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Old 08-23-2017, 02:08 PM
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Post New to me '86; Building A Work List For 1st Custom Build

Hey everyone,

So, I'd been searching (for about a year) for a HD with an Evo so I could do my first custom build. Well as of last week I cam home with an '86 FXST with 22k miles. One thing I like is the low mileage on the bike, the downside is that means the bike sat for some time. The bike fires up and doesn't appear to have any odd sounds. In fact, I made a 60 mile trip home with probably 50/50 riding thru town and highway. She preformed great, shifted well with no slippage, and sounded awesome, but like any old bike there are some issues. Most of these issues appear to be cosmetic in nature but some are mechanical.

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Upon parking the bike, I smelled gas and traced the source to the accelerator cap of the accelerator pump.

I picked up a factory service manual and parts catalog so I'm set there. And, although I'm no certified tech I can read, follow directions, and know my way around with a wrench.

My question is... If it were you guys, what would you do to make sure all is well with the bike? Keep in mind this bike will be rode (not toured as I have a '13 SG for that) and is not being built as a show bike. So, although it won't be toured it will see it's fair share of 200 mile afternoon rides.

Since it will be a custom build it will be getting new fuel/oil lines, tins, lighting, front end, wheels, etc. So, as I get to each of those areas things will be lubricated, greased, and new bearing where applicable. But, I'd like to hear how you would give the bike a good once over and make sure she stays on the road with no major mechanical fatality.

Thanks in advance!!!

P.S. Here's the bike currently....
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Old 08-24-2017, 07:00 PM
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Sounds like you have it down man..I can't think of anything to add, probably why no one else has responded either...they say the big Ultima Evos need top end jobs at about 25k miles.....don't know why. I would love a response. What do they start smoking or what?

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Old 08-25-2017, 05:49 AM
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carb clean and rebuild kit 1st thing I did when I got my new old bike then flush all the old oil out with a can hanging over the bike whist running feeding the oil tank with clean oil with return going into a bucket until it showed clean ........ filters obviously, :-)

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Old 08-25-2017, 10:55 AM
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Since you're removing the carburetor I would reseal the intake while you're right there. Buying a factory manual was a great move, I always recommend one...Welcome to CC!
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Old 08-27-2017, 08:08 AM
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A bike lift too. I bought mine 25 years too late. Nice find on the bike BTW.
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