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I am shocked after talking to two Harley dealers while trying to repair my in-tank fuel module assembly for my 2003 VRSCA.
Harley does not offer the entire assembly, nor do they offer most of the component parts.
I was told by Ronnie's that Harley is no longer supporting parts for bikes older than 10 years. Apparently parts inventory for the older bikes was shipped to a company called "vintage" and when they are sold out, no more are available.
Finding after-market parts is not simple.
I really can't believe this is the level of service provided. Do they think their bikes are disposable items after 10 years?
 

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I am shocked after talking to two Harley dealers while trying to repair my in-tank fuel module assembly for my 2003 VRSCA.
Harley does not offer the entire assembly, nor do they offer most of the component parts.
I was told by Ronnie's that Harley is no longer supporting parts for bikes older than 10 years. Apparently parts inventory for the older bikes was shipped to a company called "vintage" and when they are sold out, no more are available.
Finding after-market parts is not simple.
I really can't believe this is the level of service provided. Do they think their bikes are disposable items after 10 years?
Legal obligation for 10 year support if you are lucky and when that's done too bad, so sad. Keep in mind all the components in the tank can be aftermarketed, every bit as good or bettter then OEM.
Ron
 

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Legal obligation for 10 year support if you are lucky and when that's done too bad, so sad. Keep in mind all the components in the tank can be aftermarketed, every bit as good or bettter then OEM.
Ron
I agree that after marketed parts are fine. The problem is that sources are obscure and difficult to find.
I can go to Rock Auto and find plenty of parts for my 1959 Austin Healey Sprite, or my 1963 Chevrolet Corvette. Standard parts for these autos are available at any of a number of local retailers from NAPA to Autozone, etc. Specialty parts retailers are available as well, such as Long Island Corvette or Victoria British. Even Amazon and Ebay.

What is a comparable easy source for multiple aftermarket parts for the VROD?
 

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Google "Harley xxxxxx" where xxxxxx is the part number and you should find a After Market cross for just about any V-Rod. I have been lucky in this regard so far.
 

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Great idea

If it doesn’t already exist, we should make a sticky list of parts and sourced
I agree, lets face it here, the v-rod is gone and factory parts and service tools are starting to dry up and are getting hard and hard to find. Even S/E parts are at just a few parts that I feel are on a once gone no more base.
I cant understand Harleys position of treating the V-Rod as a red headed step child :spank: that is unimportant to them after all the money they had spent on RD, The success of the drag racing projects with the V-rod and the dependability of the bike in general :moped:
But on the bright side, as time go's on our bikes will become classic's that one day will be sought after by collectors and such :deal:, And if able, I'll be putting miles on mine
 

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Well, I'll start the list:
1. Fuel pumps: https://www.highflowfuel.com. Make aftermarket pumps for VRODS. Call them because not all items are on their website.
2. Fuel filter 2002-2006. Wix or Napa Gold part number 3227. Pressure side.
3. Fuel Sock Bosch 68015
4. Fuel hose (in tank) 5/16 or 8mm, from pump to filter and filter to flange, requires high pressure SAE J30R9 compliance. I bought at Autozone, part number 50087. https://www.autozone.com/plumbing-hosing/rubber-hose/armor-mark-fuel-injection-hose/240844_0_0
5. Clamps for fuel hose are PEX clamps, and require PEX crimper tool, available at Lowes/Home Depot or online. Here is what I ordered: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Size-5-1...lamps-Single-Ear-Hose-Clamps-5-Pack/588181559
 

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Well, I'll start the list:
1. Fuel pumps: https://www.highflowfuel.com. Make aftermarket pumps for VRODS. Call them because not all items are on their website.
2. Fuel filter 2002-2006. Wix or Napa Gold part number 3227. Pressure side.
3. Fuel Sock Bosch 68015
4. Fuel hose (in tank) 5/16 or 8mm, from pump to filter and filter to flange, requires high pressure SAE J30R9 compliance. I bought at Autozone, part number 50087. https://www.autozone.com/plumbing-hosing/rubber-hose/armor-mark-fuel-injection-hose/240844_0_0
5. Clamps for fuel hose are PEX clamps, and require PEX crimper tool, available at Lowes/Home Depot or online. Here is what I ordered: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Size-5-1...lamps-Single-Ear-Hose-Clamps-5-Pack/588181559
 

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I cant understand Harleys position of treating the V-Rod as a red headed step child :spank:
Probably because the engine is too modern -- not old-tech enough for the "real" H-D folks. There was a real backlash from H-D riders when the V-Rod first came out.

Maybe there wasn't enough after-market skull bolts.

At least they didn't beat this red-headed step-child, like they did with Erik Buell's creation, but then the Buell wasn't really an H-D -- it just used a Sportster engine when it first came out.
 

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They got discontinued because nobody was buying them. They were overpriced from the start.
 

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Yup LL cool K I agree, in 07 I was planning on buying a new v-rod, at that time you could buy two top end sportsters for what the v-rod cost
 

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I have had good luck on both eBay and Amazon finding obsolete parts. I also have had luck on the classified section on this forum. I have been able to find all new or as with my exhaust system almost new.
 

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I am shocked after talking to two Harley dealers while trying to repair my in-tank fuel module assembly for my 2003 VRSCA.
Harley does not offer the entire assembly, nor do they offer most of the component parts.
I was told by Ronnie's that Harley is no longer supporting parts for bikes older than 10 years. Apparently parts inventory for the older bikes was shipped to a company called "vintage" and when they are sold out, no more are available.
Finding after-market parts is not simple.
I really can't believe this is the level of service provided. Do they think their bikes are disposable items after 10 years?
"Do they think their bikes are disposable items after 10 years?"
Quick answer....YES.
Even before the V-Rod was discontinued you had a hard time getting any attention or interest from anyone at almost all H-D dealers.Why continue putting out a model that was pretty much bullet-proof and ultra reliable? Can't make any money that way can they?
A lot of V-Rod accessories that were in previous catalogs are now no longer available. Even standard items such as gaskets, replacement engine/transmission components, electrical components are getting scarce. And you local H-D dealer mostly couldn't give a flying f#@k.
Turrribble turrrible situation....:soapbox:
 

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I went into my local HD dealer for a clutch lever , only to be told that they’re 3 weeks away & $106 Aus . Not having a lot of luck sourcing a second hand one in Brisbane either.


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I went into my local HD dealer for a clutch lever , only to be told that they’re 3 weeks away & $106 Aus . Not having a lot of luck sourcing a second hand one in Brisbane either.


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Ebay has several and even Kuryakan has them as well as a few more aftermarket outfits. No point being a slave to the dealer.
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The ten year old rule has been around for many years. My last HD before the ‘04 vrscb I now have was a ‘72 Shovel kicker and eBay was the best source for parts. The bike had many aftermarket parts on it.
 

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It's going to get worse for us. I had to replace the radiator on my '03 a few years ago with a newer one and was told last week the license plate light was obsolete with none on a shelf in the country. The examples on Ebay were worse than the one I own. -Kevin
 
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