This question Always gets no answers, and Tons of why would you want to do this questions.
Why you want to do this is NOT the question. How, or is it possible, IS.
I would LOVE to convert my '12 to a carb. I converted my '05 from EFI to carb and it never ran better, ran cooler, and got significantly better mileage. Not even a single bit of regret and it was extremely easy and cost less than $500.
That said, this is what you have to think about, vs justifying why YOU want to have a carb...
Converting a newer bike will be next to impossible without a huge amount of work and outlay of cash. Here are points to think about:
- No carb specific sub-harness for newer bikes. In the past when carbs and efi bikes existed you could purchase the carb specific sub-harness for abou $100 and just unplug the efi harness and replace with the carb/ignition harness.
- no aftermarket electronic ignition module for late model EFI only harness. No carb harness nor carb'd touring model past 2007 I believe, which means no aftermarket electronic ignition module. You can't use the EFI ECM without EFI crap for ignition only.
- You'd need to build your own dedicated wiring harness (wouldn't be hard) from an earlier model so you could go with an ignition module from an earlier bike. Or complete custom harness to power an aftermarket ignition. Real race bikes exist and are built every day which use state of the art ignition systems and carb....
- speedo and tach from an earlier bike might be required as they are part of the carb sub harness (speed pickup off trans).
- You're going to lose your cruise control. Period.
- Near as I can tell you can still use the same adapter used on the 5gallon tanks which allow Harley to use same tank for efi or carb bikes. It'll allow you to install a petcock.
- You'll also lose the ACR's if you have them.
- Carb mounting would be easy using an air cleaner assembly from earlier bike because the dimensions for all the bracketry is the same.
- you'll need a different switch housing to allow using carb cables...
- IF you do the conversion, nobody but someone like-minded as you (or me) will buy the bike from you as is. You'd have to convert it back to EFI.
Last edited by rageglide; 06-09-2013 at 09:22 PM.
Reason: took out a little bit of the 'tude and checked price of the harness, i was a little high $