Harley-Davidson FXFBS Fat Bob 114 (2018+) Maintenance Schedule / Guide

This is the maintenance schedule and general guide to servicing the Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114, powered by the 114 c.i. Milwaukee-Eight motor, made since 2018, code named FXFBS.

The Harley Davidson Fat Bob 114 is a sporty, muscly motorcycle, since 2018 based on the revised Softail platform from Harley-Davidson that absorbed the Dyna line.

The FXFBS Fat Bob 114’s Milwaukee-Eight motor makes a peak of 118 lb-ft (160 Nm) at 3500 rpm in base trim. But Fat Bob owners are pretty quick to improve this with the catalogue of parts from Harley-Davidson or third-party vendors, starting with the intake and exhaust, and often going much further.

Here are all the maintenance schedules for the Fat Bob family.

The Fat Bob started before the Dyna (the first model was in 1979). But those models are now thin on the ground, and well-maintained by people who know their maintenance schedules off by heart.

The maintenance schedule is similar to other motorcycles with Milwaukee-Eight motors from the Softail line (e.g. the Harley-Davidson Breakout 114), but of course, some parts and maintenance specs are always different.`

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Harley Davidson FXFBS Fat Bob Service Intervals

Like most Harley-Davidson motorcycles, the Harley-Davidson FXFBS Fat Bob 114 has 5000 mile / 8000 km or annual service intervals, though Harley recommends you service it more often if it’s ridden under harsh conditions.

At every service, change the oil and filter, and look over the motorcycle for items needing lubrication, adjustment, or cleaning. Also check wearable items (like hoses and tires) to see if they’re still in good condition. See the end for tire specs.

As the Milwaukee-Eight motor (like most air-cooled Big Twin motors) has self-adjusting valves, there is no strict valve service interval. However, Harley-Davidson does suggest you change the spark plugs every 30000 miles / 48000 km or two years.

As well as engine oil, you need to periodically replace both primary chaincase lubricant and transmission lubricant.

A number of items need to be done less frequently, like changing the brake fluid (The Fat Bob has a cable clutch). See the schedule for more details.

Maintenance schedule for the Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114

Below is the service schedule for the Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114 (FXFBS). We’ve adapted this from the manual but clarified it to make it more legible and easy to follow. For example, we add notes into the table, put the most important things on top (shouldn’t “change the oil” always come first?), and group things by frequency where possible.

Generally maintenance for the Harley-Davidson Softail line with the 114 engine can be summarised as

  • Every: 5000 mile / 8000 km: Oil and filter, and a once-over
  • Every two services: tighten everything up back to torque spec, and lubricate major bearings.
  • Every 2-4 years replace fluids, or as needed.

Naturally, there’s no valve service check. It’s a Harley! (Well, it’s most Harleys.) However, there can be cases of valve noise, either from uneven wear in the rockers. If that’s the case, you’ll need to get the valves looked at anyway.

Major Items Maintenance Schedule

This is the major items maintenance schedule for the Fat Bob 114. See below for the “inspection checklist” to follow at every service.

This inspection checklist is based on regular usage of the Fat Bob. Of course, this isn’t a motorcycle that is used as a casual commuter or even a tourer, so you may want to modify the maintenance schedule. Harley Davidson recommends you service your bike more often if you operate it in “adverse conditions”, which means severe cold, extreme heat, a very dusty environment, very bad roads, or through standing water.

If you regularly ride your motorcycle less than 15 mi / 24 km, in temperatures between 60 F / 16 C, then change oil intervals three times as often — every 1500 mi / 2400 km.


  • Follow the earlier of the distance-based or time-based intervals. For example, change the oil every 5000 mi / 8000 km or year, whichever comes first.
  • Keep repeating the schedule in the pattern shown.
mi x 100051015202530
km x 100081624324048Every
Inspection checklist (see below) – PerformYear (some items only)
Engine oil – Replace
Drain plug torque: 19-25 Nm / 14-21 lb-ft
See notes below
Oil filter – Replace
Hand-tighten with a rag
Air cleaner filter – Inspect
Clean as necessary in lukewarm water with mild detergent
More often if riding in severe conditions.
Spark plugs – Replace2 years
(Spoked rims) Spoke tightness (front and rear) – CheckMore often if riding in severe conditions.
Hand control switch housing screw torque – TightenYear
Master cylinder handlebar clamp screw torque — TightenYear
Front brake handlebar clamp screw torque – TightenYear
Steering head bearings — Adjust / Lubricate as necessary
Steering head bearings – Lubricate
Windshield (if fitted) bushings – Inspect
Primary chaincase lubricant – ReplaceMore often if riding in severe conditions.
Transmission lubricant – ReplaceMore often if riding in severe conditions.
Brake fluid – Replace (use DOT 4 fluid e.g. Castrol DOT 4)2 years, or if moisture is >3%
Front and rear axle nut torque – TightenYear
12 battery – Check battery, terminal torque, and clean connections. Lubricate with electrical contact lubricantYear
Front forks — Rebuild (seals, fluid)50,000 mi (80,000 km)
Fuel filter – Replace100000 mi (161000 km)
Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight (Air/Oil-cooled) Softail Maintenance Schedule

Inspection checklist for the Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114

Below is the regular inspection checklist for the Fat Bob 114. Do this checklist at every service, per the schedule above. Items on the right also need to be done annually.

