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1988 883 sportster cam install

Install new cams

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SOURCE: setting new cams on a 883 sportster

witch timing marks the one on the cams or the flywheel if you lined all the cam marks up with the pinion gear your good to go the mark on the flywheel is for ign timing only

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SOURCE: 77 harley sportster is spitting oil out of the cam cover breather

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SOURCE: i put a new cam cover on a 1200 sportster and

You made a mistake when you timed it. Retime using the correct procedure and your bike will start.

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