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The bulk of knowledge contained below is very accurate, however some variations may occur. This information is gathered from a variety of sources and compiled by the editor of this website.

Section One: Big Twins

Mid 1930's - 1969

Engine number is the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) and is located on left case.
No frame number.
First two numbers are the year.     48EL5719
Letters  are the model.      48EL5719

G , GE - Servi Car Side valve 45 cubic inch three wheeler, 1932 to 1972
E , EL- Overhead valve 61 cubic inch
F , FL- Overhead valve 74 cubic inch
K - Side valve 45 and 55 cubic inch
U , UL- Side valve 74 or 80 cubic inch
V , VL- Side valve 74 cubic inch made prior to 1936
W , WL,- Side valve 45 cubic inch made 1934 to 1952


Last numbers are the production number.    48EL5719 




1970 - 1980 

Numbers on both frame and engine.  The legal vin number is on the frame (on steering neck).
First two digits are model code. (See Below)      1A77690H4


UPDATE (3F) reported as found in 1979 Shovelhead

   1A     FL or FLP 1200
1H FXB - 80Sturgis (Belt)
 1K    FLH - 80 Shrine
2A   FLH 1200
2C  FX 1200Superglide Kick start
2F FXS 1200
2H CLE - 80
3G   FLH - 80
3H  FLH - 80 Classic
5E FXEF 1200
5H FLHS - 80
5G FLT
6E FXEF - 80
6G   FXE - 80  Superglide Electric Start
6H FL - 80
7G   FXS - 80
7H    FLH 1200 Police
8H FLH 1200 Shrine
9D FXE 1200
9G   FXWG - 80Wide Glide
9H  FLH - 80 Police

Third through seventh numbers are the production numbers.    1A77690H4
Last two digits are the year code as described below.   1A77690H4

1970 H0
1971 H1
1972  H2
1973  H3
1974 H4
1975 H5
1976 H6
1977 H7
1978 H8
1979 H9
1980 J0
 

1981 and later

17 digit vin# number on frame. Abbreviated vin# on engine.
Example ,frame # =1HD1BFK11BY127956. Engine # would be BFKB117956

1st digit >1< Made in USA    1HD1BFK11BY127956
2nd/3rd >HD< Harley Davidson  1HD1BFK11BY127956
4th digit >1< Heavy Weight (4=Light Weight,8=Side Car) 1HD1BFK11BY127956
5th/6th Model Designation (See Below)   1HD1BFK11BY127956

AA  FLH - 80
AB  FLHP 80 Police Chain
AC FLH - 80 Shrine Chain
AE  1981 FLT
AD   FLH Classic
AF  1981 FLTC
AG FLH Classic w/ Side Car
AH   FLHP - 80 Police Belt Deluxe
AJ   FLH 80 Heritage
AK   FLHS - 80
AL   FLH - 80 Shrine Belt
BA   FXE - 80  Superglide Electric Start
BB   FXEF - 80  Fatbob
BC   FXS - 80Low Rider
BD   FXB - 80  Sturgis (Belt)
BE   FXWG - 80
BF FXSB - 80
BH  FXST  Softail Standard
BG  FXDG - 80
BJ  FLSTC Heritage Classic
BK  FXSTC  Softail Custom
BL   FXSTS  Springer Softail
BM   FLSTF  Fat Boy
BN   FLSTN  Nostalgia
BP   FXSTSB BadBoy
BR   FLSTS  Heritage Springer Softail
BS   FXSTD  Softail Deuce
BT   FXSTB  Night Train
DA   FLT 82 - 83  Rubber Mount Dresser
DB   FLTC  Rubber Mount Dresser Classic
DC   FLHT Electra Glide Standard
DD   FLHTC
DE  FLHTC W/sidecar
DF   FLHTP Police Fairing
DG   FLHTC Shrine
DH   FLTC W/sidecar
DJ  FLHTC 1986 up
DK   FLTC Shrine
DM   FLTCU  Ultra
DN   FLTCU  Ultra w/ Side Car
DP   FLHTCU Ultra Classic
DR   FLHTCU Ultra Classic w/ Side Car
DS   FLTCU Ultra Shrine
DT   FLHTCU  Ultra Shrine
EA   FXR  Rubber Mount Super Glide
EB   FXRS  FXR Sport
EC   FXRT    FXR Touring
ED   FXRP Police windshield
EE   FXRDG
EF   FXRP Police Fairing
EG   FXRS-SP  Low Rider Sport Edition
EH   FXRD Disc Glide
EJ   FXRC
EK   FXRP Police C.H.P. California Highway Patrol
EL   FXLR Low Rider
EM   FXR Conv
FA   FLHS Electra Glide Sport
FB   FLHR-I Road King Injected
FC   FLHTCU-I Ultra Classic Injected
FD   FLHR  Road King
FE  FLTCU-I
FF   FLHTC-I  Injected
FG   FLHTCU-I with/SideCar Ultra Classic Electra Glide
FH   FLHP-I Police
FJ   FLHP Police
FL   FLHTCU-I Shrine Ultra Classic Electra Glide
FM   FLHTP-I Police
FN   FLHPE (Japan)
FP   FLTR  Road Glide
FR   FLHRC-I  Road King Classic
FS   FLTR-I Road Glide EFI
FT   FLHPE-I (California)
GA   FXDB-D  Daytona
GB  FXDB-S Sturgis
GC  FXDC
GD   FXDL Dyna Low Rider
GE   FXDWG  Dyna Wide Glide
GG   FXDS Con Dyna Convertible
GH  FXD  Dyna Super Glide
GX  TLE
HX RLE
KX TLE Ultra
SA  CLE w/FLH
SD  CLE w/FLH?
SE  CLE
SF  TLEw/FLTC/FLHTC
SG TLE Separate (Police?)
SH CLE Purchased w/FLHX


