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I just watched the J&P video of the cams install and feel pretty comfortable doing the job myself. Other than the speciality tools and plate for the cam bearings and the gauge needed to check run out I have everything needed. Who here has done their own and are there any issues that arise that I should know before I do this? I'll probably bite the bullet and do this swap this coming winter.


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I was thinking about doing my own to, but I looked up those tools and the cam bearing/install tools are about $300.00, I think I'll have a good shop do mine, they have to feed thier kids to. I love doing my own work but with the cost of the tools which I won't use at all I'll let a pro do it. I'll do the monotubes and figure out which 21" wheel I want.

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A friend of mine bought the tools off of ebay for about $130 shipped. Then I purchased a cam locking tool and lifter holders for $40. We have changed cams in his bike and mine with no issues. Only thing I wish I had done, was buy new lifters.

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My cams are on the truck, scheduled for delivery today. I'll be doing the install on Saturday.

One of the members here, X in Black, has a set of the tools that he's willing to rent for a very reasonable price. They should be here today or tomorrow as well.

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Got a quote for 1400.00 for cams, lifters, dyno tune. They get about 400.00 for labor. I can live with that. I'm sure the'll do a good job. I'm not so sure of my confedense on doing it myself. What cams are you goin with?

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Got a quote for 1400.00 for cams, lifters, dyno tune. They get about 400.00 for labor. I can live with that. I'm sure the'll do a good job. I'm not so sure of my confedense on doing it myself. What cams are you goin with?
I had a quote from an Indy here for $1200 for cams, rods and lifters. Tune wasn't included in that. And he really wanted to push the parts that he sells.

I've watched every video out there and I now have a high degree of confidence that I can do it myself and likely have better results.

I'm going with Woods TW-222 cams, Woods directional lifters, and Fuelmoto pushrods. All tolled, I'm saving 500 bucks. If you count the fact that I won't need a dyno tune (FM sent me a known good PV map for this setup), I'm even farther ahead!


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My thought process is this. I'm installing a Dragos pipe and thunder max with Drago tune. As long as I get cams that Frank is familiar with I should just need to get a new base tune from him and let the auto tune do the rest. Hell, with the deal I got from him on the pipe and tuner ill likely get cams from him as well. I understand that bike mechanics need to feed their families but I also like to get to know my ride better by wrenching on it myself.


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I did mine myself. It's easy. I've got the bearing removal and install tools if'n you need em! You can save a ton of money doing it yourself. It's an easy job!

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btw....The cam lock and lifter removal tools are not necessary for this job. Save you a few more bucks!

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I just watched the J&P video of the cams install and feel pretty comfortable doing the job myself. Other than the speciality tools and plate for the cam bearings and the gauge needed to check run out I have everything needed. Who here has done their own and are there any issues that arise that I should know before I do this? I'll probably bite the bullet and do this swap this coming winter.


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Just be real aware of the push rod tpi and what the manufacturer of the lifer recommends for adjustment. If you are running chain drive, don't worry so much about run out. When running gear drives, then worry about it and believe me, you will know when youhave run out issues with gear drives. Good Luck. OH and take a look at Goerges Garage, that is where I bout my cam bearing install and removal tool. Hope this helps.
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