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    Information needed fxs models

    Can anyone elaborate on the difference between the 1985 fxsb and fxst other than belt vs chain. HD site no help I could find. Any links or explanation greatly appreciated. Cheers

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    Re: Information needed fxs models

    What differences do you mean? Obviously the rolling chassis are very different..... You will most likely get better info if you ask in the Evo section???
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    Re: Information needed fxs models

    1985 FXSB Low Rider: four-speed gearbox and four-speed swingarm frame, both carried over from the FX Shovelhead line (frame tweaked to fit taller Evo engine). This bike is one of the few produced in 1984-1986 known as ''four-speed Evos'', essentially a final dip into the Shovelhead parts bin. This was the final year of the first-generation Low Rider, and the only one not to be Shovelhead-powered. Like the 1983s and the 1984s, it too had the ''B" suffix on the original FXS designation because it had a final belt drive. For 1986 the ''Low Rider'' name was transferred to an Evo FXR, which also stole the ''Super Glide'' name in 1986. The 1985 and 1986 FX swingarm four-speed Evos are now collectable. Highly regarded for a combination of classic FX style with kickstart fitted to the 1979-up 4speed ''cowpie'' or ''rotary-top'' late Shovelhead gearbox, but with the far superior (if not aesthetically!) Evo motor. Many Shovelhead era parts were fitted to this bike i.e. front forks, headlight, shocks, fender and struts, etc etc etc. It has the twin clocks on the tank, speedo and tacho, as per the Shovelhead FXS/FXSBs. 39mm ''narrow glide'' front forks. Oil and neutral lights on a headlight ''eyebrow''. Headlight bolted to that eyebrow. Choke mounted under the left hand of the TWIN fuel tanks, 3.5gallon (US). Belt final drive. Mid controls (highway pegs a vital parts option). KICKSTART! and electric start. Full rear mudguard. ''Low Rider'' decal on front fork cover. Spoked or mag wheels (depending on market sold into). 19inch front, 16inch rear.

    1985 FXST Softail: The second year of the revolutionary Softail, which saved Harley's bacon. Again, it got the four-speed late Shovelhead gearbox just like the 1984, and the FXSB above. The Softail mimiced hardtail looks, but with hidden shocks parallel to the frame rails. For 1984/85 the Softail had a unique rear frame section to fit the four-speed gearbox, it was redesigned when the 1986 FXST and the new blingy 1986 FXSTC (Custom) got the five-speed gearbox which lasted all through the Evo era. One big speedo on the tank, with idiot lights sitting just below it, along with the choke. 41mm front forks in a ''wide glide'' style. Twin 5 gallon (US) fuel tanks. Chain final drive. Headlight mounted on middle yoke. Forward controls. Kick and electric start. Bobbed rear mudguard. Spoked wheels, 16inch rear and 21inch front.

    Plenty of stock-bike pix when you google these models.

    The four-speed Evos were:

    1984 FXST Softail
    1985 FXST Softail
    1985 FXEF Super Glide Fat Bob
    1985 FXSB Low Rider
    1985 FXWG Wide Glide
    1986 FXWG Wide Glide**

    **very rare. The last Big Twin with a four-speed gearbox and a factory-fitted kickstart. Limited edition of about 890.


    Hope this helps. I'm a trainspotter on days off.
    Last edited by kiwidave; 05-03-2019 at 09:02 AM.

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