Standard Inspection Checklist — Softail, Milwaukee EightAnnual
Drive belt and sprockets – Inspect for wear
Drive belt – Check / Adjust tension
See notes below on checking / adjusting belt tension
Rear sprocket isolators – Inspect at every tire change
Electrical equipment and switches – Inspect for correct function
Tire pressure and tread (front and rear) – Check
Brake and clutch controls – Lubricate
Brake pads and discs (front and rear) – Check wear and that the discs run true
Minimum pad thickness: 0.04 in / 1 mm
Brake fluid level (front and rear) – Inspect level (fluid drops as pads wear), and check moisture content. Replace if moisture over 3%. (Castrol DOT 4)
Clutch cable – Adjust and check for leaks, contact, or abrasion. Lubricate cable with Harley-Davidson lubricant
Fuel lines and fittings — Inspect for routing, condition, leaks, and abrasion
Oil cooler – Clean
Oil and brake lines – Inspect for wear / routing
Jiffy stand – Lubricate
Exhaust system, fasteners, and shields – Inspect
Fuel tank cap / hinge / latch – Lubricate
Component and system function – Road test
Standard Annual Service (Harley-Davidson Milwaukee Eight, Softail)

Harley-Davidson Fat Bob FXFBS 114 Belt Maintenance

Below are more details on belt maintenance of your FXFBS Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114. To check the belt tension on the Fat Bob, follow the procedure below.

Firstly, you need a belt tension tool and a ruler (either metric or imperial, whatever you’re used to). You can use either the standard Harley-Davidson belt tension tool or a generic one from Amazon – they do the same thing (and they’re also usable on other cruisers).

  1. Put the motorcycle in neutral on its stand, with the rear wheel on the ground. There should be no luggage or load on the bike, either.
  2. Push up on the middle of the bottom half of the belt until the belt tension gauge shows 10 lb (4.5 kg) of pressure.
  3. Use the ruler to measure belt tension deflection. Some models have a deflection window — you can use that too.

Target belt tension for the Harley-Davidson FXFBS (existing belt): 1/2-9/16 in / 12.7-14.2 mm

(Belt tension is different for a new belt that you’re installing)

If the belt tension is out of spec, you can either adjust it yourself if you know how, or take it to a dealer.

Below is the belt adjustment procedure for a 2018+ Softail chassis.

  1. Elevate the rear wheel using a stand. (You take the tension measurements with the wheel on the ground, but adjust the tension with the wheel elevated.)
  2. Use a breaker bar with a 36mm Harley-Davidson rear wheel wrench to loosen the rear axle. You can use a regular 36mm socket if you have one, but you may have to remove the exhaust for it to fit.
  3. Use a 3/8 inch wrench to turn the belt tension adjusters on either side of the bike. Make small changes — a 1/4 turn can make a huge difference. You have to lower the motorcycle again to measure the deflection with the weight on the wheel again.
  4. Make sure you tighten the nuts the same amount on each side. Check the belt and make sure it’s in tension
  5. Tighten the rear axle to 110-120 lb-ft or 149-163 Nm of torque. You’ll need a large torque wrench for this (or some other trick).

This is a good video for doing belt tension on the Milwaukee-Eight Softail, courtesy of “RevelatorAlf”‘s YouTube channel. It’s for an older bike than the 2024 FLI but the same procedure applies.

Oil Change on the Fat Bob 114

There are three fluids that need to be changed on the Fat Bob FXFBS, as with most Harley-Davidsons, though you only need to change the engine oil at every service.

For all of them, you can use the same oil — Castrol V-Twin 20W50, a popular oil for Harley-Davidson big twins, or Mobil 1 V-twin 20W-50. You can also use Screamin’ Eagle Syn3 Synthetic 20W50, Harley-Davidson’s own in-house high-quality synthetic, which you can get from dealers.

For the Milwaukee Eight motor you need 4 quarts / 3.8L of oil (usually just one big bottle — or a bit shy). This is for a complete change, including the filter.

Here’s a pretty decent video going over the process for the oil change on the Fat Bob:

To change the oil you need

  • A wrench with 16mm socket
  • The right nuts to open the various drain plugs
  • An oil filter socket (access is hard — it’s behind the oil cooler). And some kind of way of catching the oil under the filter. Hand tighten the wrench to contact + firmly hand-tightened.

