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I have an '04 Fatboy and work in a dealership. Swapping the oil tank is not fun! There is very little clearance for tools and your hands! If you decide to try it yourself, get a service manual. It will make the job a little easier, with the steps you need to take to remove the tank. Or, get a service manual and read how to do it and decide if you want to tackle this job yourself.
remove upper engine cover,disconnect battery ground cable,remove throttle cable and cruise control cable from throttle body.remove intake manifold by gently lifting at throttle body end.should be enough clearance to get to starter
changing plugs on these trucks is tough at the best of times.you need to remove the inside cover to gain access to the rear most plugs(rear 2 plugs on both sides),sometimes you have to remove the front two plugs on the drivers side from the front from under the hood.the front plug on the passenger side is removed from under the hood like the drivers side front plugs.there is very little room to do this job so patience and a cool head is veerry important.at times i have replaced the plugs on the passenger side from under the truck.
Hope this is not your first, if it is you picked a tough one to learn on. Here goes:1 disconnect negative battery cable 2 Raise and support the car, a lift is the best tool for the job here, but you can do this on jackstands, they just need to be tall ones at least 2 feet of clearance under the car. 3 Install engine holding fixture, this supports the back of the engine when you remove the crossmember and trans.4 remove left front wheel, seperate ball joint remove drive axle retaining nut then remove drive axle from transaxle by prying at joint closest to transaxle. Do not pull on the outer joint or you will pull the inner joint apart. 5 place transmission jack under transaxle pan. 6 remove bolts from crossmember then remove the crossmember 7 remove inspection cover then remove three torque converter bolts 8 remove transmission cooling lines from fittings on transmission 9 remove shift cable 10 unplug 4 wire plug from front side of transmission 11 remove 6 bolts from bell housing 12 remove speedometer cable 13 remove three bolts from around right hand drive axle, then pry axle loose from transmission. You do not need to remove axle from car, just let it hang.14 pull transmission away from engine far enough to disengage the alignment dowels and finish pulling right hand drive axle from transmission housing then lower the transmission to the floor 15 pull transmission from under vehicle.
you can pry the engine over.. there will be just enough clearance to get
it passed the frame... just be carefull when prying it over not to slip cause you'll break the water pump on installation if the engine rocks back.
This is straight out of the Harley service manual. I think a lot of this makes sense once you start pulling things apart but some might cause you a little grief, My advice is get a service manual. Good luck.
1)disconnect negative battery cable. 2)Remove primary cover, (that's the primary chain case cover). 3)Bend tab on lockplate away from head of jackshaft bolt. Hold pinion gear in place and remove jackshaft bolt lockplate and thrust washer. 4)Remove screw and end cover from starter. 5)Remove oil tank to provide clearance for the starter removal. 6)Remove both starter mounting bolts and washers. This includes detaching the engine ground cable 7)remove protective boot. Remove nut with washer. a)remove positive battery cable ring terminal. b)remove circuit breaker wire ring terminal. c)detach solenoid wire. 8)Remove starter from right side of motor.