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    The clutch pushrod adjustment, at the pressure...

    The clutch pushrod adjustment, at the pressure plate, and the cable adjustment, for hand lever travel, are two different things. The reason for the pushrod adjustment is to be sure that the release...
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    +++^^^ Most people try to adjust the valves...

    +++^^^

    Most people try to adjust the valves too tight in an attempt to make them quieter. I think that is an error.

    Jim
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    With shovels, the opposite happens. The cylinders...

    With shovels, the opposite happens. The cylinders grow (it's a tall motor) and the valve lash increases on solids.

    Jim
  4. Thread: 1997 xl883 Cams

    by JBinNC
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    Well the #2 cam does have the ignition rotor...

    Well the #2 cam does have the ignition rotor attached, so did you remove all the ignition stuff from the cam cover before removing it?

    Jim
  5. With a Dyna S dual fire, with one electronic...

    With a Dyna S dual fire, with one electronic pickup on the backing plate, you need a pair of 6V coils wired in series. Dynatek can supply those coils. One coil will run the left side and the other,...
  6. The only way to read plugs when you are trying to...

    The only way to read plugs when you are trying to jet is to do a run at the rpm in question, under load, do a throttle chop, and pull the plugs.

    If you hear any pinging, back that timing off...
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    Ding ding ding. ^^^ Wire in the harness...

    Ding ding ding. ^^^

    Wire in the harness shorting through the insulation when hot. It happens. I just fixed (I hope) a similar problem. Harness at the handlebar switches ('96 - up style) were...
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    Damn, my free advice is costing ME money! Well,...

    Damn, my free advice is costing ME money!
    Well, I 'd rather owe it to you than beat you out of it.

    Jim
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    Sorry, my mistake. Yes, HD used a lot of 18 pitch...

    Sorry, my mistake. Yes, HD used a lot of 18 pitch series threads in their designs, especially pre - WWII.

    Jim
  10. There are some pics in the repair manual. Jim

    There are some pics in the repair manual.

    Jim
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    On a shovel, you are filtering oil on the return...

    On a shovel, you are filtering oil on the return side, and anything that reduces restrictions on the return side will help with oil scavenging. That said, 1/8 NPT fittings are used on Harleys all the...
  12. I wasn't kidding in my first comment. Eli, you...

    I wasn't kidding in my first comment. Eli, you need a longer clutch cable.

    Jim
  13. Only because the mousetrap is so finicky to set...

    Only because the mousetrap is so finicky to set up and adjust. If Eli is having trouble setting up the easiest clutch in the world to deal with, going to something more complicated may not be the...
  14. Looks like you need a longer cable. ...

    Looks like you need a longer cable.

    Seriously, if you can't get a standard shovel clutch to work easily, you need to rethink the parts you are using. A mousetrap would be the last thing you need...
  15. Thread: VOES again

    by JBinNC
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    Pulling a trike, your motor would benefit from...

    Pulling a trike, your motor would benefit from the electronic ignition and VOES.
    You will want to build for torque, and a moderate compression ratio will help you as well. The stock heads should do...
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    Your choice is to find another pulley, or use the...

    Your choice is to find another pulley, or use the opportunity to convert to chain final drive. You can use all earlier XL five speed chain drive parts, sprockets and chain, all stock, off the shelf...
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    The tank mounts are for the typical two piece...

    The tank mounts are for the typical two piece Softail tanks with center dash/speedo. With the curve in the top tube, I don't know how well you would be able to get the tanks to fit. And the front...
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    Proceed as if you have a vacuum leak, even though...

    Proceed as if you have a vacuum leak, even though you cannot detect one. If the intake has bands, replace them. The orings usually don't give any trouble. Check the intake for a vacuum fitting cap...
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    The CV works really well, but you have to get the...

    The CV works really well, but you have to get the low end jetting fat enough or you will not be happy with it. I like to start with the Keihin performance jetting kit for an evo big twin, as it has...
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    On some of those XLs from that time, the sprocket...

    On some of those XLs from that time, the sprocket nut would loosen, sometimes destroying the lock plate or lock screw, and then the pulley will start to move back and forth on the splines until the...
  21. Thread: VOES again

    by JBinNC
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    To get a little deeper into the weeds: All of...

    To get a little deeper into the weeds:

    All of these battery and coil ignitions need a method of advancing and retarding the spark so the motor will run efficiently.
    The modern electronic...
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    If your bike won't PULL in any gear, the splines...

    If your bike won't PULL in any gear, the splines in the transmission output pulley are stripped. That is an occasional problem of the XLs. With the motor off, select any gear and see if the bike will...
  23. With a stroke of 3 31/32, and the pistons you...

    With a stroke of 3 31/32, and the pistons you have, your motor has been upped to 74cu.in. That is not uncommon.

    Jim
  24. If it's any consolation, I just took in a...

    If it's any consolation, I just took in a cylinder set from another shop with the same problem. This one is a 103cu.in. shovel. Fancy pistons, ceramic top, skirt coating, front piston galled bad,...
  25. BTW, your pictures show that FL (74cu.in.)...

    BTW, your pictures show that FL (74cu.in.) pistons are fitted. Take the time to measure the stroke. A steel rule will do for that. Your motor may already be upgraded to an FL.

    Jim
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