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After deciding on an FXR for the next bike, I'm kind of overwhelmed at all the different models, and have no idea what the difference is between an FXR and an FXRT or FXD or any of the other modeals. Id there a rhyme or reason to what the different letters mean? Thanks.
 

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After deciding on an FXR for the next bike, I'm kind of overwhelmed at all the different models, and have no idea what the difference is between an FXR and an FXRT or FXD or any of the other modeals. Id there a rhyme or reason to what the different letters mean? Thanks.
The FXR and FXRT are in the same family, the FXD is a Dyna.

Check out this link, scroll through and you'll see the model breakdown: http://www.wwwildcats.com/harley_vin.htm
 

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They are all the same base. Cosmetics is what changes the name. Take the fairing (4 bolts holding it) and bags from an FXRT and you have an FXR. fxrP the P stands for police I have a FXRP inside is stock. Special has different wheels and the Candy is a special color package. Any FXR you get you will be happy. FGH
 

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You can easily spot an FXR by the frame tubes that make a triangle under the seat. The FXR was the plain jane no chrome model.
FXRS in the Shovel years had a little more chrome. In the first couple of Evo years it was the Low Glide and then became the Low Rider with tank-mounted speedo and tach.
FXRS-Sp was the sport model with handlebar-mounted gauges and taller suspension. FXRS-Conv same as Sport but convertible with removable bags and windshield
FXRT had a frame-mounted fairing and hard bags, taller suspension.
FXLR was a custom with lower suspension, same as FXR, FXRS and different speedo, wheels and tank, the only one not to have "R" as the third letter.
FXRP Police model with sprung seat.
Those were the main models, but there were some others over the years; FXRDG Disc Glide, FXRD touring deluxe, FXRC custom...
 

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The FXRS-SP also had air assisted front forks. Theres a fitting in the grip and a bit of air pressure would stiffen up the front forks.

some models had dual disc front ends, some single

There were also FXR2 and FXR3 that were produced as CVO models in 1999 and 2000 as kind a limited run. Only about 1900 were made. And theyre ugly.
 
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