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Doc, how much difference is there between oil temperatures as registered by aftermarket gauges such as you (and I) have on our bikes, and what the dipstick temperature gauges display? I’m struggling with considerable heat issues on my 2011 Ultra and seem to find various conflicting values listed, on both websites and in other magazines. It’s difficult to cut through the misinformation to arrive at some objectively measured facts.
The oil temperature readings will differ in different
locations depending upon where the oil is travelling to or
from. It doesn’t matter...
Doc, I know you are a fan of Fournales shock absorbers and I would like a set. However, the price scared me until I did some internet searching and found I could buy them a bit cheaper overseas. Do you see any problems with this, such as warranty?
Well Jeff, this is the conundrum we all face - save a bit
but risk warranty and other problems. I thought...
CRISPER ROAD KING
Doc, my new Road King arrives soon, and I’m looking to fitting a Screamin’ Eagle Heavy Breather air cleaner, V&H Big Oval mufflers and maybe SE255 cams and a SE tuner. I’m not trying to turn it into a V-Rod, I just want a crisper motor for towing a trailer. Would a Stage One 110ci kit be better value? Is there much to be gained from replacing the exhaust pipes to remove the catalytic converter? I’ve been told this will help the motor run cooler.
Whiskers, you should get a significant performance increase
with the mods you suggest. I wouldn’t bother going to 110
because that is...
Doc, I hope you can settle an argument between three mates. Jonno reckons Willie G designed the Softail from the ground up, but Mike reckons some private guy did and Harley copied it. I reckon I saw it in one of the old man’s bike mags way back in the ’70s, though it was much different. We agreed to let you make the call. I get a slab if I’m right!
Well Lumpy, depending on how the situation is viewed, both
Mike and you are right. Well, sort of. Bill Davis, an avid
EVO CARB REBUILD?
Doc, I had some reversals in my retirement portfolio and had to sell my Twin Cam and I’m now slumming around on an Evo Ultra I bought from a deceased estate. It has 152,000km on the clock and doesn’t run very well, but it doesn’t seem to use any oil either. I don’t know how to get it going better with my limited (for a while, anyway) budget. It has an EV3 cam and some slip-on mufflers, but that’s about all I can say. Someone suggested the carb might need rebuilding. Can you point me in a direction, preferably one that won’t blow my budget?
Don, I asked Neville Lush of Neville Lush Racing, who is a
gun tuner of all things two wheels, what he...
Doc, I live in the bush and have decided to build my own chopper or bobber. Can you recommend any books or DVDs that might help? I’m handy with a spanner, at least on tractors and farm equipment, so I don’t think I’ll encounter too many problems. I have access to a small lathe and mill plus a wide range of tools. But I figure that a bike is a fair bit different and suppose I should hunt down all I can on doing a build.
You know Dave, I always have mixed feelings about this sort
of question. We’re not allowed to wire our houses up...
TOO HOT (question 1)
Hey Doc, with this recent heat my 2012 Ultra is running unpleasantly hot. I’ve fitted the mid frame deflectors but the radiant heat, on my right leg in particular, is driving me nuts. What I should do?
Rick, check out the question and answer below. It may not
help much at this stage but the problem is not...
TOO HOT (question 2)
Doc, I recently bought a 2004 FLH and I love the bike except for the heat that it generates on hot days. I have seen the Baker sump that you spoke of recently but have also seen that Harley-Davidson has an electric fan that goes where the horn is fitted. My question is, do these fans work and are they reliable? A few people have told me that the fans are like computer fans and are not up to the vibrations and weather conditions. Lanale engineering also has a fan that they boast about but I‘ve read bad reviews. Any light that you could shed on these fans would be appreciated.
There are a number of ways to approach the heat issue and I
guess the more you implement the better off...
OIL TANK MOUNT
Doc, I want to mount a Mooneyes oil tank forward of the downtube on my custom pro-street. My powerplant is a TP 121 with a Baker 6-speed open primary. I’ve seen many customs with the oil bag mounted up front and it looks ol’ school cool. Are there any issues with the oil flow to the motor using this configuration? I will be installing a pressure gauge/temperature gauge where the usual oil pressure switch is located. The bottom of the oil tank is slightly higher than the bottom rails of my pro-street frame. TP has said that its proprietary smart pump is not self-priming. Do you know of anyone who has successfully mounted an oil bag for this motor? I’m running ⅜in oil lines.
To answer your questions Russell, I contacted Andy at
Hyperformance Cycles/SA Choppers. He’s built many a
ground-up custom, including some with this
Doc, I had a 124-cube motor put in my 2010 Dyna and within 1000km the gearbox had broken – it’s associated with the shifter forks, I’m told. Is this common with higher horsepower motors than stock? I’d appreciate some of your wisdom and knowledge before I confront my dealer, as I have a bad feeling about this.
Doc, I had a 124-cube motor put in my 2010 Dyna and within 1000km the gearbox had broken – it’s associated with the shifter forks, I’m told.
Ralph, I spoke with Craig Carling, a factory-trained Harley
tech who now swings spanners at Adelaide Bike Works. Craig
says they have...