20 Most Recent 2003 Harley Davidson XL 883 R Sportster Questions & Answers


Hi, Bob since that is a pre-made line you would have to remove a fitting for confirmation, for this scenario you will need your service manual that has all fastener torque specs and a wiring diagram on the back pages, parts fiche, and owners manual if you can not find the best tool you ever bought for your Harley, despair not, for a mere zero $0 you can download another one.
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2003 Harley... | Answered on Apr 25, 2018


Hi, Dwvalerio and the usual suspects are:
1. Severely discharged or a damaged battery should have 12.5 volts or more and be able to pass a proper "LOAD" test if necessary, you may have a preliminary reading of 12.5 volts or more but little or zero amperage the battery is faulty and must be replaced, AGM batteries fail in this scenario more so than lead-acid batteries.
2. Failed alternator/generator and or voltage regulator.
3. Loose or corroded battery terminals and or cables especially the "NEGATIVE" cable, look for loose, corroded, or broken connectors inside the cable harness at "BOTH" ends.
4. Failed main circuit breaker or ignition switch, check for loose connections and continuity.
5. Failed system and or ignition relay, check for continuity.
6. Failed ignition coil, stator, magneto, ignition/electronic module.
7. Failed CKP, CPS, CMP, MAP, TPS, or BAS sensor, corroded, loose or broken wire connector pins/sockets.
8. Throttle cables and or idle speed improperly adjusted hot idle speed should be 950 RPM to 1000 RPM.
9. Faulty neutral, side stand or clutch lever safety switch.
10. Air/fuel mixture screw improperly adjusted.
11. Accelerator pump damaged or not working.
12. Water or dirt in the fuel system, carburetor or filter.
13. Restricted, blocked or kinked fuel line.
14. Fuel tank empty.
15. The gas cap is not venting properly or fuel tank venting system blocked.
16. A failed fuel pump, pressure regulator and or fuel injectors.
17. Vacuum line from intake manifold to petcock broken, cracked, or not attached, carburetor vent line plugged.
18. Needle and seat stuck closed in the float bowl.
19. Lean angle switch is faulty or needs adjustment.
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2003 Harley... | Answered on Nov 05, 2017


Hi, Mark for this scenario you will need your service, parts fiche, and owners manual if you can not find the best tool you ever bought for your Harley, despair not, for a mere zero $0 you can download another one.
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2003 Harley... | Answered on Aug 23, 2017


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2003 Harley... | Answered on Dec 10, 2016


Hi, Hal I took the liberty of polishing up your grammar hope you don't mind you may have a loose battery negative cable where it attaches to the frame or engine otherwise the usual suspects are:
1. Ignition Switch not in the "ON" position.
2. Engine Run Switch in the "OFF" position.
3. Discharged battery, needs to be 12.5 volts or better and be able to pass a load test if necessary.
4. Check the battery terminals for damage or corrosion check the battery cables at "BOTH" ends for loose, corroded, or broken connectors, "INSIDE" and outside the cable harness, perform connector wiggle test and check cables with an ohmmeter if necessary.
5. Tip over sensor needs a reset.
6. Faulty ignition switch.
7. Faulty starter button.
8. Faulty kickstand or clutch pull in switch/sensor.
9. Starter control circuit, relay, or solenoid faulty.
10. Main fuse or circuit breaker may be blown or faulty.
11. Check for engine trouble codes.
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2003 Harley... | Answered on Aug 28, 2016


Repair Manuals Online

The Internet, though, has a large number of web sites where you can buy service manuals and schematics from bookstores, publishers, and other collectors. Here is just a sampling of whatsites are out there:

http://www.clymer.com/
http://www.haynes.com
https://www.howtomotorcyclerepair.com/


2003 Harley... | Answered on Jan 29, 2016


Hi Heybobhey, how about your instrument fuse? Good luck and have nice day.

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2003 Harley... | Answered on Jun 29, 2015


Hi Bigdsullivan, and the usual suspects are:
1. Spark plugs in bad condition or partially fouled.
2. Spark plug cables in bad condition or leaking.
3. Spark plug gap to close or to wide.
4. Faulty ignition coil, module and or sensor.
5. Battery nearly discharged.
6. Damaged wire or loose connections at battery terminals especially the negative cable at "BOTH" ends, ignition coil, or plug between ignition sensor and module.
7. Intermittent short circuit due to damaged wire insulation.
8. Water or dirt in fuel system, carburetor or filter.
9. Fuel tank vent system plugged or carburetor vent line closed off.
10. Carburetor controls misadjusted.
11. Damaged carburetor or intake seals.
12. Loose or dirty ignition module connector at crankcase.
13. Faulty MAP, CKP, and or CMP sensors.
14. Incorrect valve timing.
15. Weak or broken valve springs.
16. Damage intake or exhaust valve.
For a prime suspect please visit website below.
Good luck and have nice day.
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2003 Harley... | Answered on Jun 28, 2015


