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Old 2nd March 2010
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Default How Sweet It Is!! (All Andrews Tranny)

Finally got my '78 back together after rebuilding the tranny with all Andrews gears and shafts, new shift forks, bearings, etc. Needed the rebuild to eliminate a slipping 2nd gear problem due to worn fork and shifter cam. Also replaced the swingarm bearings while things were torn apart.

Oh my, how nice she shifts now! Exceptionally smooth shifting, no banging and clanging and no more popping out of 2nd. Each shift is butter-smooth with none of the lever kickback I used to get, especially going into 4th when really cranking on the throttle.

Definitely worth the $920 I paid for all the gears and shafts, plus another couple hundred for the bearings, forks and various shims I needed. Money well spent as I can now hit the highway knowing the tranny is in tip top shape. If you have a tranny problem, don't hesitate to tear it apart: this was my first and it was pretty easy with the factory manual and the Haynes for additional info.

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Wow, that is a steep price. But hey, if you needed it, then you needed it. Sounds like quite an advancement for your Ironhead. Definitely some to keep in mind when needing something similar.

Transmissions, over anything else, scare me. The complication factor is definitely there.
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Yeah, I know what you mean about the $. I probably could have reused the OEM gears and shafts since they weren't in bad shape, just some slight chipping on the gear dogs. But, I figured that while I was in there I'd go ahead and make things as perfect as possible. With the engine mods I'm running, the motor pulls exceptionally strong and I wanted to ensure there wouldn't be any problems down the line.

It was actually quite fun to have the assembled tranny on the bench and see how everything fitted together. Also nice to find the problem areas that were causing my 2nd gear troubles. It's not rocket science by any means but does require some patience and a good manual to see how things fit together.

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I agree. Worth every penny. Stock gears are trash in comparison.

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It was actually quite fun to have the assembled tranny on the bench and see how everything fitted together.

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i had thought that was pretty cool myself when i had mine here on my desk.....

mine was the same way........if you remember correctly i fell into that all andrews trans on ebay but otherwise i would have done the same thing....as long as its apart you might as well do it RIGHT


anybody know anything about 727 automatics??

i picked up a 440 powered 1976 club cab W200 4X4 with no reverse recently.....

i can part it out for like 4 times what i have in it (at least) but its a pretty solid truck and VERY saveable.......
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Did you keep the same ratios?
Yes, I kept the stock ratios. I'm quite happy with the 22/51 sprocket combo I now run and since I've never ridden a Sportster with different ratios I didn't want to experiment with my hard-earned $. Bike pulls like a mother for a non-stroker.

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i had thought that was pretty cool myself when i had mine here on my desk.....

mine was the same way........if you remember correctly i fell into that all andrews trans on ebay but otherwise i would have done the same thing....as long as its apart you might as well do it RIGHT


anybody know anything about 727 automatics??

i picked up a 440 powered 1976 club cab W200 4X4 with no reverse recently.....

i can part it out for like 4 times what i have in it (at least) but its a pretty solid truck and VERY saveable.......
KEEP that truck, they are awesome. 727's will lose reverse if you beat the shit out of them, ask me how i know. lucky for you, its an easy fix, find a hotrod shop that specializes in Mopars, the 727 was a very popular trans. if your in the Detroit area, PM me. i know right where to take it.
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Default Any tranny upgrade is a good thing, stuffing it with Andrews...

...components is a solid investment in peace-of-mind.
You can tear that four-speed to hell and back (burn-outs, hole-shots, etc.) with COMPLETE confidence when you've got it rebuilt with the best parts in the business.

Good choice!
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...components is a solid investment in peace-of-mind.
You can tear that four-speed to hell and back (burn-outs, hole-shots, etc.) with COMPLETE confidence when you've got it rebuilt with the best parts in the business.

Good choice!
Ah, burn-outs are unnecessary punishment to the bike. But hey, that's another topic.
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