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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-14-2019, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Suggestions for upgrade - 2000 Softail Fatboy

Trying to get an idea of what the general consensus is for getting more low-end power/performance from a 2000 Softail Fatboy. Its 88 CI, 5 speed, carbureted. It just has a Hooker Header dual exhaust. It's my GFs bike; she doesn't even ride that much anyways. If I did buy another bike for her to ride, I would probably ride it more than she would.

What would you guys recommend? I always thought a low-end cam like Andrew's 21 or 26. However, a local indy told me I should get an S&S carb instead.

I do not want to bore it out, just too much money, and I do not really think it's worth it.
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Also change the exhaust from a dual to a 2 into 1. Every little bit will help. I had an 01 Fatboy. Always wondered what could've gotten out of that had I changed out the true duals to a different exhaust as well had done cams. But then I took out a Road Glide, and said damnit, I need one of these.

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I have a 2001 Nightrain I have added parts to a little at a time:
-I started with a high flow intake filter (SE or K&N, I don't even remember now)
-Roland Sands two into one exhaust with quiet baffle
-V&H fuel pack
-S & S 509 cams
This is my daily commuter / bar hopper / beater bike, so I was looking for light to light fun for some in town excitement, not top end performance. I was not interested in big bore kits or any of that, I wanted to stay with the stock heads, intake and injectors. The intake made no difference I could feel. The exhaust was a big improvement over the straight pipe duals I had before, the fuel pack fixed the rideability issues and the cams woke the bike UP {huge difference}. I did the 2007 and up cam plate, oil pump and cam chain tensioners while I was in the cam chest, with the adjustable push rods and everything went together well.
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A good 2into1 exhaust, torque building cams and the S&S carb tuned for the combo will make a big difference. But there is still no replacement for displacement.
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I get what you guys are saying.

A local indy told me I should get an S&S carb instead of a cam. I always thought a cam would give better results than a carb, maybe I'm wrong.

So, between the two what would you do?
Carb or cam?
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I have a 2001 Nightrain I have added parts to a little at a time:
-I started with a high flow intake filter (SE or K&N, I don't even remember now)
-Roland Sands two into one exhaust with quiet baffle
-V&H fuel pack
-S & S 509 cams
This is my daily commuter / bar hopper / beater bike, so I was looking for light to light fun for some in town excitement, not top end performance. I was not interested in big bore kits or any of that, I wanted to stay with the stock heads, intake and injectors. The intake made no difference I could feel. The exhaust was a big improvement over the straight pipe duals I had before, the fuel pack fixed the rideability issues and the cams woke the bike UP {huge difference}. I did the 2007 and up cam plate, oil pump and cam chain tensioners while I was in the cam chest, with the adjustable push rods and everything went together well.
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I get what you guys are saying.

A local indy told me I should get an S&S carb instead of a cam. I always thought a cam would give better results than a carb, maybe I'm wrong.

So, between the two what would you do?
Carb or cam?

Either one will be a waste without a 2 into 1 exhaust if you're looking for "low end" (e.g. torque).



Do the exhaust first, then the cam, and then - if you still need more up top - do the carb. The stock CV's are actually pretty nice for most riding, but can hold back the peak HP/top end a bit.
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