Completed the 1200 conversion this afternoon. New Cometic gaskets. 2004 HD 1200 cylinders, Wiseco 1200 dished Pistons for 2001 883 heads. The bore and stroke for the 2004 1200 jugs is the same as the bore and stroke for the 2000-2003 1200 Sportsters, 88.8 mm bore x 96.8 mm stroke (3.5" bore x 3.8" stroke), thanks for the info Crazy Horse Frank! I scored the SLIGHTLY used 04 jugs at the Long Beach Swap Meet for 40 bones! My freind JonnyRottn hooked me up with Wiseco pistons, used but barely. To me it looks unique with the bigger fins which means better cooling. Definately a budget 1200 conversion that should work well. Not a drag motor but enough to rapidly get out in front of the bus!
Friday, July 30, 2010
I needed to borrow a torque wrench and my freind Randy happened to have one. So he rides over with the wrench strapped to his Z-Bars on his cool Honda CB750 chopper in a garage built hardtail married to a stock CB750 frame. Foot clutch/Jockey shift, quick, nimble, dual front Tokico brakes, dual Tokico rear brakes, and loud enough to get a cager's attention when splitting lanes!
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Respects to all the Cats that run front brakeless with those bitchin' spool hubs! But I think you guys are crazy! I'm thinking of using a Nissin front brake caliper. My amigo Matt Tobias gave me the run down on what year and model caliper and how to set it up for the 39mm Showa fork.
Friday, July 23, 2010
When rebuilding your engine you need the proper tools to do the job right. Don't listen to your friends when they tell you that you can use your fingers to compress piston rings, get a piston ring compressor. If you have any old baked on gasket material get some good gasket remover spray to make it a little easier scraping off the old gasket. And don't forget a good torque wrench when putting that engine back together. Save time, save headaches, use the right tools!
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Ordered my gasket kit for my Sporty top end this morning. The name that kept coming up was Cometic! A little pricey but I don't think you should skimp on gaskets! I lucked out at the last LB Swap meet and scored a set of 1200cc Sportster cylinders that were hardly used (cross hatching from the factory hone is still visibly apparent!) for 40 bones! A woman had purchased a used 1200 Sporty but told the shop she wanted everything on the engine to be new so the shop removed some good parts for brand new ones! Little did she know that her motor was barely used. Hey, the customer is always right! Once the gaskets come in my motor is going back together!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Reworked my old cam cover and decided to polish it so it matches my primary and rocker covers. Its alot of work as I've already mentioned. 80 grit to knock down and big scratches and nicks in the aluminum, 120 grit to knock down the swirls left by the 80 grit, 220 directional wet sanding, 400, 600, then 1000 grit to get a smooth finish. Then a couple of cotton tee shirts and Mother's Polish. Voila, polished cam cover!