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I am trying to identify which model Harley Sportster I have, an XLS or XLH. It is a 1979 model that has been customised over the years, what is the difference so I can identify it? Do I need to use VIN and/or engine numbers to help?

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VIN would give you model for the frame..if same number on motor then the motor has not been swapped out.

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