These are the places oil needs to be changed on the Fat Bob or other bikes with this motor:

  1. Engine oil
  2. Primary chaincase lubricant
  3. Transmission lubricant

While the standard oil change interval for the Fat Bob 114 is 5000 miles / 8000 km, Harley-Davidson recommends you change the oil more often if you operate it under adverse conditions or in extreme cold without allowing it time to warm up. (See the above notes on temperature.)

Wheels and Tires for the Fat Bob 114

The Fat Bob 114 ships with Dunlop bias ply tires out of the box, custom-made for the Fat Bob. It ships with a 16/16 front and rear tire combo.

WheelTyreRecommended pressure (cold)
FrontDunlop D429F 150/80B16 71H BW36 psi / 248 kPa / 2.48 bar
RearDunlop 180/70B16 77H BW40 psi / 276 kPa / 2.76 bar
Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114 Wheels, Tires, and Pressures

You can of course use other tires. Metzeler 888s and Avon Cobras are well liked. And yes, many use radial tires, and many prefer them. See this discussion here on hdforums.

About the Harley Davidson FXFBS Fat Bob 114

2021 Harley-Davidson FXFBS Fat Bob action riding
2021 Harley-Davidson FXFBS Fat Bob

The Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114 is one of the most popular models in the modern Softail lineup. The Fat Bob has a long and rich history, dating back to 1979. Over the years, the Fat Bob has undergone significant changes, including a temporary name change, the addition of the Twin Cam and Milwaukee-Eight engines, as well as several CVO models (both in the Twin Cam era).

The first Fat Bob model was introduced in 1979 as part of Harley-Davidson’s FX series. It featured a distinctive design with a wide front end, dual headlights, and a small fuel tank. In 1982, the Fat Bob was updated with a larger fuel tank and a revised front end.

The FXEF was made through to 1985 or 1986 (depending on who you ask or when the bike was registered), after which the history of the Fat Bob and the Super Glide started to get a little intertwined. But the Fat Bob name took a hiatus until 2006 when the Twin Cam 96 engine was introduced. Harley-Davidson re-released Fat Bob as an FXDF with the Twin Cam motor in that year. After some upgrades along the way (including to the Fat Bob with the Twin Cam 103 motor), Harley-Davidson released the Fat Bob on the Softail chassis platform with the Milwaukee-Eight motor in 2018.

Like other motorcycles, the Fat bob was initially released with both the 107 and 114 motor. But the 107 model was discontinued after a couple of years as not many of them sold. I guess if you want a street brawler, then what’s a few thousand more for the biggest, fastest motor around?

The Fat Bob 114 is powered by the Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine, a 1,868cc V-twin engine that makes a stomping 108 lb-ft (160 Nm) of torque at 3500 rpm. The Milwaukee-Eight has a four-valve cylinder head design and two spark plugs per cylinder.

The Softail Fat Bob is different from its predecessor, the Dyna Fat Bob (the most recent one being in 103 form), in several ways. The Softail Fat Bob has a new frame and suspension system (losing the twin shocks of the Dyna, notably), which gives it better handling and comfort.

While Dyna lovers may baulk at the idea of becoming Softail people, Harley-Davidson engineers are unanimous in that the new chassis is an improvement — maybe other than in difficult-to-quantify heritage or style, which is always personal.

The Softail Fat Bob 114 and 107 also both get the latest tech coming out, including ride-by-wire (electronic throttle control), ABS, and even optional cruise control. You may not need them, but they’re your safety net if push comes to shove.

The recommended service interval for the Fat Bob 114 is every 5000 miles (8000 km). Other than changing the oil and filter, Harley-Davidson requires you to periodically change the primary and transmission oil, as well as inspect and adjust the drive belt and brakes and other safety equipment.

One of the most distinguishing features of the Fat Bob is the tire sizes used front and rear. It has sixteen-inch wheels with an odd front tire size of 150/80-16 and a more conventional rear tire size of 180/70-16. The odd tire sizes mean that if you’re looking for unusual tires, you may end up putting what is on other motorcycles considered to be a “rear” tire on the front.

Yes, the tire sizes do affect handling. The Fat Bob 114 is not a 600-cc sport bike! But it handles well, without excessive difficulty, and is a lot of fun to push through any kind of corner.

You don’t have to stick to the stock tire brands or even type, of course. Many Fat Bob owners put on radial type tires, too.

While the Fat Bob — particularly the FXFBS with the 114 motor is a “performance” cruiser with twin disc brakes and an inverted fork, the FXDR is even more explicitly performance oriented, with some lightweight components, and a 240-profile rear tire that makes it look like it’s built for the drag strip. See its maintenance schedule here.

Reference — Manual for the FXFBS Fat Bob 114

The above maintenance guide for the FXFBS Fat Bob 114 came from the manual for the Milwaukee-Eight Softail line of motorcycles. It’s consistent between different years of the Fat Bob 114. See the below screenshots.

You can download service information for your Harley from here (login required).

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