Harley-Davidson XL/XLH Sportster 1986-2003 (Clymer Motorcycle Repair)Paperback

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Harley-Davidson Sportster XL/XLH years 1986-2003 by Penton Staff (Author)

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Comment Rating: 67 of 70  verified purchases



This manual on 86’ – 03’  Harley-Davidson Sportster gives crystal clear explanations and photos of the different components on your bike. You’ll be able to recognize and repair just about every part on your Harley Sportster. This book gives you step by step instructions on how to diagnose problems and how to disassemble and reassemble your Sportster components.



Some drawbacks to the Clymer manual is the fact that the index is hard to understand. It’s a paperback instead of a hardcover. It can be frustrating at times trying to find what you’re looking for in your Harley-Davidson Sportster manual. However, It’s always in there somewhere.

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Product Review

This Harley-Davidson Sportster manual describes and informs you what tools you will need to complete just about any job your Harley Sportster would need. It has complete tear downs on everything you need with a section just on maintenance. You might think you would need to go to a motorcycle mechanic or a Harley dealership like most people do. But I am glad to say – not with this book! If you’re looking for a complete manual, then I have to say Clymer is the way to go!Harley_Davidson_XL_1200120px-Harley_Davidson_XL_1200_02

If you own a Harley Sportster between the years of 1986 – 2003 then you must have this book. It will save you $98/hour with a mechanic and you will only have to pay for parts. Every step you need is clear and easy to understand. It walks you from the beginning right unto the end of each step. This manual covers things like how to replace your clutch and clutch cable as well as adjusting your clutch cable. It’s all here! Clear instructions on how to re-build your carburetors and adjust them. This is a one-way ticket to save yourself hundreds of dollars by following the simple steps outlined within these pages.

Why should I purchase …


Purchasing this manual will allow you to complete your own oil change. If you’re new to D.I.Y. This Harley-Davidson XL/XLH Sportster manual will help you replace alternators, starters, brakes, radiators, your brake fluid and clutch fluid. There is no end to what you will be able to do once you own a copy of this manual. This manual has very clear detailed pictures and nice detailed explanations to help you build the Sportster you always dreamed of. There are colored wiring diagrams to help make the job that much easier. The detail on the electrical troubleshooting help makes repairing even easier. This book works even if you’re a newbie to doing it yourself.


Harley_Davidson_883_Sportster_1997Purchasing the manual for me has been about getting to know my Sportster better and knowing what’s wrong before it’s a huge problem all the while enjoying my bike as long as possible. I have come to respect the manual as more than just a method in which I save money. I like being able to get the job done right and I know with assurance that the job is being done right from every screw and bolt. There is no better feeling than having the assurance  that my wife is safe on her bike. I like to purchase the manual for every new bike and/or car we buy just so I’m able to go and make sure all the bolts, springs, and washers are in place. Whatever it takes to know my loved ones are safe and the manual does that for me and no mechanic or amount of money assures me of that.


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BySatyrboxon April 2, 2012

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I have owned a number of repair and service manuals for many different vehicles and without question the Clymer’s manuals are the most concise, understandable and best-illustrated service guides out there. I would recommend these to anyone performing maintenance on their vehicle from novice to professional. The full-color wiring diagrams are perfect.


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11 Replies to “Harley-Davidson XL/XLH Sportster 1986-2003 (Clymer Motorcycle Repair)Paperback”

    1. Thank Amy!
      Hope you enjoyed visiting. If you ever come across a DIY job and need help locating a manual – come on by and drop a comment or shoot an email. I’ll definitely fill you in on what I can find! -The MK (The Manual King)

  1. Very good description of the manual. You have described the pro and contras, but I think you have more positive feedback, so I would recommend this manual to others. Thank you for the info! 🙂

    1. Thanks for coming by and taking a look around! Yes, the manual does offer a lot of positive reviews. It’s hard to say anything negative about it since it suits many of its buyers’ needs. Come back and visit sometime! You never know, you may come across a manual that you might need! – The MK (The Manual King)

    1. Thanks for coming by and taking a look around Sheni! Working on stuff has always been my niche. Feel free to bookmark and come visit again in case you need help with a DIY job. I appreciate your comment! – The MK (The Manual King)

  2. Incredible! This blog looks just like my old one! It’s on a entirely different topic but it really has just about exactly the same page layout and design. Outstanding selection of colors!

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