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Old 06-23-2017, 09:54 PM
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Ultima Quality

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Old 06-24-2017, 07:47 AM
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So far I have not had any problems with any of Ultima's stuff..I still think it's probably your best buy..

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Old 06-24-2017, 11:03 AM
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So far I have been running 2 engines( 127 and 120) 3 transmissions( one rsd) and 3 starters by them. I believe I have 2 of their batteries. No major problems.

Just changed the main seals on both lsd trannies to Harley seals. Not big deal.
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Old 06-24-2017, 11:18 AM
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Old 06-24-2017, 11:37 AM
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They are mostly imported but so is pretty much everything else that is affordable. I have had good success with their engines. They are less reliable than say an S&S but inch for inch they are making more power so that's some of the longevity issues. I see maintenance intervals more on guys who are replacing a stock HD motor in a stock frame. We have found 10-15K is max for lifters. 1rst top end is going to come around 25K. Once we have rebored and sized the pistons in house we have extended the top end life. Bottom ends are pretty stout though and thats the most important part!

Trannys are decent too. Cant beat the price compared to anything made in the USA. I love Baker dont get me wrong but its hard for the average guy to buy a Baker. In the trannys also I'd say they are a bit clunkier shifting but with a few miles and synthetic fluid they are tolerable. I usually run stock HD gears in my personnal bikes to tell the truth. I send them to R&D and they magnaflux the gears and back cut them. Smoothest HD tranny you will ever have.

Belt drives had some wear issues with the baskets and hubs being soft but they offer replacement baskets that have steel insets to prevent wear. I would see about 5-7K miles before the originals would wear out. I am pretty sure all the new drives come with the upgraded basket.....

Starters and electronics are a crap shoot. I make our own wire harness for builders but the Ultyima harness retail for less than it costs me to build ours. I finalkly gave in and started selling theirs too. I see about a 3-5% failure rate. They are easy to warranty if you have an issue but who wants to wire their bike more than once?

I sell the wheels too they so far are pretty trouble free. The 26" aluminum wheels are a crap shoot I have just started putting tubes in them to eliminate them from going flat. Not sure whaty the exact issue is but they seem to slowly leak from the bead. I havent had any issue with the smaller wheels so maybe its the tires. I dont do many 26" wheels especially have several leakers...("leakers" thats a trump term!, lol)

I am not brave enough to try their brakes I stick with PM or Brembo. Its just not worth the risk. Front ends are classed with the DNA stuff I think they are junk! When you have guys sayingthey are changing to a springer because they are tried of screwing with their front end chances are the have a DNA or Ultima front end.

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