The Sportster and Buell Motorcycle Forum - The XLFORUM®
 

Go Back   The Sportster and Buell Motorcycle Forum - The XLFORUM® > SPORTSTER MOTORCYCLE FORUM > Sportster Motorcycle Era Specific and Model Specific > Ironhead Sportster Motorcycle Talk (1957-1985)
XLF Blogs XLF Arcade XLF Disclaimer/Privacy Statement/Terms Of Use

Notices

Ironhead Sportster Motorcycle Talk (1957-1985) For all those that wanna talk about Ironhead Sportster Motorcycles

Active Threads
0 Keep & Kill
Last Post: Graywolf
Posted On: 31 Minutes Ago
Replies: 25,579
Views: 1,495,395
0 72 ih stroker advise needed
Last Post: RicThompson
Posted On: 32 Minutes Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 961
0 Official XL Forum Random Image Thread (NO NUDITY!)
Last Post: Stairman
Posted On: 33 Minutes Ago
Replies: 52,523
Views: 8,866,448
0 Allegheny National Park III
Last Post: Stairman
Posted On: 36 Minutes Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 762
0 Hello from CT
Last Post: fafcpa
Posted On: 38 Minutes Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 67
0 '74 Front Brake Caliper leaking
Last Post: flthd31
Posted On: 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 59
0 71 XLH Value?
Last Post: joe s
Posted On: 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 457
0 Aftermarket nose cone module vs aftermarket under seat module
Last Post: bustert
Posted On: 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 231
0 Snippets
Last Post: Crusty
Posted On: 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 523
Views: 73,933
0 Had to wait for the snow to fall to pick up my 73
Last Post: sungod
Posted On: 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 384
0 Hottie of the day, no nudity.
Last Post: Stairman
Posted On: 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 33,080
Views: 3,901,118
0 Grenade plate fix with XR1200 parts...
Last Post: Andy56
Posted On: 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 73
Views: 14,309
0 What song do you have stuck in your head?
Last Post: iNSaNeSHaNe
Posted On: 12 Hours Ago
Replies: 2,457
Views: 265,650
0 NOS cases
Last Post: Ferrous Head
Posted On: 14 Hours Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 1,043
0 Iree's late night cafe
Last Post: Graywolf
Posted On: 15 Hours Ago
Replies: 2,175
Views: 376,233
0 04 Sportster refurb and build.
Last Post: BillPlayfoot
Posted On: 15 Hours Ago
Replies: 35
Views: 2,488
0 Facebook sales listing
Last Post: rokytnji
Posted On: 16 Hours Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 60
0 a definitive sportster chain conversion pros and cons list
Last Post: rokytnji
Posted On: 16 Hours Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 1,258
0 1960 XLH Stroker – a 13 year journey
Last Post: brucstoudt
Posted On: 17 Hours Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 501
0 Lectron Carbs: anyone used them?
Last Post: rejeanprimeau
Posted On: 17 Hours Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 176
0 Exhaust compatability?
Last Post: Racepres
Posted On: 21 Hours Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 97
0 KT - 2021 - You're In It Now
Last Post: sportsterpaul
Posted On: 21 Hours Ago
Replies: 77
Views: 14,761
0 2021 Iron Butt Rally
Last Post: ParrotHead
Posted On: 22 Hours Ago
Replies: 155
Views: 17,177
0 90" of Street-based FUN coming downunder
Last Post: ParrotHead
Posted On: 22 Hours Ago
Replies: 351
Views: 71,079
0 Food porn
Last Post: Stairman
Posted On: 23 Hours Ago
Replies: 2,560
Views: 609,750
0 video & pics
Last Post: cal43
Posted On: 1 Day Ago
Replies: 579
Views: 61,369
0 Hot Chicks on Hot Bikes
Last Post: cal43
Posted On: 1 Day Ago
Replies: 12,616
Views: 2,988,588
0 Hot Rods, Rat Rods, and Customs.
Last Post: cal43
Posted On: 1 Day Ago
Replies: 4,816
Views: 960,799
0 This is gonna hurt.
Last Post: cal43
Posted On: 1 Day Ago
Replies: 9,088
Views: 2,127,913
0 Sportster Builds
Last Post: shanneba
Posted On: 1 Day Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 372
More...
Members Birthdays
Greg81XLH (56), saylor01 (55), Alicia (53), latnyte (52), antonini (44)
Reply
 
Share Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 24th July 2021
mgentry66 mgentry66 is offline
XL FORUM TEAM MEMBER
 
Join Date: Apr 2021
Location: Midwest
Posts: 134
Sportster/Buell Model: XLX
Sportster/Buell Year: 1983
Other Motorcycle Model: FLHTP
Other Motorcycle Year: 2009
Reputation: 95094
mgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud of
Default Front Top Motor Mount

I have all the correct parts to install the missing front top motor mount on an 83XLX. Problem is, and prob why the PO did not re-install them, the rocker box bolts that are used to mount the motor mount are too long to slide in behind the neck with the motor still installed in the frame.

