2000 Harley Davidson XL Sportster 883 - Answered Questions & Fixed issues

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2000 Harley... | Answered on Oct 07, 2018 | 142 views

Hi, this is a fairly technical process as the compnents will probably have to be checked for damage prior to rebuilding the engine.
A head gasket usually blows because of excess ive heat build up. This can cause warping/cracking/ and other damage to components. It should really be carried out by by a technically experienced person.

2000 Harley... | Answered on Jun 29, 2015 | 185 views

What year is it. You posted under 2000 Sportster.

Nevertheless: VOES uses vacuum to switch between two MAPS. What is your porblem or question?

2000 Harley... | Answered on Oct 16, 2014 | 247 views

You would likely be better to post this in the Kawaski sectin rather than the Harley-Davidson section.

2000 Harley... | Answered on Oct 16, 2014 | 97 views

What are the problems and whay are the symptoms????

2000 Harley... | Answered on Aug 29, 2014 | 95 views

"Lost of spark" is not a question and if you want a question answered I am afraid that you will need to post what your question/problem is and a history of what was going on when the problem arose and before the problem arose etc.

2000 Harley... | Answered on Aug 29, 2014 | 103 views

Sounds like you're overfilling the oil tank. Always check the oil with the bike on the stand. There are two marks on the oil dipstick. The upper mark is "FULL HOT" and the lower mark is "FULL COLD". Keep the oil level between the two marks and never "top off" the tank when the engine and oil is cold. As long as you see oil on the dipstick, ride the bike until the engine is at full operating temp and the only add oil if it is below the lower mark. Never fill it to the top mark. Your Sportster holds three quarts of oil that is pumped into the engine and then back out. The 1983-1985 XR1000 Sportsters, the hot rod Harleys as they were called, on held two quarts of oil. I've seen hill climbers that had custom oil tanks on them that only held a pint of oil. As long as you can see oil on that dipstick, you have enough oil. If you're getting so much crankcase blow by that your blowing oil out of the tank breather tube, you need to run a compression or leak down test on the engine to check for ring wear. Also, I've seen bikes do that when the needle and seat in the carb was bad or the accelerator pump diaphragm bad. Smell of the oil. Does it smell like gasoline? If so, you have carburetor problems and gasoline is running into your engine diluting the oil and adding volume to it.

Good Luck

2000 Harley... | Answered on Aug 15, 2014 | 793 views

Why was battery replaced? Did bike start when previous battery was good?

2000 Harley... | Answered on Jul 21, 2014 | 74 views

Look on the underside of the clutch perch (mount).
There's an "E" clip on the end of the pivot pin.


Remove this clip, and you can push pivot pin up and out of the clutch lever/mounting.

2000 Harley... | Answered on Apr 12, 2014 | 170 views

Possible fault with the switching unit. Please check the line to the switcher unit from the hand control switch and if this is good then the switcher is faulty , if not the cluster switch at the hand control can be faulty.

2000 Harley... | Answered on Jun 07, 2012 | 209 views

try checking the gang plug under the rear of the motor I have found a couple of times there seems to be a problem from the factory with this plug, the wires for the spark control do not mate very well and give a bad headache to those trying to find a solution. look at them real close usualy the male one will be smashed flat and not go into the female side.i havent had an issue since I found this problem and put on new male and female side pins and plugs.

2000 Harley... | Answered on May 02, 2012 | 416 views

Did you change the sensor in the timer cavity on the right side of the engine? It's behind the round plate on the cam chest cover. If still original, there are two rivets holding the cover on. Carefully drill the heads off the rivets. Do not drill any deeper than that. Once the plate comes off, you'll see the Hall effect sensor in the cavity. Mark the plate and the inside of the timer cavity so that you can remove the old plate and get a new sensor in the cavity in EXACTLY the same position. There is a plug underneath the engine that you will have to take the wires out of to get them out of the small hole. DO NOT USE STANDARD POP RIVETS TO SECURE THE PLATE BACK OVER THE TIMER CAVITY HOLE. These are special rivets that you can get from you dealership. Or, you can put an aftermarket plate that uses screws instead of rivets in the holes.

Good Luck

2000 Harley... | Answered on Sep 05, 2011 | 192 views

Contact me directly at [email protected] and I'll send you a scanned copy of the wiring diagram of your bike. You need to find your starter relay. There is a red wire that goes to it directly from the ignition switch. You need to check for voltage. Then there is another wire that comes from the start switch and a wire that goes to the backside of the starter. If you have a test light, find the single small green wire that plugs onto the backside of the starter. Put your test light into this wire, turn the ignition switch on, and press the start button. It should light the test light. If not, your problem is back up the line from there. If it does, your problem is in the starter. I've looked at the schematics and I can find no link between the headlight not working and starter not working. Have you checked the instrument lights and the tail light? Make sure you check the fuses using the test light. With the ignition switch on, they should have power on BOTH ends of the fuses.

Good Luck

2000 Harley... | Answered on Aug 22, 2011 | 491 views

I'd check the battery first. I've seen the post break loose from the batteries in many Sportsters and leave them dead on the road. I've only seen this happen once on a Big Twin. Why? I have no idea. If nothing on the bike works, this may be the problem. If everything else works but it just won't start, I need more information. Does the starter engage and the engine turn over?


2000 Harley... | Answered on Aug 12, 2012 | 427 views

brake horsepower of the motor before anything is connected to it ie: exhaust, gearbox etc.

2000 Harley... | Answered on Aug 06, 2011 | 41 views

Yes, you do have to drill the heads off the rivets to get the cover off the timer cavity. Drill just enough to get the heads off the rivets with a large diameter drill bit. Before you remove the old ignition unit, mark the unit and the inside of the timer cavity so that you can install the new unit in EXACTLY the same position. This way you'll get the timing right. Do not use standard rivets to reinstall the cover plate. They are special rivets. Standard rivets will allow the broke piece to drop into the timer cavity and destroy your igniton system. You can get the rivets from you local dealer or you can replace the cover with a decorative aftermarket cover that uses screws instead of rivets.

Good Luck

2000 Harley... | Answered on Jul 30, 2011 | 823 views

Well, this is an impossible question to answer. There are simply too many variables that one must consider not to mention the unknowns. I've seen the bikes with as much as 75K miles on the bottom end running well. Top ends need freshening up from time to time. Depending on how a person rides the bike has a lot to do with how often this has to be done.


2000 Harley... | Answered on Jul 06, 2011 | 373 views

Change the light

2000 Harley... | Answered on Jun 28, 2011 | 95 views

you are going to have to go over your wiring junction areas looking for a bad groung and also check out your fuses.
unless you have the proper testing gear this will be hard to spot and it may be easier to take it to a dealer

2000 Harley... | Answered on Jun 17, 2011 | 212 views

If you have two wires that go to the turn signal and they don't work one way. You could try them switched around.
This is for a turn signal that is NOT also a running light. (Yellow Lens to Rear)
Use a test light and turn on the turn signal test both wires with the test light clipped to the ground or chassis of the bike. The wire that causes the light to blink will be the positive or hot side. That wire should attach to the bottom of the bulb.
The other wire is the Ground or common and that should attach to the side of the bulb holder.

2000 Harley... | Answered on Jun 07, 2011 | 960 views

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