Official 2017 Daytona Bike Week Build: Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation

Official Daytona Bike Build 2017 Paul Yaffe Super Stretch Saddlebags and Chupa Rear Fender

The rear of the 2010 Harley Ultra in the midst of its transformation sees the addition of Bagger Nation Super Stretch Saddlebags and a Chupa Rear Fender.

If you haven’t heard by now, American Iron is once again getting the pleasure of putting together the puzzle that will be the 2017 Official Daytona Bike Week Motorcycle. This bike is being raffled off as a fund raiser conducted by the Daytona Beach Community Foundation “with proceeds going back into the management and betterment of each bike week event.”

The 2010 Harley Ultra that is serving as the 2017 Official Bike Week Motorcycle has been undergoing an incredible transformation thanks to the hard-working crew at Street Stuff Cycle. Last week, the family-owned shop out of Norwich, CT., even got some love on local TV station News 8 WTNH featuring the Ultra they’ve been working on for us. (Check out the Connecticut motorcycle shop building custom bike for Daytona video here). Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving bunch.

The project is a true group effort. The list of sponsors who have stepped up to make it happen is long. So far we’ve talked about the contributions of both Arlen Ness Enterprises and Cobra USA. Next on our list is Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation.

Eric Crayson installs Bagger Nation 23" Wide Classic Stretched Fender

Street Stuff Cycle’s Eric Crayson installs a 23″ Wide Classic Stretched Fender from Bagger Nation on the 2017 Official Daytona Bike Week Motorcycle.

Bagger Nation has been at the forefront of customizing big bikes for a long-time running. In fact, Paul Yaffe is celebrating 25 years of building custom bikes this weekend with a big birthday bash at Morongo Casino Resort in Cabazon, CA. At the gathering Yaffe will have 15 of his most memorable creations on display including both of the bikes he did for Discovery Channel’s “Biker Build-Off” Phantom and Suzy-Q, the Copper Chopper, Prodigy, and the Sailor Jerry Chopper that’s going to be given away at the party.

“It all started with a love of motorcycles and a curiosity and desire to see what could be made of them,” said Yaffe in a press release promoting his 25th celebration. “I never would have guessed, when I first started experimenting in the mid-eighties, that it would lead to where we are today.”

Bagger Nation Stretched Smooth Swooth Side Covers

The rear end conversion of the 2017 Official Daytona Bike Week Motorcycle includes a set of Bagger Nation Stretched Smooth Swoop Side Covers.

For the 2017 Official Bike Week build, the stock Ultra front fender was swapped out for a 23” Wide Classic Stretched Fender from Bagger Nation. The rear looks dramatically different now. We mean that in a good way. It’s been totally revamped with a set of Yaffe’s Super Stretch Saddlebags, a Chupa Rear Fender, Stretched Smooth Swoop Side Covers and a Chop Chop Ultra Slim Tour Pack. The Chop Chop Ultra Slim Tour Pack is much slimmer and sportier than Harley’s Tour Pak, a big reason we’ve been seeing them at just about every bike show as they’ve been riding a wave of popularity. Seeing how Yaffe’s Slim Tour Pack switched up the lines of the Ultra, it only made sense to swap out the stock tank for one of Bagger Nation’s stretched steel Razorback Gas Tanks, too. Rounding out the sweet package is a Sorrento Seat made specifically to complement the stretched Razorback tank.

This year’s Official Daytona Bike Week Motorcycle is really taking shape. Somebody’s going to be stoked to win this bike. It could be you. Grab you a ticket before they’re all gone at OfficialBikeWeek.com.

Paul Yaffe Chop Chop Ultra Slim Tour Pak on 2017 Official Daytona Bike Week Motorcycle

Street Stuff Cycle’s Richard Crayson checks out the mounts of the Paul Yaffe Chop Chop Ultra Slim Tour Pack.

2017 Official Daytona Bike Week Motorcycle: Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation Parts List 
23″ Wide Classic Stretched Fender
Paul Yaffe Chop Chop Ultra Slim Tour Pack
Razorback Gas Tank
Sorrento Seat
Swoop Side Covers Stretched Smooth
Super Stretch Saddlebags
Chupa Rear Fender

Official 2017 Daytona Bike Week Build: Cobra Exhaust & Tuner

Cobra Air Intake install on 2017 Official Daytona Beach Bike Week Bike

The team at Street Stuff Cycle tear into the 2017 Official Daytona Bike Week Build, adding a Cobra RPT Air Intake to increase airflow to the engine.

