The wife got me a set of cams for xmas, picking from a list of various things I had written out for her that were on my dream list. I had selected the Wood's 222's from the feedback here that others have shared. My father in law had tried to talk me out of them and to go with something that revs a little more and then letting him do a lot of work to the engine, but I held firm. (For the record the father in law is an engine guy. It was pretty brassy to not listen, or better stated flat out foolish. An example of his abilities with making horsepower... He is the engine builder for the motorcycle streamliner that holds the world speed record of 376 mph. So now you have perspective as to how dumb it was to not listen to him, but I didn't just the same.
So far my 2012 RGU has had Vance and Hines Power Duals, Full Sac baffles in the mufflers, Ness air filter, and a Dobeck Eng. fuel controller. The results from these efforts were pretty anemic at best but did cool the thing down at least. I really wanted a dependable ride though and have been reluctant to try and make a lot of horsepower to ride around with my wife risking a breakdown in the boonies. I don't need to go on and on about what pig the RoadGlide was out of the box since everybody here rides one as well.
So yesterday I took the bike to the father in laws and we tore into the side of the engine and tossed the old cams aside. In went the 222's. After getting everything back together it was to late to start tweeking the Dobeck to get the thing tuned worth a darn. I rode it home a little disappointed in the cold night air.
This morning however I went out and spent a little time tuning the thing and riding it around. When convinced I had it pretty close I took it over to the father in laws again to let him take it for a spin. He came back with a smile and told me it felt good, really good. He admitted to not thinking to much of my RoadGlide, but that it is now something to have and should finally be fun to ride. I think he was surprised at the increased performance really. He hasn't been one to drive or ride anything lacking power for the better part of his life. He truly disliked my motorcycle and often teased me that it had asthma.
So without a dyno tune and a graph to show off here all I can say is that the bike is a totally different motorcycle. It has grunt that it never had before, and from about 3,000 rpm rolling on the throttle takes the silly thing to the rev limiter so fast I can't believe it as it motors away and the speedo climbs. I was thinking the cams were just going to work well at touring rpm's, but it revs like crazy and with gusto. With the stock cams it was so slugglish that there were times I was ashamed of it. When I rode with others in the mountains I called it "The slinky." Out of a turn my friends would accelerate away from me, and then I'd have to catch up by going into the next turn hot and then the process would repeat. Scared the crap out of my wife to go into corners that hot to be able to ride with people whose bikes ran the way they should.
So while I may not be able to stay up with the father in law''s Electra Glide if he doesn't want me to when we ride together at least my bike runs more like it is supposed to now. I'm very happy with this mod and would recommend it to others.
Lastly... Installing the cams saved me a future breakdown as we found an o'ring on the oil pump cut during original assembly and only the smallest bit of material holding it together and keeping a seal. The engine was certainly pregnant and carrying an iminent failure. So this saved a likely bad day from happening...