7th digit  >K Engine Type  K=1340 Shovelhead  1HD1BFK11BY127956
( H=1000 Ironhead XL, L=1340 Evolution, M=883 Evo XL, N=1100 Evo XL, P=1200 Evo XL ,
V = Twin
Cam 88 Carbureted ,W - Twin Cam 88 EFI)
8th digit >1< Introduction Date    1HD1BFK11BY127956          
(1=regular, 2= mid-year January, 3=California Special,4=Daytona March)

9th digit >1< called "check digit"  
1HD1BFK11BY127956         
10th digit is year code (See Below)  1HD1BFK11BY127956


1981 B
1982 C
1983 D
1984 E
1985 F
1986 G
1987 H
1988 J
1989 K
1990 L
1991 M
1992 N
1993 P
1994 R
1995 S
1996 T
1997 V
1998 W
1999 X
2000 Y
2001 1
2002 2
2003 3
2004 4
2005 5

 


11th digit is the place of manufacture 1HD1BFK12BY127956

Y York, Pa.
T Tomahawk, Wi.
K Kansas City, Mo.
J Milwaukee, Wi.
 

Last 6 digits are production numbers
 


Capital Drive Numbers

Crankcase Identification Numbers stamped at Capitol Drive facility (Milwaukee), used to identify engine and track production changes. The numbers are located on both left and right crankcase halves.

Big Twin: Left Case - Outside lower front
                                        Right Case - Inside gear case compartment

XL Models: Left Case - Inside primary compartment
           Right Case - Outside near oil pump





Example: 1992 244 137

15 = Engine Designation
     1 = 1200cc Shovelhead
     7 = 1000cc Iron XL
     14 = 1340cc Shovelhead
     15 = 1340cc Evolution
     16 = XR-1000
     17 = 883cc Evolution XL
     18 = 1100cc Evolution XL
     19 = 1200cc Evolution XL
     20 = 1340cc Evolution - California (1988 - ?)
     21 = 883cc Evolution XL- California (1988 - ?)
     22 = 1200cc Evolution XL- California (1988 - ?)

92 = Model Year

244 = Day of Production
      001 = Jan. 1st        182 = Jul. 1st
      032 = Feb. 1st        213 = Aug. 1st
      060 = Mar. 1st        244 = Sep. 1st
      091 = Apr. 1st        274 = Oct. 1st
      121 = May  1st        305 = Nov. 1st
      152 = Jun. 1st        335 = Dec. 1st

137 = Unit Number That Day (production number)


 

Section Two: Sportster  

Year ,Engine, Location Codes same as above Big Twin

Model Codes

1970 - 1980      1st/2nd digit  4E12345H1

2G XLT
3A XL / XLH
4A XLCH
4D XLA
4E XLS
7F XLCR
 

1981 - 1985       5th/6th digit     1HD1CDHY15B186492

CA XLH
CB XLS
CC XLX
CD XR1000

1986 - 1996     5th/6th/7th digit    1HD1CAN15GY185636

CAM XLH 883 / Deluxe
CAN XLH1100
CEM XLH Hugger
CFM XLH 883 / Deluxe
CAP XLH 1200
CGP 1200 Custom
CHP 1200 Sport












 

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