View Full Version : 1200 Conversion completed
21st April 2005, 15:12
Well got my conversion completed with the jugs getting installed last weekend. Got 125 miles on it and runs real strong. It is alot noiser now also as far as engine noise, which almost goes away after it warms up to temp. I assume this is from the thinner cylinder walls and higher compresion along with the .551 cams which I know are a little nosier than stock. It is real strong and pulls hard when you screw it on. I haven't done a 1/4 mile 5 gear W.o.t. yet but I haven't been gentle to it either. No leaks, no carb farts, a different bike. Used S.E. 10-1 pistons, 1200 cylinders, S.E. .551 cams with srpings, HRC 42 mikuni, TC88a, S.E. pipes and filter and H-D gaskets. bought the manuel, followed the instructions and ended up with a new bike :laugh .
27th April 2005, 07:35
okay, so what did you spend? A lot of folks are touting "the conversion" as costing $500, but if you want it done right, it costs more than that, right?
27th April 2005, 08:36
It shouldn't cost you more than $500 unless you are including special touches or head work. Bored jugs, dished pistons and gaskets should only cost about $400 - $500 when the work is done by yourself. This doesn't include any specialty tools either. Just the basics.
28th April 2005, 07:37
ahhh...well the key is "if you do it yourself"
I change my own oil, tires and sprockets and chains, but when it comes to tearing an engine into about 3,000 little tiny pieces, I'm intimidated. I don't take it to the "stealer" though, I have a guy who knows what he's doing and has a place to do it in...but, He don't work free, and he shouldn't. I applaud him and admire him, and want to see him amply rewarded for the magic he does. Besides, he is better than a shrink...he don't charge for "talking" time, and 20 minutes with him is better than a $90 an hour chat with an analyst.
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