Model Identification

Harley Davidson Vehicle Identification Number VIN Information

Section One: Big Twin

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 , other VIN issues with 1979 models have been reported.

   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
1975H5
1976 H6
1977H7
1978 H8
1979H9
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)   1HD1BFK11BY12795

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
KXTLE 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 = TwinCam 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
1982C
1983 D
1984E
1985 F
1986G
1987 H
1988J
1989 K
1990L
1991 M
1992N
1993 P
1994R
1995 S
1996T
1997 V
1998W
1999 X
2000Y
20011
20022
20033
20044
20055

11th digit is the place of manufacture 1HD1BFK12BY127956

Y York, Pa.
TTomahawk, Wi.
KKansas City, Mo.
J Milwaukee, Wi.

Last 6 digits are production numbers

Capital Drive Numbers

Crankcase Identification Numbersstamped at Capitol Drive facility (Milwaukee), used to identify engine and track production changes. Thenumbers 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
3AXL / XLH
4A XLCH
4DXLA
4E XLS
7FXLCR

1981 – 1985       5th/6th digit     1HD1CDHY15B186492

CA XLH
CBXLS
CC XLX
CDXR1000

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

CAM XLH 883 / Deluxe
CANXLH1100
CEM XLH Hugger
CFMXLH 883 / Deluxe
CAP XLH 1200
CGP1200 Custom
CHP1200 Sport