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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-4-2016, 9:31 AM Thread Starter
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Custom Carb Service '17

A little early, but wanted to kick off my yearly thread and report all well, stocked and ready for the upcoming season.

Currently in the house...a Harley Zenith/Bendix carb from a '72 Thunderhead (1000cc Sportster)
This job will spill into '17....no rush at all as the owner (local fella) is doing other winter projects and service on the bike. Some pics will follow. Beyond a "kit" ...some hard parts are needed, some missing, some broken, some bent spring, some which i believe are incorrect....need to do my homework.

HD is new to me, but, as always, will go above and beyond to do a conscientious job. A good referral may lead to more HD work....note some HD also use Mikuni and Keihin carbs!

Hoping for a great '17...and as always, thank you members for your trust and support.
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Good luck on your current HD carb.

And yes, some HDs do have Keihin!
Two years ago I pulled the stock problematic down draft twin Mikunis off of Pop's Yamaha Virago and swapped in a single Keihin CV from a HD Heritage Soft Tail.
Virtually identical to the CVK on the EX (although a slightly larger diameter) with the exception that the HD carb has an accelerator pump and of course has the outline of the HD logo on the body casting.

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Most of the carbureted Harleys on the road today have the Keihin CV carb. I rebuilt one myself a while back. As OEM said, just like the CVK, but with accelerator pump AND you can buy a new slide/ diaphragm for under $40.

More work on H-Ds would be a good thing. Those guys don't cheap out on their bikes, and it could lead to another sideline for you, selling motorcycle trailers.
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could lead to another sideline for you, selling motorcycle trailers.
or a HD rescue/pick up service

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Surveys show that 98% of all Harleys sold are still on the road today...

The other 2% actually made it home. 😆😆😆

Sorry, couldn't resist.
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Surveys show that 98% of all Harleys sold are still on the road today...

The other 2% actually made it home. 😆😆😆

Sorry, couldn't resist.
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ducatiman, are you still selling the 500 carb rebuild kits? You may notice that my post count is not high enough to send you a PM. I will have to remedy that so that we can complete the transaction. My research says that you have the best carb rebuild kit for our bikes and mine need to be rebuild since they are now leaking after a strong dose of carb cleaner in a tank of fuel.
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^ yes. I *think* you should be able to PM this, my official vendor username (without the required posts)....give a try. We'll hammer out the details.

I shot you a PM moments ago.

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My package was delivered yesterday and everything appears to be in order. Thank you for the quick response.
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hope your transaction was smooth and your carb work is a success!

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Happy New Year! Completed my first refurb for '17 today...albeit on a 250 Ninj carbset. Behind that...another one.

'17 off and running!

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are you back to work now? Pm me when your ready for the 32 swap

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yes, will do

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received these carbs from an East Coast member for refurb today at 1:15 via mail. At 6:15...completed, ready to go back home.

brass shinin' like the day they were made....better living through chemistry.

His comments welcome.
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