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Street Glide Special First Impressions

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    Re: Street Glide Special First Impressions


    I was saying kids sink the time. Not (just) the money.

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    Re: Street Glide Special First Impressions

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    I was saying kids sync the time. Not (just) the money.
    So true, so true. I forget about sometimes that nowadays. We're down to our last dweller now, and now that his buddies are starting to get their drivers licenses, we hardly see him!

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    Re: Street Glide Special First Impressions

    Got the HD branded dunlop off the rear wheel of my RK yesterday. What a brick! One of the stiffest tires I've ever handled. The Metzeler that went on felt like a road-race slick in comparison. Butter.

    Cannot wait to ride it.

    Now, to figure out how to correctly set the belt tension. Seems I need to adjust to between 3/8 and 9/16ths of travel while adjusting using a 36mm wrench and the axle torqued to 20 ftlbs and 4.5 kg of force on the belt. No problemo!

    Also discovered that if you leave the air-over-oil shock in your tool cart overnight with the disconnected air-port facing down all the oil will leak out of the shock!
    I need to switch to aftermarket coil-overs soon!

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    Re: Street Glide Special First Impressions

    I found having a second set of hands helped quite a bit when tourqeuing the axle nut. My adjusters kept creeping on mine.

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    Re: Street Glide Special First Impressions

    I love yootoobe!



    Looks like this procedure is in my future. I like that he mentions that a shock leaked an lost an "unknown amount of fluid". Uh, yup! Can relate!

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    Re: Street Glide Special First Impressions

    Also meant to mention you can get belt deflection tools for $20-30, depending on which tool you opt for.

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    Re: Street Glide Special First Impressions

    I have the deflection tool. I'm not sure if I am just a klutz, a perfectionist, or what. But it took me a few tries to get the belt the way I wanted it. As is it is probably a smidge tight, but whatever, it's done. Time to ride.

    FWIW, I can be the same way with chain adjustments too. I am never happy with how a chain is adjusted and eventually just get distracted with something else.

    Book calls for an off-set torque adapter to use on the rear axle bolt. Not clear why as there is plenty of access for a socket.

    Unfortunately I am not ready to ride yet. As mentioned, I had some of the shock fluid leak out. Not knowing how much I decided to do that vacuum fluid swap per the video above. It turns out I'd lost very little fluid as I got almost a full 10 oz out of both sides. Also the oil that came out was pretty clean. Not nearly as funky as the putrid snot I've taken out of the forks of most japanese motorcycles I've owned.
    But again, whatever. I had some 10wt on the shelf from racing. So she got a full shock oil swap. Unfortunately on re-assembly I have an air leak for the air-over-oil system. Then I ran out of time to screw with it. I have to track that down, resolve and then finish re-assembling the bike. Oh, yeah, and a brake pad swap. Might as well while in there. Then the rear should be good to go for at least 10k miles.

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    Re: Street Glide Special First Impressions

    Got an evening in on the new Metzeler rear. I like these tires.

    The 7 year old juice Harley put in the rear shocks must have been poo or something. With fresh 10wt and 8 psi of air in the shocks the bike suddenly handles washboard and potholes SO MUCH BETTER. Night and day!

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    Re: Street Glide Special First Impressions

    Managed to drag a floorboard this weekend. Big Shirl was so not impressed.

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    Re: Street Glide Special First Impressions

    Quote Originally Posted by Stoneman View Post
    Managed to drag a floorboard this weekend. Big Shirl was so not impressed.
    After doing that a few times I got in the habit of checking the floorboard hinges pretty regularly. That thing binding and then hitting the pavement could make for a bad day

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    Re: Street Glide Special First Impressions

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    After doing that a few times I got in the habit of checking the floorboard hinges pretty regularly. That thing binding and then hitting the pavement could make for a bad day
    I've already been advised to hit those with Dubbya-Dee every once in a while.

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