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Old 04-13-2014, 11:08 AM   #1
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Evo Harleys

The engine that saved Harley from oblivion. The new twin cams are bigger, more powerful and run hotter, but are they better?

The '85-'99 evo era Harleys are selling cheaper than ever. They could be the future collectables.
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Old 04-13-2014, 11:15 AM   #2
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The Evo was always my favorite engine that Harley made. They just seem to run cooler and don't have the problems that the twin cams do.

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Old 04-13-2014, 12:08 PM   #3
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Twinkies are bigger, and more powerful but you can build an 80" Evo that will run with the big boys...

Great engines, great bikes! get em while the prices are right!
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Old 04-13-2014, 12:41 PM   #4
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The Evo was always my favorite engine that Harley made. They just seem to run cooler and don't have the problems that the twin cams do.

Marc
As long as you replace the shitty cylinder base gaskets and rocker box gaskets with something better.

I'd own another one. It's getting harder to find them in good shape, low mileage, unmolested.
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Old 04-13-2014, 12:46 PM   #5
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I think Evos are in the sweet spot with age, mileage, and not being the new hotness or the retro Shovelhead.

Millions of them out there.
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Old 04-13-2014, 02:45 PM   #6
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Had an 85 EVO (2nd year for it) & loved my FXRS but back then i had financial trouble & sold it for a song. 84 was first year for EVO but chain drive, 85 was first year for skinny belt drive.
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Old 04-13-2014, 03:19 PM   #7
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A carbureted EVO is the best engine Harley ever made. And they can be kept going almost forever, because they are designed to be rebuilt. They can be jetted rich enough to run cool. You can buy a never before rebuilt EVO, and know it has several rebuilds left in it. It is not powerful, but Harleys are not about power. It looks right, sounds right, and feels right. Then TC engines can be cooled down by remapping the FI to be a lot richer. It requires an expensive electronic tuner but it can be done. But you still have the flimsy cam drive chains and their poorly designed tensioner to deal with, and when a TC wears out, it will cost a lot more to rebuild.

I have never owned a Harley. All this comes from Harley owners, mechanics, and Harley forums. Oh, and I have read the EVO and TC service manuals.
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Old 04-13-2014, 04:05 PM   #8
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A carbureted EVO is the best engine Harley ever made. And they can be kept going almost forever, because they are designed to be rebuilt. They can be jetted rich enough to run cool. You can buy a never before rebuilt EVO, and know it has several rebuilds left in it. It is not powerful, but Harleys are not about power. It looks right, sounds right, and feels right. Then TC engines can be cooled down by remapping the FI to be a lot richer. It requires an expensive electronic tuner but it can be done. But you still have the flimsy cam drive chains and their poorly designed tensioner to deal with, and when a TC wears out, it will cost a lot more to rebuild.

I have never owned a Harley. All this comes from Harley owners, mechanics, and Harley forums. Oh, and I have read the EVO and TC service manuals.
Then why did you post as if you know what you are talking about?
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A carbureted EVO is the best engine Harley ever made. And they can be kept going almost forever, because they are designed to be rebuilt. They can be jetted rich enough to run cool. You can buy a never before rebuilt EVO, and know it has several rebuilds left in it. It is not powerful, but Harleys are not about power. It looks right, sounds right, and feels right. Then TC engines can be cooled down by remapping the FI to be a lot richer. It requires an expensive electronic tuner but it can be done. But you still have the flimsy cam drive chains and their poorly designed tensioner to deal with, and when a TC wears out, it will cost a lot more to rebuild.

I have never owned a Harley. All this comes from Harley owners, mechanics, and Harley forums. Oh, and I have read the EVO and TC service manuals.
You sure want people to think you know a lot about the Harley ownership and maintenance experience considering the fact that you've never owned one, never worked on them, never ridden them any appreciable distance, and would never consider ponying up the cash needed to have one in your garage.
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He wants to play I'm a Harley expert with the big boys even though he will always be too cheap to ever own one.
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Old 04-13-2014, 04:35 PM   #11
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I think Evos are in the sweet spot with age, mileage, and not being the new hotness or the retro Shovelhead.

Millions of them out there.
Exactly.

If a nice 90's Ultra crosses my path at the right price, I'm all over it!
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Old 04-13-2014, 06:33 PM   #12
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I just rescued my father's 1990 Electra Glide Ultra Classic (quite a title there) from his garage. It's been sitting for a couple years, not ridden much before that at just over 15,000 miles. First thing I did was yank the tour pak and remove the CB/intercom and all the add-on eagles and chrome crap. I'm aiming for a semi-Street Glide look but with a bit more Classic I guess. I really like the motor. Nice low-end, good sound once I pulled the drag pipes and put the stockers back on. I like the single carb as well. Time to pile on some miles.

Two things I don't like: The click when it doesn't turn over the 1st time and the oil filter adapter bolt design.

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Old 04-13-2014, 08:17 PM   #13
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I had a brand new 1996 Evo Fatboy - I'd rather walk. Bought it right and sold it in a couple of months and made a few bucks.

For riding, I prefer every twin cam I've had since.
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Old 04-13-2014, 08:31 PM   #14
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One of my favorite bikes was my 87 FXRS, if you don't hot rod them the only thing to worry about is the stock rocker boxes and base gaskets, but if you wait until the thing is warmed up nice before hammering it the base gaskets are less of a problem.

The stock clutches won't hold up to substantial performance improvements, if you stick to just cam, exhaust, carb and ignition (I like single fire myself, Dyna S, simple, not even a box to mount) a Barnett spring will make it work just fine.

I also liked the self adjusting primary doohicky I put in mine, I forget who made it. Hayden maybe?

My buddy has an 87 or 88 Electraglide his dad sold him, has about 60k on it, runs like new. Only thing done to it is an S&S super E and mufflers, rides nice, I'd take it anywhere.

Back in the day another friend had an FXRSsp, with an 89" stroker kit, head work, high compression, etc, it was silly fast but ate clutches and starters like candy.

There's a lot to like about an 80" evo with some mild mods to liven it up, just stay away from bikes with major hot rodding done to them.
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I had a brand new 1996 Evo Fatboy - I'd rather walk. Bought it right and sold it in a couple of months and made a few bucks.

For riding, I prefer every twin cam I've had since.
I liked my Evo, but it was in an FXR. I don't much care for the solid mount engines without the counterbalancers like the twin cam softails have. Had enough of that crap with my shovelhead, vibrating pain in the ass. And hands. And parts falling off.
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