FAQs

This is a quick list of Auto Body frequently asked questions:

 

Are water based paints as good as the old solvent ones?

A: Yes, they are even better in some ways as the old technologies were. They are easier and faster to work with and color match is often better. Cars from the factory have been painted with those paints for a long time now. This is probably why we have an easier time blending into the new finishes with the waterborne stuff.

 

What are those letter designations mean in the Harley model line-up?

A: Its a little complicated and not always obvious to put these letters together… however, there is a general guideline for it that goes as follows:

The first letter of the model designator reveals the engine series:

First character:
G – Servicar three wheeler, 1937 to 1972
E – Overhead valve 61 cubic inch “big twin” (Engine/trans separated)
F – Overhead valve 74, 80, 88, 96 or 103 cubic inch “big twin”
K – Side valve 45 and 55 cubic inch sports bike that replaced the WL in
1953 and was replaced by the Sportster in 1957. It had many design
features that were carried over to the Sportster.
U – Side valve 74 or 80 cubic inch “big twin”
V – Side valve 74 cubic inch 1930-36. (Also 1935-36 VLH, VHS 80)
W – Side valve 45 cubic inch made 1937 to 1952
X – Sports and special construction. Applied to 1918-1922 opposed twin
Sport, 1944 military opposed twin, and 1957 to present Sportster.

The second letter of the model designator reveals the Front end (except sportsters):

X – Narrow tire and sport forks.
L – Wide front tire and Hydra-Glide front forks.

The third letter of the model designator reveals the frame style:

D – “Dyna” frame (with the rubber mounted motor). Note that precursors such as FXRs skip this third letter completely… Basically stating, big twin (F), Narow sport front end (X) and Rubber mounted engine (R)….
HT – “Highway Touring” frame
ST – “Softail” frame

The next letter(s) indicates the model bike within the frame family:

A – Military (Army) version (except GA, Servicar without tow bar)
B – Battery start (early models), Belt drive (early 80’s) Black paint.(1995-6 model, the Bad Boy)
C – Classic, Competition, Custom, various others meanings.
D – Dyna, the newest frame and engine mount design.
DG – Disc Glide
E – Electric start
F – Foot shift (when the standard was hand-shift) and now “Fat Boy┬«”
H – varied between High performance, hand shift and Heavy duty.
I – Signifies Fuel Injection.
L – Big fat front tire
LR- Low Rider (though many Low Riders don’t include LR in the model ID)
N – Nostalgia
P – Police version
R – Rubber mounted engine (some models) racing version (other models)
ST- Soft Tail
S – Springer
S – (without following T) Sports version
T – Touring
WG – Wide Glide
X – Sportster or sportster-type front end and Skinny front tire.

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