Frequently Asked Questions With Answers
Question: Hey there! I have recently stumbled upon your site just googling Sportster clutches. And I must say that your site is awesome. I read the whole story/instructional on building the Sportster... awesome looking bike. It seems that you know what the hell you are doing with Sportster so I thought I might ask you a question about my late 84 XLX1000. I'm kinda paranoid about the oil flow. Is there a trick that you might know about testing your oil pump and the flow. I know if it ain't broke don't fix it but I'm trying to learn a little here. Not used to Harleys.
Question: I have a 74 that ran up until last week end. Now when I turn over the starter. Oil comes gushing out the breather. Big problem or little problem?
Question: I have a 74 Ironhead, I changed
out the head gaskets,the lower engine ones and decided to put new rings
in. Now after about 15 min of running oil wells up over the pushrod covers.
Question: How do I hook up my oil lines? (By far the most commonly asked question.)
It Runs Crappy
Question: Can you give me some reasons why my 68 XLCH backfires consistently?
Question: I have a 69 iron head electric and kick start. my dad and I just got it to turn on which is great but now she backfires. Do you have any suggestions ? We put new points condenser and spark plugs.
Question: I recently bought a 1972 Ironhead
sporty with a 1000cc. Its kick only and hasn't been tinkered with too much.
I tried to kick it over but with no success. Any tips on what might be going
Question: I'm starting with my own 74 project so far so good until I got to the swingarm. The threads are screwed up from the person before me. I'm not sure how the bike was ridden as the swingarm bolt was missing!! I'm a bit own the cheap side and really do not with to but a new one, any taps this size are around 200 bucks might as well buy a swingarm. Any suggestions????
Question: I rebuilt the swing arm bearings and installed them with the races to the inside,wide open end facing outward, then the bearings with narrow end inward to the races just like in a wheel, right?
Question: I am wanting to swap the rear over
to disc and just need to find a decent priced floating rear caliper. I haven't
been able to find a 79 swing arm and don't want to rigid it. I have a 78
Ironhead XLCH. any suggestions would be awesome thanks man.
Question: My son got a 72 ironhead for his
18th birthday and has rebuilt it and been riding for this past year, we
got all the bugs worked out and now we would like to go with disc brakes
on the rear, he is in need of a new wheel and we figured we should get the
brake setup and wheel all together. If you know the combination needed to
do this conversion and possibly have all the necessary components.
Question: I need help trying to figure out how to align the gears for the cam rollers on 77 XLCH?
Question: I have a 1975 Sportster electric start, can you install a kicker also?
Question: This may be a stupid question but I will ask
it anyway. I have a 1980 XLH1000 that needs to be
rebuilt. I am tearing the engine down and am at the point of removing
the engine sprocket nut and the clutch hub nut. Do those two nuts
have traditional threads or are they reverse threaded?
Question: Do know what size
rod bearing, race, and crank pin that will work together.
Question: Which way do the connecting rods go
Question: I'm looking for a location/fitment chart that
shows where each length of the primary cover bolts go, and a
simple chart of how to put the clutch cable back into the ramp,
do you happen to have this available?
Question: Do you have any tips for fixing a stripped out sight hole for the timing marks on the flywheel?
Question: I have a custom 1981 Ironhead, and I am trying
to figure out how to hook up a speedo. Does it hook
in to the trans or do I just have to go with one that goes on to
the axle that acts as a spacer.
Question: I have a 1972 Ironhead and the previous owner
welded shut the speedo sending unit hole. I want a speedo on
my ride. Any idea what I can do?
Question: I am turning a 74 Sportster into a old skool bobber. The front is too tall with the stock narrow front end with the stock 19" wheel with stock tire. Could you give me a couple of ideas how to lower the front. We thought about cutting the fork springs but don't know what that will do to the ride.
Question: Can you answer this question? Can an EVO Sportster fit into a 1966 sportster frame?
Question: I just bought a 2000 Sportster Sport and the previous owner laid the bike down and scraped the left bottom shock absorber. Can you take the shocks apart to replace the scraped part?
Question: Do you have any idea what the field coil resistance is supposed to be for a XL 12VDC generator? I have one that I am working on for a friend and I think someone put 6VDC coils into the 12VDC housing.
Question: I miss measures on the different
tools, especially the tool used fore locking the clutch basket and the engine
sprocket (the 2 plates with bolts and pipe pieces through) I need the exact
length and width of the plates. I have no tools that can measure that space...
Question: I'm 16. My parents bought me
a 1982 25th anniversary Ironhead XLH Sportster and its bone stock.
I've been getting used to it and now I think it's time to do some
needed care and modifying. I've talked to many people who
also had a Sporty as their first bike and, of course,
did some things to get more power out if it. I'm on a really tight
budget but would love to work with you (you have a good rep.)
A guy who named his bike "Big
Twin Killer" told he had his 1000cc ironhead "same as mine" bored
out .030 and had a really nice valve job done on it. If I bored
my jugs .030 over what would the cc be in them? Can I get a few
basic tips and advanced list of things on how to get some more
horses out of my Sporty? My bottom line is, "what can I do?" I
don't want a race bike (I don't even get close to the high rpm
so a huge cam is pointless) but I want some more kick to an old
motor! (To and from school, 65-70 on the highway.)