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I mentioned this work in another thread and was asked more about it.  Needing little excuse to put up pictures of the old bike here we go  :2vrolijk_21: .


For it's 20th birthday I put a new top end on the old Road Glide.  The bike had no issues, didn't leak, and gave signs of having no reason to mess with.  So I messed with it anyway.  A dozen years ago the only engine work it ever got was to swap on a set of heads from Brian Webb's 96" Road Glide (Los Dragon) and install a set of Mackie's 510 cams.  The cams bumped the bottom end just a little.  Earlier and slightly stronger.  But never a big deal.  That was it.  Out of all the chit I've done to that bike that's all that was ever done to the engine.  Until now.

Now it's TMan's 625 cams, his head work to match, cylinder work and pistons going to 98" and about 10.25:1.  It's enough to make a significant change in the bike.  The following is the (pictorial) story:


1) Cut the crap out of the engine to make room for the cams
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Re: New Top End -- Power Coat and Diamond Cut -- for Old Road Glide
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2020, 11:44:23 PM »

Made a mess.
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Re: New Top End -- Power Coat and Diamond Cut -- for Old Road Glide
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2020, 11:44:50 PM »

But now the new cams fit!
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Re: New Top End -- Power Coat and Diamond Cut -- for Old Road Glide
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2020, 11:45:57 PM »

New cam plate, pump, etc......  Almost to the money shot...... (anticipa-a-tion, is making me wait).
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Re: New Top End -- Power Coat and Diamond Cut -- for Old Road Glide
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2020, 11:46:31 PM »

Comparison and contrast (and drool).
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Re: New Top End -- Power Coat and Diamond Cut -- for Old Road Glide
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2020, 11:47:29 PM »

As pretty inside as outside.
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« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2020, 11:49:01 PM »

All the inside.  I did do one thing differently than the shop would have done on their own.  Paid just a little extra not to use beehives.  Beehive springs give me the heebee jeebees.
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Re: New Top End -- Power Coat and Diamond Cut -- for Old Road Glide
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2020, 11:50:33 PM »

More money shot.
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Re: New Top End -- Power Coat and Diamond Cut -- for Old Road Glide
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2020, 11:53:11 PM »

Because I hate now and have ALWAYS HATED manual compression releases had the shop cut the heads for automatic compression releases also.  Wired in off the starter circuit.  Jim talked me through a concern setting them up. 

Did wire them with a toggle switch inline.  Just in case.  Fortunate I did that.  In temps 80 or below so far they've not been necessary.  Bike does have a high torque starter.  Still nice to know they're there when needed on some hot weather hot engine day.
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« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2020, 11:54:12 PM »

More money shot.  Just because I like it.  Went with a dark red to very closely matches the Midnight Red that's a predominant color on the bike.
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Re: New Top End -- Power Coat and Diamond Cut -- for Old Road Glide
« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2020, 11:55:18 PM »

In the sunlight.
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« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2020, 11:57:40 PM »

It was finished off with new Supermeg 2-1 from Supertrapp.  Was tired of the very loud and over a decade old FatCats. 

A little over 300 miles on these new pipes and they're growing on me.  I was not completely happy with them during installation.  Not sure I'd use them again.  But they are growing on me.  I definitely don't hate their sound.
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« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2020, 11:58:38 PM »

Ok.  That's it.  That's probably the most attention this old section of the site has received this decade.
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Re: New Top End -- Power Coat and Diamond Cut -- for Old Road Glide
« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2020, 12:05:31 AM »

 :2vrolijk_21: :2vrolijk_21:  The old girl is looking great!   :2vrolijk_21: :2vrolijk_21:
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« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2020, 12:27:11 AM »

:2vrolijk_21: :2vrolijk_21:  The old girl is looking great!   :2vrolijk_21: :2vrolijk_21:

Thanks Greg.  I'm liking the look.  It may be a bit "dated" by contemporary standards but it's a look I like.  Hell, I'm a little dated so it makes sense.

The engine work has significantly changed the bike.  As expected; but it's a significant change.  The new cams come in later than did the little torquey 510s.  The new cams pull a lot harder when you get on the cam profile though.  And they pull a lot longer.  It's about a 250-ish RPM difference.  It's just about a one gear difference for most speeds.  Definitely don't want to short-shift it now.  I'm still occasionally shifting just a bit too early.  A dozen years of habit on a bike will take a few miles to break.

On the highway at 75 is a sweet spot for it now in 6th gear.  That's going to be nice.  Engine noise drops down to that nice deep thrum that lets you know everything is happy.  I'm still tinkering with the new exhaust.  Adding discs or taking discs out.  With the end versus without the end cap.  It's a different sound than we're used to with the end cap on but its quieter.  Probably (though not 100% sure yet) going to end up that way.  To accomplish that I may need a few more than the 20 discs that come with it though.  Chasing the tune of the exhaust is a bit of a tedious and subjective process.

All told I'm a happy camper.  It runs well and sound healthy.  It had enough miles on it that a top end refresh was justified too.  Now just want to ride it more.
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