Is it possible / would there be enough wiggle room if I loosened the front cylinder.

Also, If I did this would the base gasket leak?

Otherwise it would seem as though I need to remove the heads to install this bolt and then put the heads back on.

anyone have any experience with this?

thanks
__________________
What I lack in experience I make up for in persistence even if just to spite you.

I will succeed

I blame society in the service of love
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 24th July 2021
ericfreeman's Avatar
ericfreeman ericfreeman is offline
XL FORUM TEAM MEMBER
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 5,002
Sportster/Buell Model: Ironhead XLH Sportster
Sportster/Buell Year: 1978
Sportster/Buell Model #2: Ironhead XLT Sportster
Sportster/Buell Year #2: 1977
Other Motorcycle Model: Honda CBX 1000
Other Motorcycle Year: 1979
Reputation: 68402
ericfreeman has much to be proud ofericfreeman has much to be proud ofericfreeman has much to be proud ofericfreeman has much to be proud ofericfreeman has much to be proud ofericfreeman has much to be proud ofericfreeman has much to be proud ofericfreeman has much to be proud ofericfreeman has much to be proud ofericfreeman has much to be proud ofericfreeman has much to be proud of
Default

Looks like you'll need to pull the front rocker box so you can slip those bolts into place before re-fitting the rocker box.
__________________
1978 Anniversary Edition XLH. Wiseco 10:1 forged pistons, Andrews R5 cams, dual plugged heads with Super Port Flow, single fire ignition, Mikuni Solex 36 PHH carb, Jagg oil cooler, '73 gauges, kickstart, Barnett kevlar clutch, Progressive front springs, Hagon Nitro shocks, all-Andrews tranny. 1977 XLT, Mikuni Solex 36 PHH carb, tapered dual exhausts, Andrews Y cams, Progressive front springs, Hagon Nitro shocks.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 25th July 2021
Ferrous Head's Avatar
Ferrous Head Ferrous Head is offline
Blind Owl
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Sunshine Coast
Posts: 7,366
Sportster/Buell Model: XLB, XLCH, Sporton
Sportster/Buell Year: 1962
Sportster/Buell Model #2: XLCH
Sportster/Buell Year #2: 1966
Other Motorcycle Model: XLCH (Another one)
Other Motorcycle Year: 1966
Reputation: 2796108
Ferrous Head has a reputation beyond reputeFerrous Head has a reputation beyond reputeFerrous Head has a reputation beyond reputeFerrous Head has a reputation beyond reputeFerrous Head has a reputation beyond reputeFerrous Head has a reputation beyond reputeFerrous Head has a reputation beyond reputeFerrous Head has a reputation beyond reputeFerrous Head has a reputation beyond reputeFerrous Head has a reputation beyond reputeFerrous Head has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Yeah, just the rocker box will do on the front head.

I wouldn't be too tempted to run without it. It is there for a reason.
__________________
"I know only too well the evil that I propose. But my inclinations get the better of me."
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 25th July 2021
mgentry66 mgentry66 is offline
XL FORUM TEAM MEMBER
 
Join Date: Apr 2021
Location: Midwest
Posts: 134
Sportster/Buell Model: XLX
Sportster/Buell Year: 1983
Other Motorcycle Model: FLHTP
Other Motorcycle Year: 2009
Reputation: 95094
mgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud of
Default

ok, thanks guys. definitely a lot of work for two bolts. What must be done must be done.

thanks again
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 25th July 2021
Ferrous Head's Avatar
Ferrous Head Ferrous Head is offline
Blind Owl
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Sunshine Coast
Posts: 7,366
Sportster/Buell Model: XLB, XLCH, Sporton
Sportster/Buell Year: 1962
Sportster/Buell Model #2: XLCH
Sportster/Buell Year #2: 1966
Other Motorcycle Model: XLCH (Another one)
Other Motorcycle Year: 1966
Reputation: 2796108
Ferrous Head has a reputation beyond reputeFerrous Head has a reputation beyond reputeFerrous Head has a reputation beyond reputeFerrous Head has a reputation beyond reputeFerrous Head has a reputation beyond reputeFerrous Head has a reputation beyond reputeFerrous Head has a reputation beyond reputeFerrous Head has a reputation beyond reputeFerrous Head has a reputation beyond reputeFerrous Head has a reputation beyond reputeFerrous Head has a reputation beyond repute
Default

You should probably stop now.

