Giving the old Sportster an heart-transplant (and where will it end...?)

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by norseXL, Feb 11, 2018.

  1. norseXL

    norseXL Northman

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    I'll se what I can do, as is it's not running well and need some tuning, way to lean...
  2. Webman

    Webman Been here awhile

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    No rush, it can certainly wait until you get it dialed in.
  3. norseXL

    norseXL Northman

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    I'm in a bit of a hurry, friday's a hollyday here so hoping to get it ready for a long weekend trip.
    If I don't make it work I will have to ride a BMW! :(
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  4. norseXL

    norseXL Northman

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    First long trip of the year, works good...
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  5. anotherguy

    anotherguy Long timer

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    Man I love that bike. Nice job.
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  6. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    I said exactly those same words when I saw that photo!
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  7. norseXL

    norseXL Northman

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    SOOO, it seems lithium batteries still hasn't come to be reliable.
    Was going to start my bike to get off the ferry between Geiranger and Trollstigen but no reaction, had to do the walk of shame of the ferry.
    Rescue truck to nearest town (Ålesund) and thankfully the dealer there came opened the shop to sell me a good old fashioned AGM Harley battery.
    Long day but home with the (5 Kg heavier) bike...
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  8. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    When I went to get a new battery for my sportster the harley dealer was pushing their new lithium battery hard at me “it’s lighter, more powerful etc etc” to which I replied, this one still works and it’s 5 years old, I just don’t wanna be stuck out with a dead battery.

    If I was concerned with weight, I’d watch what I eat, and not ride a harley.
  9. AK650

    AK650 Long timer Supporter

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    Bummer. What lithium were you running?
  10. norseXL

    norseXL Northman

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    Brand called Poweroad
  11. norseXL

    norseXL Northman

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    For me, putting less weigt on the oil tank was the most important thing. Alredy welded the tank twice, thankfully it has behaved for many years now, but you never know, with my luck it would start leaking again down in the alps...
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  12. AK650

    AK650 Long timer Supporter

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    Not familiar with them. Have only used Shorai(going on third trouble free season in F800GS), and will be trying a Anti-Gravity in a Sportster( whenever I finish the damn thing!).
  13. tobiism

    tobiism Been here awhile

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    That bike is AWESOME!
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  14. norseXL

    norseXL Northman

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    Great day out today, got rid of all the chicken strips at the rear and only a 1/4" left at the front.
    Lost the headlight but duck taped it so trip continue. Beer and Jegermaister in a smal cabin by a fjord...

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  15. Laromonster

    Laromonster Lean, mean pacifist machine

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    bra jobba!
  16. norseXL

    norseXL Northman

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    Takker!
  17. madrider5150

    madrider5150 Riding somewhere

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    Wow great picture!
  18. norseXL

    norseXL Northman

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    Thanks, sadly a tourist fell to his death from that exact spot the day after...
  19. norseXL

    norseXL Northman

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    Made a small compartment to go where the ignition module cover normaly lives... IMG_20190612_075228.jpg
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  20. norseXL

    norseXL Northman

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    Great week-end out,testing the new black boxes.
    They were expensive, but worth it since my old ones were starting to leak and also starting to oxide innside...

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