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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 02-25-2019, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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103 or keep my TC88?

First time forum poster. Need some perspective. I have an 05’ TC88 non-ABS with 40K miles...Fueling Reaper 579 cams...Big Sucker Air...PCIII...2-1 Thunderheader. It was dyno’d with a Pro pipe on it before I swapped out to the TH (I didn’t re-tune since it didn’t seem to skip a beat). My question is, do I look at getting a newer model (still used) with a 103 that has ABS and lower miles while investing for sure in air and exhaust, and cams (eventually), or continue to build out my TC88? I’ I’d look at possibly changing out my apes to a different style and paint my tank if I keep her. She is dialed in...comfortable...and really enjoy the performance and overall ride. I ride 99% solo. Outside of more power being fun in general, I mainly want some more for pulling mountain passes and passing if I do 2up riding. She does fine in the mountains now while solo, but in 5th with increased grades I run out of acceleration and worry about even 4th if I was loaded 2up in the mountains. Going ABS weighs on my mind (as I know too well what locking up a non abs bike is like), plus I hear the newer frame is much better. For the price I could sell my current ride and be close to getting a ‘12 - ‘14 (and I know about the bag upgrades on the ‘14 newer which is awesome; the dash info center I could care less about.) So, any input on if I should look at getting a more recent used ride with lower miles, newer frame, ABS, and 103 vs continuing to do engine mods on my TC88 is appreciated. Thanks.
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Cams are Feuling 574’s (fat fingered and put 579).
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Welcome to the forums.

I haven't ridden a pre-rushmore glide, but coming off sport touring bikes I will say that the Rushmore frame with properly set up suspension handle very well.


I care more about handling than power.
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First off welcome to the forum. If your bike is already dialed in and setup to your liking I’d keep her, at 40k she should have lots of life in her still. If you get something else you’ll probably end up spending some extra $ to get it to where you’d want it. Either way you can’t go wrong as long as your on a shark👍🏼


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I have an 04 with 70,000 miles on it and it runs very well. I have a preference for cables over electronics so I’m keeping mine for awhile yet. Nothing has sparked my interest in the newer line ups.


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Welcome to the forum, I would go with an 09 up because of the frame and ABS if nothing else, handling and brakes are a lot better than before, but I still have some love for the older bikes
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The newer frame is indeed better, especially if you're not tall. The 6 speed gearing is much more comfortable on the highway. The Rushmore saddlebags are nice. A stock cam Rushmore 103 with just exhaust, air cleaner, and tune will get you around 90 HP and have a much better torque curve than the 88. The 14+ bikes are just better all around.
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Welcome from Minnesota. When I started shopping I was looking for 11 or 12, but after a good look at the 15 Rushmore I had to spend the extra dollars.

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Welcome to the forum, good luck in whatever you decide to do.
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There is no wrong decision here, you’re already on a real road glide & have love the older originals 👍🏼 😁. Lots of guys here have no love for the old ones and came on board only after Rushmore’s AKA Bender came out. Yes the 09 & up changed the frame, has a wider rear wheel & handle better but there are things you can do to increase handling on yours like adding true track stabilizer etc. 40k is nothing on a TC, give that old gal a facelift and ride her with pride
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