Engineman makes bad decisions: An Electra Glide story

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by engineman, Jan 8, 2019.

  1. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    I’d have a paintless dent guy have at that tank. Minimize the amount of filler, and then I’d paint it.
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  2. IronButt70

    IronButt70 You don't have to be crazy to do this but it helps

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    How many miles on the speedo? I believe 06 was the last year for the problematic spring loaded cam chain tensioners. I would highly recommend you have them checked out if the bike has over 30k miles. If you're good at wrenching there are youtube videos to show you how. If the fail while you're riding you'll probably grenade the engine. Replace them with the updated hydraulic tensioners before your trip if possible.
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  3. AK650

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    +1, along with the inner cam bearings, while in there.
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  4. IronButt70

    IronButt70 You don't have to be crazy to do this but it helps

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    :thumb
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  5. engineman

    engineman Been here awhile Supporter

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    Great info, thanks! There's 41k on it so I'll check into this.
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  6. dbarale

    dbarale Squiddly slow

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    Making it pretty will increase its resale value but may reduce the enjoyment you will get out of it. There’s something freeing and highly enjoyable about riding a bike that’s mechanically fine but looks rough. Never having to worry about another scratch or having to wash it is awesome!
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  7. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    if you think you can save the fairing and stuff, i know its not expensive to have those bits shot at a place like Maaco, or another quick moving auto paint place. it'll look great from 10 feet.

    you can also get colored/tintable "raptor liner" and if you reduce it, and shoot it with a little more pressure, it doesn't get as clumpy as bed liner, won't look half bad, and is durable as hell.
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  8. JimVonBaden

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  9. engineman

    engineman Been here awhile Supporter

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    Yep- This is generally how I feel. Especially since I live at the end of 5 miles of gravel. I cannot hope to keep a bike like this Harley remotely clean if I plan on actually riding it and if you don't ride it, whats the point
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  10. lesman

    lesman Live easy, Brake Hard

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    Great bike. A buddy has a problem with low oil pressure / kinda loud with his 2003. Changed the chain, tensioner and the oil pump with Screaming Eagle parts. It was pretty frightening how close it was to grenading. Bike ran flawless after the change. Excellent oil pressure. 4 years the parts were $ 700-800
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  11. engineman

    engineman Been here awhile Supporter

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    I'm planning on opening it up as soon as it warms up a little bit in my shop. The PO has no end of doodads and farkles on this bike so I'm really hoping I find a nice S&S gear drive in there. :D
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  12. AK650

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    That'd be ideal. I got lucky, and had less than .002" TIR on both the pinion and crank side of mine, so I went with gear drive cams. Good luck!
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  13. b1pig

    b1pig Long timer

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    You're braver than I am. After my experience with this Fat Boy we have, I never want to buy another bike I intend to take on long rides without spending at least half an hour on it first. On this particular bike, the wind rolls off the top of the windshield right onto the top of my helmet. I get horrible headaches from it. I've heard the EG/RG bikes don't suffer as much from this, but I've never ridden one.
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  14. engineman

    engineman Been here awhile Supporter

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    Definitely going to put some miles on it before we leave. Odds are there will be at least a day or two in early march when its fit to ride here.
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  15. engineman

    engineman Been here awhile Supporter

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    Little bits of progress:
    Passing lamp mount bolt was broken. In the spirit of more time than money I made a new one by drilling through a bolt I had on the shelf
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    Started Inner fairing disassembly. Lots of wires in there

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    To help me put it back together I always mark the connections, letters, numbers, shapes, colors, just something to help me rememember
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    Trackjunkie21 Been here awhile

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    Awesome score! As mentioned before, while checking the cam chain tensioner, go the extra mile and replace the inner cam bearing and measure the crank runout. for piece of mind.
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  17. engineman

    engineman Been here awhile Supporter

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    ALL of the brackets are broken. I'm hoping the used fairing I have coming from EBAY included them, I'f not I'll buy new ones. I probably could weld these back together but if they broke from fatigue before the crash they're otin gto be pretty brittle already
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  18. engineman

    engineman Been here awhile Supporter

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  19. Trackjunkie21

    Trackjunkie21 Been here awhile

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  20. engineman

    engineman Been here awhile Supporter

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    Found some work I could bring in the house since it's 0 degrees this weekend.

    Recovering the rashed speaker box
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    Lady on ebay makes and sells new covers, pretty simple fix
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    Got some help from the crafty one in the family
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    Good as new
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