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Forget what? I have electric start on my '72 CH, and electronic ignition. It's pretty nice starting and running.

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Do you have any other experience as an auto mechanic? There is a lot to be learned during the process.

My indie mechanic has a saying, "Do not tear down a good running engine".

My advice is to go thru some detailed check sequences and fix any smaller problems. Do not even think about tearing it all down until a problem is specifically identified that will require that.

Be sure to buy both of the Factory Manuals, and study them...
99484-78 Factory Service Manual
99451-78B Factory Parts Catalog
Get these from a local indie motorcycle shop or Harley dealership, or put the part numbers into the Google and eBay searches.

Here is a start...

Cylinder Compression And Leakage Tests For Your Ironhead
http://xlforum.net/forums/showthread.php?t=48311

Ironhead Push Rod Adjustment
http://xlforum.net/forums/showthread.php?t=44143

Ironhead Charging System Checkout
http://xlforum.net/forums/showthread.php?t=39146

Intake And Exhaust Leaks Tests
http://xlforum.net/forums/showthread.php?t=39766

IronHead Clutch Adjustment Procedure
http://xlforum.net/forums/showthread.php?t=70728

Cleaning a Carb
http://xlforum.net/forums/showthread.php?t=185361

Setting The Pilot Screw on Your IronHead
http://xlforum.net/forums/showthread.php?t=71361

Tips For De-hibernating Your IronHead
http://xlforum.net/forums/showthread.php?t=69876

IronHead Maintenance Schedules
http://xlforum.net/forums/showthread.php?t=923013

gapping points and static timing video
http://xlforum.net/forums/showthread.php?t=231711
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Might be worth making a list of parts suppliers / Ironhead friendly mechanics on your route?

Agree 100% with what Mick says, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

Good luck! Hope you’ll do a ride report, sounds great.

The help and advice you’ll get here is second to none - if I were undertaking a similar trip I’d want access to the internet in my pocket to ask questions here if you get stuck. You could argue that’s cheating a bit but I don’t think anyone would mind.
I agree don't mess with a well running engine. Mapping out the route for gas and parts is a good Idea though. I would bring all the small exchangeables with me. Basically, if your bike runs well now, do all the maintainence checks Mick posted. If all is well, pack the replacement parts you can and ride.
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Extra advance springs. You can’t get them just anywhere, and they are prone to breaking if you still use points or points replacement ignitions like the dyna s. They are sure to cause you grief if you don’t plan for it.
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I plan on utilizing the friends of traveling motorcyclist to plan my trip. I do have some oil leaks that need attending my primary keeps filling up with oil
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