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Default Laughing shotgun pipes...Kickstarter hits pipe

68 hardtail ironhead magneto kickstart only. Pipes interfere with Kickstarter at top of stroke. Is this a Typical fitment issue resolved how? Or do people bend them somehow? Chrome pipes.
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On my 1978 I fixed a similar problem by shimming the kick lever out a little with a thick [1/8" ?] washer. I have also found from time to time the pipe installation can be manipulated a bit - but you have to be careful to not introduce a leak at the head.

Can you post a pic of the problem area?
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+1 mick,, on both,,, the pipe and the kicker.... sometimes it, s tite rope
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Fixes depend a lot on how far the lever needs to move to clear the pipes. I had this issue on both of my Ironheads that originally had the folding kicker introduced in 1977. I wanted traditional kick levers and had to grind a relief on the chrome kicker. I found a stainless steel kick lever on Ebay and used a torch to heat, bend and polish it so it clears.


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That makes sense. I have jiggled, torqued and tried to see how I can get these paugho shotgun upswept pipes not to hit the kick starter with no luck. I wasn’t approaching this right. Set the pipes in place, then modify the kick lever. Presto!
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Think I got it. Will still buy another kick, heat and bend a wee bit just to give a bit more clearance. The rear jug connection is still a little off, but no leaks I can see. Funny thing, bike runs waaaay better than with the drag pipes. When I figure out easy way I will post some pictures. Thanks.
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