S&S 124 1000 Mile Impressions
So after 16k on the stage III 110 ~ front rod bearings went
After 35k on the 113k build Front rod bearings went... (threw a ton of money at the build and was very happy with performance till it quit on a foggy night at the Florida/Alabama line on I-10 with Heatwave April fools day of 14... So a total of 51k on the skunk and on to plan b or motor III.
So the backup goes in ~ the 124 S&S... 10.8/1 and 640 lift...
1000 mile initial impressions... Quiet ~ not a bunch of the noises I have been accustomed to in my last 30 or so HD's...
Fast on the bottom or top ~ Really fast on top ~ due to the 640 lift is my guess.
A bit leary of hammering on the bottom since I am in no mood to pull my inner primary and drop the swingarm to replace an abused belt.
There are many talented builders out there and on this forum... I respect many of them and have done business with a few.
My talent is riding them ~ fortunately good times or bad ~ I seen to get in about 40k or more every year.... My second talent is breaking them; if there is a weak link in the chassis or powertrain I will expose it.
I do not make a living wrenchin but have no fear of doin my own work, I have told many mechanics that I have broken more sh.... than they have repaired ~ usually my observations are correct when it comes to troubleshooting... I do ride alot, I do ride faster than most ~ but I don't abuse.... No 7000rpm drops...
This is what I will say ~ the 124 was purchased as a great mix of dependability & power on a 900 lb bike... S&S provides a one year warranty on the engine, and two years if you purchase the throttle hog and their ecm with the motor. This alone is impressive. I could find no horror stories with the S&S 124 that were purchased as an entire unit.
When the 113 was built I did my homework but understood the risks. I am not knocking the builder I had a component failure, if the build was an issue the failure would have happened much earlier than 35k. This is what I will say ~ I know ultimately what failed, but can not state what exactly caused my crank to fail.
The 124 was cheaper to buy then the 113 build.
And the 124 is the bang for the buck ~ the bike is a rocket ~ seat of the pants.
Not a big fan of the dyno so I'm utilizing the PCV and a/t to reel it in.
More less started with a 0 map and frequent monitoring of the AFR's and trims.
S&S now is offering the 124 in granite for those of you on some of the older CVO's...
I guess the real appeal to me is the fact that the are a 55 year old company that stands behind the product on a big motor...
So nothing but good things to say about the 124 ~ I'll keep ya posted ~ should have 50k on it within a year and maybe 100k within two.
If you have any questions about the 124 or my previous headaches pm me. I am a consumer and an avid rider... And I'll tell you what I think for what it is worth...
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