|Posted on Thursday, April 07, 2016 - 06:29 am: ||
I tried to search for this, but couldn't find the right terms. Are the part numbers with letters Buell numbers and the number only ones Harley parts? That would help to find alternate sources.
Also, the controversial seven year period for spare parts availability is about to end; has any inside info been heard?
|Posted on Thursday, April 07, 2016 - 08:35 am: ||
The last time i asked that at a buell/hd shop they said that there is no real end date!
It's more like ,if they can't order it or want to order it for you then it's the end for that part.
But there is still enough and there are also other suppliers.
|Posted on Thursday, April 07, 2016 - 08:40 am: ||
Court posted something to the same effect recently. Basically, as long as HD is making money selling us Buell parts, they'll keep making Buell parts.
|Posted on Thursday, April 07, 2016 - 02:43 pm: ||
Buell parts will have a period in them, Harley parts have a dash. "G0500.1AKF" is a Buell part, the Uly belt specifically. "29633-08" is a Harley air filter for some of their newer touring bikes.
The tubers are a mix of HD and Buell parts, the XBs are mostly Buell parts with some HDs mixed in (mostly fasteners and some engine bits).
Whats cool about the Buell parts is that you can tell what it is by breaking them down like a VIN. The first character indicates what type of part it is, "M" is bodywork, "G" is stuff like the belt and sprockets, "H" is brake stuff, "L" is frame related, "S" is exhaust parts, and so on for other letters.
The four digit number following is the actual part number, most parts will start with a 0, while kits or bundles often start with a 1 or two.
After the period is how you tell the model it came from, with the number being the number of years that bike was being produced, and the two letters as the model. 2AK is a 2nd year Ulysses (2007). After the model number is sometimes a revision code, parts that have been revised usually have a new part number with an "A" added at the end, or sometimes the A becomes a B or so on.
Bodywork usually has a few extra letters at the end to indicate color, like "MW" is Midnight Black and "BK" for Racing Red.
I've found some inconstancies over the years, but overall the system is solid.
|Posted on Thursday, April 07, 2016 - 09:03 pm: ||
The HD parts also define the system in the part number. I don't know the details but the first number puts the part some where in a system. The Buell system is a development of that with more flexibility.
Both systems feature very expensive redundancy in today's world of complex databases. One could just take the next number in line and then use the many other fields in the part master to assign it to categories, systems, model year etc. The whole Buell system is way more expensive to maintain and leads to hours of discussion of things like, is the brake lever part of th embracing system or is part of the control system. Is the banjo bolt that is used on the clutch, the brake and in some cases on a fuel line a brake, clutch fuel or hardware part. If a hardware part you need to invent a new suffix for it, there are already dozens of them, so that it can be defined by the number. And how about a part designed for the 2009 model year that ends up being used only on the 2010 MY? Or gets rushed to production and gets used on a 2008 model.
Of course this is an argument that I and others always lost 'cause the guy who's name is on the building like it! Anti si a very smart system.