover to gauge the tension.
loosen locknut and tranny bolts, adjust tranny, lock it down, adjust rear axle for drive chain

Been running a primo belt in the stock tins on the green bike for about 15 years-

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Yes, that would be fun to time one day... and actually, they did away with the derby cover, now I have to pull the whole cover on the 69 to adj the clutch. seems maintenance could be a step backwards.
 
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I love that I can look at my 2013 Electa Glide Classic (last year) and see very similar aspects dating back to the originals. Truly a Classic machine. Great thread!

 

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