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    I’ve had sportsters but my 1992 fxr is my baby!
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    I have the 1984 sales brochure. It shows all the Sportsters : XLX 61, XLH 1000 and XR 1000 as Shovelheads.
    1984 was the first year for Evo engines and it was only available in a few models : FXRS, FXRT, FXST, FLTC and FLHTC.
    Must have been 1985.
    In 1991 you could get a chain drive XLH Sportster 883 and XLH Sportster Hugger.
    The Deluxe 883 and the 1200 Sportsters had belt drive.
    By 1994 all Sportsters had belt drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarlinManCB45/70 View Post
    was it 1984 or 1985 the evo engine was sold in the shovelhead swingarm framed low rider?
    Both years, and I have seen some with chain and some with belt. Aficionados think one year is set in stone, but truthfully you never really knew what you were going to get the first two years of evo production.
    Quote Originally Posted by Raginbull44 View Post
    I’ve had sportsters but my 1992 fxr is my baby!
    Jesus rides an FXR. Nuff said.
    Quote Originally Posted by ardenkent View Post
    I have the 1984 sales brochure. It shows all the Sportsters : XLX 61, XLH 1000 and XR 1000 as Shovelheads.
    1984 was the first year for Evo engines and it was only available in a few models : FXRS, FXRT, FXST, FLTC and FLHTC.
    Must have been 1985.
    In 1991 you could get a chain drive XLH Sportster 883 and XLH Sportster Hugger.
    The Deluxe 883 and the 1200 Sportsters had belt drive.
    By 1994 all Sportsters had belt drive.
    Those sportster in 84 and 85 would be Ironheads, not shovelheads. Big difference. First year of evo sportster was 1986.
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    thanks for clearing that up for me. i thought they were the same thing.
    As you said there were no Evolution engines in Sportsters until 1986!

    So the answer to Marlins' question is neither '84 or '85, it had to be '86 until...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ardenkent View Post
    thanks for clearing that up for me. i thought they were the same thing.
    As you said there were no Evolution engines in Sportsters until 1986!

    So the answer to Marlins' question is neither '84 or '85, it had to be '86 until...?
    Evo big twin and evo sportster are two different engines, and replaced the shovelhead big twin, and the ironhead.

    Early 84 and 85 Harley was still using up shovel head parts. For example, most early evo's used shovelhead flywheels and similar parts. They still made the FXE and FXEF except with an evo shoved in the frame. FXR was the rubber mount FX at the time.


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