If your thinking this is a lot of work on an engine you probably don't want an Ironhead. These are lovely old pieces of machinery but require maintenance. Most of us on here enjoy working on them and look for opportunities to "play" with them.

If you just want to ride them youu would be better off with an Evo.

Or, perhaps a SUzuYamaHonda. (Do NOT consider a Ducati)
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 26th July 2021
mgentry66 mgentry66 is offline
XL FORUM TEAM MEMBER
 
Join Date: Apr 2021
Location: Midwest
Posts: 134
Sportster/Buell Model: XLX
Sportster/Buell Year: 1983
Other Motorcycle Model: FLHTP
Other Motorcycle Year: 2009
Reputation: 95094
mgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud ofmgentry66 has much to be proud of
Default

too late, rocker box removed. Now if I could get the damned paper gasket to free up from the mating surfaces. I do find it obsessively fun. I can'r seem to find enough time to satisfy my new obsession, wrenching on the IH. I was being a little more light hearted with my comment than you took me. It is a bit of work for two bolts, as some one else mention.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 26th July 2021
Ferrous Head's Avatar
Ferrous Head Ferrous Head is offline
Blind Owl
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Sunshine Coast
Posts: 7,366
Sportster/Buell Model: XLB, XLCH, Sporton
Sportster/Buell Year: 1962
Sportster/Buell Model #2: XLCH
Sportster/Buell Year #2: 1966
Other Motorcycle Model: XLCH (Another one)
Other Motorcycle Year: 1966
Reputation: 2796108
Ferrous Head has a reputation beyond reputeFerrous Head has a reputation beyond reputeFerrous Head has a reputation beyond reputeFerrous Head has a reputation beyond reputeFerrous Head has a reputation beyond reputeFerrous Head has a reputation beyond reputeFerrous Head has a reputation beyond reputeFerrous Head has a reputation beyond reputeFerrous Head has a reputation beyond reputeFerrous Head has a reputation beyond reputeFerrous Head has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Careful use of a box cutter and then some acetone to clean.

A small whetstone to finish off the surfaces.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 26th July 2021
IronMick's Avatar
IronMick IronMick is offline
Rider Of The Iron Steed
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: London, ON Canada
Posts: 32,716
Sportster/Buell Model: XLH
Sportster/Buell Year: 1978
Reputation: 1280347
IronMick has a reputation beyond reputeIronMick has a reputation beyond reputeIronMick has a reputation beyond reputeIronMick has a reputation beyond reputeIronMick has a reputation beyond reputeIronMick has a reputation beyond reputeIronMick has a reputation beyond reputeIronMick has a reputation beyond reputeIronMick has a reputation beyond reputeIronMick has a reputation beyond reputeIronMick has a reputation beyond repute
Default

It can be tedious...
1. Presoak with a spray can gasket remover.
2. Then use a hard backed razor blade, used carefully.
Repeat 1 & 2 a few to several times.
__________________
Mick
IronHead Forever!

Visit Mick's WebSite
[And Check Out My Autobiog]
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 26th July 2021
ChinCactus's Avatar
ChinCactus ChinCactus is offline
XL FORUM TEAM MEMBER
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Webster, NY
Posts: 4,471
Sportster/Buell Model: XL 883/1200 Hugger
Sportster/Buell Year: 1995
Sportster/Buell Model #2: 11 RK
Reputation: 4401040
ChinCactus has a reputation beyond reputeChinCactus has a reputation beyond reputeChinCactus has a reputation beyond reputeChinCactus has a reputation beyond reputeChinCactus has a reputation beyond reputeChinCactus has a reputation beyond reputeChinCactus has a reputation beyond reputeChinCactus has a reputation beyond reputeChinCactus has a reputation beyond reputeChinCactus has a reputation beyond reputeChinCactus has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Yeah, some things seem to be more tedious that you would thing they should be.

Sounds like you got this. Nothing like the satisfaction of keeping an old school, hands on bike!
__________________
...Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right...~Robert Hunter/Jerry Garcia
(In remembrance of Ruby Red "Beebe")
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT +1. The time now is 17:56.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
XL Forum® - Linson Media LLC