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  1. One person in this discussion gets it! Jim

    One person in this discussion gets it!

    Jim
  2. I have fixed this swap dozens of times for...

    I have fixed this swap dozens of times for customers who do not know how to measure and compare, and think the wheels are the same because they look the same. Use your due diligence and your depth...
  3. Shovel era mags are symmetrical and the FLH...

    Shovel era mags are symmetrical and the FLH single disc wheels are interchangeable, with the caveat I noted above: they use studs & nuts for the sprocket, making swapping the wheels more difficult....
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    You have an aftermarket bearing set with internal...

    You have an aftermarket bearing set with internal fork stop. The pins are to keep the cup from rotating in the frame. You will have to CAREFULLY grind them down if they are fouling the bearing. All...
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    Top & bottom cones should be the same. Jim

    Top & bottom cones should be the same.

    Jim
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    The Cometic top end gasket set with the MLS head...

    The Cometic top end gasket set with the MLS head gaskets is the one I like. Foolproof if you follow their instructions for the head bolt torque method. You will need to know if it's an 883 or 1200,...
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    Crank it up and see if it's venting through the...

    Crank it up and see if it's venting through the head ports.

    Jim
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    I looked back through my manuals to refresh my...

    I looked back through my manuals to refresh my memory. The '91 was a head breather, evidently, so my apologies for that error.

    Jim
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    If it's a head breather, there is an umbrella...

    If it's a head breather, there is an umbrella valve in each rocker box that should let air out, but not back in. But if the breathers are clear, your oil leaks are from failed orings I suppose.
    ...
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    You need just enough radial clearance for the...

    You need just enough radial clearance for the springs (and lower collar) to sit flat on the head. The springs are positioned by the shoulder on the lower spring collar, on the ID, so the OD just...
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    On the early 5 speed XL, the crankcase vents...

    On the early 5 speed XL, the crankcase vents through a fitting in the cam cover near the front exhaust tappet block, same as the 4 speed evo XLs. (If I remember correctly.) The motor does not breathe...
  12. You can rotate the tires (and wheels) on the FLs...

    You can rotate the tires (and wheels) on the FLs through at least 1980. That was advised to equalize tire wear. The wheels are the same. On the rear the axle spacers offset the wheel. And at least...
  13. I believe all the rigid frame models have the...

    I believe all the rigid frame models have the rear wheel centered. I'm not sure about the DouGlides either, but I now have one so I'll be able to figure it out. In any event, it's not much offset.
    ...
  14. I did make a mistake in an earlier post about the...

    I did make a mistake in an earlier post about the square swingarm four speeds. The difference in the axle spacer on the left, and the caliper bracket on the right is right at .19". That means the...
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    '71 and '72 FX were just that (with a 19" wheel)....

    '71 and '72 FX were just that (with a 19" wheel). I liked mine. Just keep the bike narrow and compact, i.e., no three foot wide forward controls hanging off the front of it and such and it will look...
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    Somebody welded up the drain holes, but left a...

    Somebody welded up the drain holes, but left a porous weld. You will probably have to grind the weld out of the leaky one and weld it again.
    The JB Weld trick for the seal bore is as good a...
  17. 69, Respectfully, you're wrong. I've done...

    69,

    Respectfully, you're wrong. I've done analysis of the PARTS of many of these bikes over almost half a century, and what I have written above is true.

    H-D started addressing this in the...
  18. I haven't ridden it much since putting the chain...

    I haven't ridden it much since putting the chain primary back on it. With the wheel centered and the belt drive, it went dead straight, hands off and arms folded at 70mph, as it should be. (Many four...
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    Yes, your top nut in the picture is upside down....

    Yes, your top nut in the picture is upside down. The cap for it is just decorative. Yes, set fall away with that nut.

    Jim
  20. For the shovel four speed chassis with the square...

    For the shovel four speed chassis with the square swingarm, the rear wheel is offset from centerline by about .19, or 3/16 inch. 6.5mm is about 1/4 inch, so that's a little more than what the round...
  21. You can set up your bike as you wish. ALL the...

    You can set up your bike as you wish. ALL the swingarm H-D big twins had the rear wheel offset to the left, as I stated above. I believe that is to compensate for the rather heavy primary drive...
  22. On XLs they are in line, as far as I know. On the...

    On XLs they are in line, as far as I know. On the swingarm big twins the rear wheel is offset to the left by varying amounts, depending on which chassis family. I don't know about the rigid frame...
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    If you have a digital voltmeter, you can check...

    If you have a digital voltmeter, you can check stator output on the AC scale. It should be approx. 10V AC per 1000rpm. You have already checked that the stator is not grounded. If you have output,...
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    Good pictures. That made the answers easy. Jim

    Good pictures. That made the answers easy.

    Jim
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    Answers 1) Yes, this is a cocked-up MESS. 2)...

    Answers

    1) Yes, this is a cocked-up MESS.
    2) Yes, you need the check valve & spring in the filter base.
    3) NO! DO NOT remove the cam cover. If you find you need to remove the cam cover, you...
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