Hi Joel, start by checking "ALL" your relays for continuity, 1998 and later Sportster models circuit breaker and fuses were located in an electrical bracket behind the starter relay and data link that was mounted behind the left side panel. 1997 and earlier circuit breakers only no fuses were located under the seat and for a free wiring diagram please visit the website below and good luck.
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2003 Harley... | Answered on Jun 26, 2015


Hi Buster, thieves can be very clever in removing engine numbers, you can check with S&S or STD or Zippers to find out where their case numbers are located and if you can't find any numbers any where they probably are HOT cases/engine. If its a Harley engine the numbers will be stamped on the left engine case at the top and also on the inside of the cases. I would go back to who ever you bought it from and start asking some questions about their origin, if they are aftermarket there is a MSO somewhere. Just a heads up if you get pulled over for a minor traffic infraction and law enforcement is having a slow day or just got off on the wrong side of the bed that morning and is very aware of VIN and engine numbers on Harleys he can legally force you to the nearest Harley Dealer to have them pull your engine strip it down to the cases to take possession of the engine cases as stolen property unless you have irrefutable paperwork on said cases. Good luck.

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2003 Harley... | Answered on Jun 14, 2015


Hi Anonymous, always check your instrument fuse before performing the next procedure, try cleaning your speed sensor located on top of the transmissions right side between the top cover and the chrome starter end cap on Twin Cams and on top of the engine case between the rear cylinder and the starter motor for Sportsters. Remove the the bolt that secures the sensor and pull it out of the transmission. Inspect sensor for obvious damage and repace if necessary. If sensor has no damage then wipe clean any obvious contamination like micro fiberous material with a clean rag and reinstall, torque bolt to 8 ft lbs.

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2003 Harley... | Answered on Jun 14, 2015


Hi Ron, and the usual suspects are:
1. Severely discharged or damaged battery.
2. Loose, corroded or broken battery cable.
3. Alternator not charging or below normal rates.
4. Failed ignition coil, ignition/electronic module.
5. Failed CKP, CPS, CMP, MAP, TPS, or BAS sensor.
6. Faulty ignition switch.
7. Water or dirt in fuel system, carburetor or filter.
8. Fuel tank vent system plugged or gas cap not venting.
9. Fuel tank empty.
10. Fuel valve vacuum line broken or carburator vent line closed off.
11. Restricted, blocked or kinked fuel line.
12. Failed fuel pump, pressure regulator and or fuel injectors.
Good luck

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2003 Harley... | Answered on May 29, 2015


Hi Anonymous, contact Vance and Hines. Good luck

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2003 Harley... | Answered on May 12, 2015


Hi Tracey, and the usual suspects are:
1. Fouled spark plugs.
2. Battery voltage below 8.7 volts, loose or broken battery cables especially ground cable to frame.
3. Loose connection at ignition coil or plug between ignition sensor and module.
4. Spark plug cables in bad condition, shorting / leaking, spark plug cable connections loose.
5. Faulty ignition coil or ignition / electronic module
6. Failed CKP, CMP, MAP or BAS sensor.
7. Faulty ignition switch.
For a prime suspect please visit the website below:
Good luck
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2003 Harley... | Answered on May 12, 2015


Hi anonymous, start by removing ,cleaning, and re-installing the speed sensor making sure the wire harness is clean and has a good tight connection. Then go to www.officialharleyparts.com and download a wiring diagram for your year and model. Use a test lite and volt meter to check for continuity and voltage drop. Good luck

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2003 Harley... | Answered on Apr 16, 2015


Hi Hal, harleys are pretty waterproof when it comes to weather so i would check for spark at the plugs first, then see if you can pull up any codes on speedo. Good luck

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2003 Harley... | Answered on Mar 31, 2015


sOUNDS LIKE A tsm OR tssm MATTER . What codes are set???

2003 Harley... | Answered on Oct 17, 2014


You need to run 90+ octane fuel

2003 Harley... | Answered on Aug 21, 2014


I have a similar problem. My builder used dimensional lumber for the joists. I asked him if thet would be sufficiently stiff for tile floors, and he said yes. Then after the cracks started, I asked him why the cracks, but he said he didn't know why. It's not necessarily the subfloor but the combination of joists, subfloor, and concrete backer boards under the tile. If you can access the joists under the floor, perhaps you can reinforce them with additional joists or stiffeners before regrouting.
As for me, I have done neither so far. Wife has not complained, so I spend my spare time helping people on FixYa. Like you, I fear regrouting will just lead to recracking, and I no longer have access to the joists. :o(

By the way, your question was sorted as a Harley Davidson question. You weren't riding you bike in the kitchen, were you?

2003 Harley... | Answered on Oct 31, 2013

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