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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 11-13-2019, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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Wink Not a crazy build because it was unplanned

2 years ago a local dealer had to do rod bearings and also changed the lifters otherwise I would have missed Sharkweek (I had S&S lifters in it from a stage 1 and to this day question the lifter change). 2 years later, on my way back from Sharkweek in Deadwood, the upper end really started making ungodly noises, even though it still ran strong. (commented in this thread) https://www.roadglide.org/3-%2Agener...expensive.html

Luckily for me, Dave who originally did the stage 1 (excellent guy and awesome dyno tuner) has his new shop open in PA so off it goes. He is worth the trip out of state. After some digging inside even he mentioned he could not even figure out what lifters the dealer actually put back into my bike. The lifters were blackened pretty bad for only having 12k on them they did not match anything he has seen before !!!!! After some discussions, and being that the crank is in awesome shape (runout only 2 thousands) I was thinking to myself, well if Dave is already into the motor ………….
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what are you having done, if i might inquire?
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I'm very curious to hear Dave's report on his motor work. A cam change is a whole lot cheaper than a new bike.
Again as much as I WOULD LOVE one of his 124 builds, budget is not there. (budget not even there for this one ) We discussed one of his 110 builds including ported heads, new cam, new head pipe, new larger throttle body, variable pressure clutch, etc. etc. and of course, Dave doing the Dyno tuning.
Ultimate goal is reliability with more mid-range toque and a smooth tune for fun riding while 2 up with gear, not top horsepower. I’m thinking 130 ft-lb would be perfect !!

The funny thing is towards the end of our conversation when I said “ F-it, let’s do it!” Dave commented back “Awesome. I had already sent the heads out!” Well, I guess Dave knows me better than I thought.

A new Motor is a lot cheaper than a new bike, I can’t want to see the torque number Dave gets from this.
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This is what happens when you let HD bolt on mechanics do motor work, lots of great indy shops out there & Dave will get it done right. Imho once warranty is up there’s no reason a dealer should ever see that bike again


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With low runout, are you going gear cams?

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Well. I received a call today from Dave. He found metal embedded in the piston skirts!! Uh oh!!. The high volume oil pump installed by Harley 2 years ago had a lot of scoring on the scavenging side. He is thinking maybe from poor installation??? (again supports @Nordic Berserker comment above).
Now it looks like a reality of having to replace the crank! He feels confident with this build of using a welded and balanced Harley crank rather then spending a ton more money on a S&S crank. He even mentioned that he has noticed multiple increases in S&S pricing.

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This will be a discussion when he calls me back with complete details, my budget is now really blown, so I may not be able too!
UGH!! Oh well, I do what I have to do to ride.

Still have no desire of a new bike yet!
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Marc sorry to hear about your engine trouble.
Hopefully, you'll be able to get everything fixed properly this time around.
Sounds like Dave has a very good reputation.
As far as Dealerships for repairs, My 12 has never been there as I am capable of doing all My Own Repairs.
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Going with a upgraded crank. Plan on keeping this bike for many more years so now is the time to do it and forget it!!!

Have to figure out budget changes to make this work but I know it will be worth it in the end

This basically sums up this weekend!!!



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Going with a upgraded crank.
Where is @James when we need him.......

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Hey Marc,sorry to hear about your engine issues! Once you get this fixed it’ll be like having a new bike again and you’ll be putting many more miles on it
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