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cococardenas
29th November 2007, 16:33
I am looking for some black rocker covers for my nightster...anyone have an idea of where I can pick these up?

ColinB
29th November 2007, 16:42
The 1200R has black rocker covers. Go to your dealer and he/she will find the part number and order a pair in.

cococardenas
29th November 2007, 17:05
would this be the cheapest way to go?

Just_Todd
29th November 2007, 17:06
hi heat paint would be the cheapest way to go, or find someone with a roadster who wants to swap with you.

ColinB
29th November 2007, 17:17
would this be the cheapest way to go?

After painting them yourself or swapping, then powder-coating would probably be the next cheapest way.

cococardenas
29th November 2007, 17:19
are these hard to remove?

blakjak
29th November 2007, 20:37
Nope......

ColinB
29th November 2007, 20:57
The wrinkle-black rocker-box cover is #17655-05 and are $50 each from Zanotti's.

Wrinkle-black paint is #98603CJ and is $35 per quart, also from Zanotti's.

Hope this helps.

cococardenas
29th November 2007, 23:11
this is the correct size for the nightster?

Just_Todd
29th November 2007, 23:13
the engines are the same. a 2008 1200N engine and a 2008 1200R engine are identical, except for color.

sportytrace
29th November 2007, 23:36
are these hard to remove?

Nope......

It's harder getting them not to seep. :o

cococardenas
30th November 2007, 02:05
seep as in spill oil? Why is that?

Kit1
30th November 2007, 02:37
seep as in spill oil? Why is that?

Because the gaskets are rubbish !!!!

Takes about ten minutes to change them though.

cococardenas
30th November 2007, 07:09
do i need new gaskets when i swap the out the heads, and also what would be the best way o paint them?

justiz00
30th November 2007, 20:25
Rocker box covers U 17655-05 2 Wrinkle black rocker box covers (Upper) www.surdyke.com (2) $103.76
Rocker box covers L 17645-07 2 Wrinkle black rocker box covers (Lower) www.surdyke.com (2) $136.00

I installed them on my sportster (inner and outer covers). Book calls for 2 hours, I did it in about 3. The clearance on the rear cover in close. I had to roll the engine around so the rocker arm would allow the cover to slide out. Here are a couple of pics from the install. Had about $15 in gaskets, zanotti's I have found to be a little cheaper (after the fact). Coil mount broke (was a stock enricher bracket). Piece of angle iron is a lot stronger.

http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i100/justiz00/DSC00082.jpg
http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i100/justiz00/DSC00083.jpg
http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i100/justiz00/DSC00080a.jpg
http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i100/justiz00/DSC00081a.jpg

sportytrace
1st December 2007, 01:21
Hey Justiz, great pics!
So cococardenas if you are messing with your rocker box covers be prepared for leaks/seeps as yes the gaskets are crap as Kit put it. Also on the powder coated ones sometimes the seal isn't as tight if there is any overspray. Just something to watch for, especially if you intend to powder coat yourself.

There is a long thread on rocker box cover leaks (http://xlforum.net/vbportal/forums/showthread.php?t=40125).
There was a specific service bulletin issue (http://xlforum.net/vbportal/forums/showthread.php?t=18393)for 2004 & 2005 Sporties that cleared up a lot of the problems for those models, but as you'll see people still get leaks on the new models (http://xlforum.net/vbportal/forums/showthread.php?t=94944)(and it seems to be more the black covers) so be prepared with spare gaskets.

Terp84Alum
1st December 2007, 01:27
I really have no interest in the subject but wanted to give props to justiz00 for the pictures. :)

biknut
1st December 2007, 02:20
Get them powder coated. That's the way to go.

Pick your color. Probably cost about $150-$180

wabiker
1st December 2007, 03:21
Powder coated mine...

mtl-XLR
1st December 2007, 03:46
Rocker box covers U 17655-05 2 Wrinkle black rocker box covers (Upper) www.surdyke.com (2) $103.76
Rocker box covers L 17645-07 2 Wrinkle black rocker box covers (Lower) www.surdyke.com (2) $136.00

I installed them on my sportster (inner and outer covers). Book calls for 2 hours, I did it in about 3. The clearance on the rear cover in close. I had to roll the engine around so the rocker arm would allow the cover to slide out. Here are a couple of pics from the install. Had about $15 in gaskets, zanotti's I have found to be a little cheaper (after the fact). Coil mount broke (was a stock enricher bracket). Piece of angle iron is a lot stronger.

http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i100/justiz00/DSC00082.jpg
http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i100/justiz00/DSC00083.jpg
http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i100/justiz00/DSC00080a.jpg
http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i100/justiz00/DSC00081a.jpg


I've got my stock (07R) inner covers for sale if one of you is interested ! ;) and btw, I've had mine off twice already,changed the gaskets for new ones each time, and no leaks.

justiz00
1st December 2007, 06:31
I really have no interest in the subject but wanted to give props to justiz00 for the pictures. :)

I try to take pictures as I go. I am all about documentation if it will help someone else down the road. Pictures speak louder than assumptions in my opinion.

Justice