Tony, S&S gear drive is probably out of the question for your m/c. There is a good chance that your pinion shaft will be out of spec for this kit. The run out can not surpass .003″. With your Performance upgrades, and almost 50k miles; there is a good probability that your shaft will be over this max spec. The hydraulic upgrade with the updated oil pump is your better choice. Thanks for your question.
Cam Chain Tensioners on Twin Cam 88 My son just purchased a 2003 Road King we want to upgrade the chain tensioners to the hydraulic ones. I have watched all of you videos several times but am having trouble making decisions.
We are going to install the screamin eagle cam plate and High output oil pump.
Install the EZ adjustable push rods
Here is where we are having trouble
1. Do we upgrade to aftermarket cams? I have read the Andrews 26a’s are a good choice
2. The kit does not come with new gears and chains. What source do we use for those?
3. The stock lifters. It seems no one on-line or on the videos I have watched upgrades the lifters. Are the stock ones adequate enough?
4. Do I go to my local Harley shop and purchase everything there or do I go online and buy them at a less expensive price? Probably just my choice!
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Andrews, or S&S, or H.D. They, are all top quality. What is most important is that you do your homework and figure out which cam will fit your riding style best. Read the cam descriptions on the manufacturer’s web sites. Compare them and try to read about other people’s experiences with the cam’s you are interested in by checking out on line forums.
When you settle on a cam, see what the manufacturer recommends for gears, chains, bearings, spacers, etc.
As far as lifters: If this m/c’s current lifters have high miles, or show signs of wear when you inspect them; replace them when you are doing the job. Otherwise, Harley’s stock lifters will be fine.
As far as where to buy: It is always better to purchase your parts locally; where you can have some kind of recourse if you are experiencing a problem. If you deal with a small, local bike shop/garage; definitely support them if they are reputable, or knowledgeable about what you are looking to do.
When buying online try DennisKirk.com as they stand behind what they sell.
Good luck with this performance upgrade. If you have anymore questions, we will do our best to help.
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