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Old 05-11-2013, 09:22 PM   #1891
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The kit has only three of each size. Came close to needing four of the same. The Hot Cam Kit comes in .05 size steps. Could have used some mid sizes. Specs call for .08-.13. If your at the limits there isn't much wiggle room. I believe HD stocks every size. I may go with them next time. Meanwhile, I got lots of shims.
Pick a larger size and flat sand it to your exact spec.
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:14 PM   #1892
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Pick a larger size and flat sand it to your exact spec.
No, don't. Shims are only case hardened; once that's worn through you're asking for trouble.
Shimming loose is better than shimming tight.
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:11 AM   #1893
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Sanding shims may or may not be a good solution.
My problems begin and end at not having a garage. I work in a condo parking lot. I am not comfortable leaving my engine open in a public parking lot while I go gallivanting around looking for the perfect size shims. Now, that I know more about what I need, I'll pickup a handful of shims ahead of time.
I had never been into the guts of this engine before and did not know the range of size shims I would be needing. I used 2-2.40 and a 2.45 and left in a 2.40 that was at .08 (the min).

Anyone need some bigger and smaller shims in the 1.85+ or 3.25- realm?
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:17 AM   #1894
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No, don't. Shims are only case hardened; once that's worn through you're asking for trouble.
Shimming loose is better than shimming tight.
Shim under bucket, you can sand them all day long. Or my Strom with 35,000 miles on it has been asking for trouble for the last 20,000 miles.

Shim spot on, and quit your whining.
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:37 AM   #1895
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Shim under bucket, you can sand them all day long. Or my Strom with 35,000 miles on it has been asking for trouble for the last 20,000 miles.

Shim spot on, and quit your whining.
You needed a valve adjustment on your Wee with just 15k on the clock???

That is the lowest miles I have ever heard of a valve adjustment on a wee.
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:42 AM   #1896
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You needed a valve adjustment on your Wee with just 15k on the clock???

That is the lowest miles I have ever heard of a valve adjustment on a wee.
There were extenuating circumstances having to do with a leaky intake valve seal and a little bit of valve lapping.



But I also sanded my KLR shims, just was careful to install them sanded side down.
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Old 05-14-2013, 09:36 PM   #1897
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Pick a larger size and flat sand it to your exact spec.


I was just about to ask "doesn't anyone flat file anymore?"

Its not like a bike ever needs bigger shims...
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Old 05-18-2013, 04:58 PM   #1898
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They do have plenty of dealers, and some of the best help I ever got was at Harley dealerships.
I once had a guy dig out about 10 different sets of handlebars, and the ones I wanted were $25.00!

It just a shame they do not make anything new I would want to ride.

I should get an old sportster and make a general purpose dual sport out of it.
That would be loads of fun.
If I hadn't bought my Road Glide I would have bought one of these. I sat on it and it just felt right.
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Old 05-18-2013, 05:30 PM   #1899
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If I hadn't bought my Road Glide I would have bought one of these. I sat on it and it just felt right.
I rode one at a demo day... it was very nice!
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Is that a weld line on the gas tank? One thing Harley does extra the rest don't, is not have that line on the gas tank. Maybe it is just the picture.
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Old 05-19-2013, 11:25 AM   #1901
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Is that a weld line on the gas tank? One thing Harley does extra the rest don't, is not have that line on the gas tank. Maybe it is just the picture.
The white line? That's a reflection from the superior paint.
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No. Above the front cylinder, by the frame. It likes a weld line like on the jap bikes. I wonder if Harley is cheaping out, or is it just the angle.
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Old 05-19-2013, 01:29 PM   #1903
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The white line? That's a reflection from the superior paint.
yep, I am impressed. This has to be the best paint job from the factory ever. It is almost like glass, no orange peel that I can see. I watched a video and they said it is a 14 step process.

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Old 05-19-2013, 10:51 PM   #1904
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No motorcycle manufacture does a better paint job than Harley Davidson.




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Old 05-19-2013, 11:00 PM   #1905
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No motorcycle manufacture does a better paint job than Harley Davidson.
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My current gold wing and previous ST1300 have amazing paint jobs. But this metal flake might have them beat. I would have to see one in person. and test ride it to make sure.
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