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I want to change the primary oil in my 03 Hugger 883 .Can I just warm the engine drop the oil and replace it by pouring fresh oil through the small inspection cover or do I need to take the derby cover off to check the levels etc

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I never pull the derby cover unless I have to fix something. I do exactly what you described and have for 20 years. Never had a problem.

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How do i drain the oil on a 1993 sportster 883 hugger

Harley has changed the location of the oil drain on Sportsters so many times it's hard to keep up with. Look on the left hand side down low on the frame behind the primary. The hose simply plugs onto a stub on the frame.

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Aug 07, 2011 | 1993 Harley Davidson XLH Sportster 883

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Knocking sound at the left side of the crankcase when i open the crankcase i found out that the chain and the clutch were so dry no lubricant...What is the problem the oilpump or the oil line was clugged...

On your Sportster, the primary oil is not fed by the oil pump. It is not even part of the oiling system of your bike. You manually put the oil in the primary by pouring it in the hole where you check your primary chain tension. The maintenance schedule on your bike suggest that the oil in the primary be changed every 5000 miles. The primary holds approximately a quart of oil. The oil that lubricates your primary also lubricates your transmission. So, if your primary case was dry, your transmission was running dry as well.

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Jun 04, 2011 | 1993 Harley Davidson XLH Sportster 883

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Trying to take out my clutch cable to replace the seals because it leaks bad. so i took out all the screws around and the the little plate to pour the oil in and the big nut at the bottom. so what else do...

You have to take the small plate at the clutch off. Remove the plate and take the spring and locknut out. Inside you'll see a screwdriver slot. Turn this screw clockwise while gently pulling on the primary cover. If all the screws are out of the primary case it will come off as you turn the screw out. You'll have to turn the screw the other way to get it back on.

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Feb 16, 2011 | 1993 Harley Davidson XLH Sportster 883...

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How can i tell if i have a sportster hugger or just a sportster 883?

The difference between the 883 and the hugger were very small. the hugger came stock with buck horn handlebars and a shorter suspension. the differences are still noticeable today between a standard 883 and and 883 low.
  • Hugger model made even lower
  • Standardized hand controls
  • Production Information:
  • XLH 883 $4,499
  • XLH 883 'Hugger' $5,075
  • XLH 883 'Sportster Deluxe' $5,559
  • XLH 1,200 $6,400
also check your vin number if you have and 883 it should read 1hd4cam........ or for a hugger 1hd4cem....

Jan 14, 2011 | Harley Davidson XLH Sportster 883...

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Bob, I'll be glad to help. If the plug you took out was at the lowest point of the primary housing on the left side of the bike, you indeed drained the transmission and primary. They are both lubricated with the same oil. You need to put a quart of oil back into the primary through the inspection hole at the top of the primary cover. Use a Harley Davidson recommended fluid.

Now, to drain the oil, look for a large diameter hose that plugs onto the frame somewhere below the battery on the right hands side of the bike. They've usually got one of those hose clamps that take the "hose clamp pliers" to open. This will drain the oil. If you're still not sure, contact me directly at this address. wd4ity at

Good luck and thanks for your service

May 31, 2010 | 2003 Harley Davidson XLH Sportster 883...

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How do i change my engune oil

Warm up the bike first. On Evolution Sportster's, be sure to change the filter the same time you change oil. The oil may be drained from the tank, by locating a blanked-off hose behind the transmission case, near the frame. Remove the plug and drain into a proper container. One problem with Sportster's (and other HD engines) is that some old oil is always left in the system. You can eject some of this by taking off the plug wires and cranking the engine to expel old oil back into the tank, and hence to drain line. Don't crank the engine more than 30 sec. to avoid damage. Never run engine W/O oil in the system. Recycle old motor oil !!

Mar 14, 2010 | 1993 Harley Davidson XLH Sportster 883...

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I have a 03 883 sportster cranks over but doesn't fire

Are you getting spark? I know this seems obvious but check the kill switch if this particular model has one.

Sep 05, 2009 | 2003 Harley Davidson XLH Sportster 883...

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Oil light on when in neutral

with engine off and key on the oil light should be on i would think all my vehicles do it..oz

Jul 24, 2009 | 2003 Harley Davidson XLH Sportster 883...

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Tans oil change

Maybe this would help and get the HD factory manual also.

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