To say American Iron is jazzed about building the 2017 Official Bike Week Motorcycle is an understatement. It’s a great honor to ally with the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce once again to create a cool custom motorcycle that will be awarded to one lucky winner at Bike Week 2017. Our buddies at Street Stuff Cycle out of Norwich, CT., have been working hard to transform a stock 2010 Harley-Davidson Ultra into a custom tourer that anybody would be proud to call their own.

This project wouldn’t be possible without a long list of generous sponsors. We want to single out each one’s contribution as our way of saying “Thank You” and to give you a peek at the project’s progression. We started with the great preview of parts Arlen Ness Enterprises sent over from its 10-Gauge series. Decked out in its new 10-Guage Engine and Tranny Pack and 10-Guage Primary Cover installed, the powertrain package is already looking 10-times sportier.

Cobra Black RPT Air Intake

A Cobra Black RPT Air Intake is a sweet addition to the 2017 Daytona Beach Bike Week Build.

Wanting to give performance a boost, we took the route that just about every cruiser rider takes – adding a new air intake and exhaust. The chrome on the stock Ultra was flaking anyways, so a set of Race-Pro 4” Slip-Ons and Power Port Dual Headpipes in black from Cobra USA was just what the doctor ordered to spruce it up. To make sure the new arrangement is dialed in proper, a Cobra FI2000 PowrPro Tuner was installed as well. Rounding out the upgrade is a Cobra Black RPT Air Intake. What a difference the Cobra combo has made. The big Ultra is now breathing freer and growling meaner.

2017 Official Bike Week Giveaway Bike exhaust install

The chrome on the stock pipes of the 2010 Harley Ultra was flaking so they had to go.

You can win the 2017 Official Daytona Bike Week Bike by getting your ticket at OfficialBikeWeek.com. Tickets are $50 each and only 4500 tickets will be sold. Get one before they’re gone!
Read more about the first steps of the project in American Iron Magazine Issue #344!

Cobra Race-Pro 4" Slip-Ons on 2017 Daytona Bike Week Giveaway Bike

The new Cobra Race-Pro 4″ Slip-Ons of the 2017 Official Daytona Bike Week Build are bolted into place.

COBRA USA EXHAUST AND TUNER
Power Port Dual Headpipe
Race-Pro 4″ Slip-Ons
FI2000 PowrPro Tuner
Black RPT Air Intake

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CobraUSA.com
StreetStuffCycle.com
OfficialBikeWeek.com
AIMag.com

Official Daytona Bike Week Bike Build Underway

American Iron Magazine is building the Official Daytona Bike Week giveaway bike and we’d like to thank all of the generous vendors and parts manufacturers that helped make it a reality. Each week we’ll showcase some of the companies on our website and social media, leading up to Daytona Bike Week in March, 2017.

The build began with a story in American Iron Magazine Issue #344 where we assess the status of our plainjane 2010 Harley-Davidson Ultra starting point. The bike was mechanically sound, with low mileage for its age, but was suffering from some flaws in the aesthetics department. This didn’t pose a problem, as we planned to transform the look of the bike and make it much more appealing for the ultimate prize bike winner.

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All the wrenching, painting, and assembly duties will be handled by Rich, Eric, and Monica from Street Stuff Motorcycle of New England, in Norwich, CT. This is the second time Street Stuff has been involved with building the Official Daytona Bike Week bike, and they were stoked to get started.

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In issue 345 we’ll start bolting on some cool Arlen Ness billet engine goodies shown here. Ness wanted to showcase its new “10-Gauge” line of billet aluminum engine and chassis parts. Most all of the engine covers, front and rear floorboards, fork tubes, 13” Bagger Apes and handgrips came from Arlen Ness.

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You can win the Official Daytona Bike Week Bike by getting your ticket at OfficialBikeWeek.com. Tickets are $50 each and only 4500 tickets will be sold. Get one before they run out!

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ArlenNess.com

StreetStuffCycle.com

OfficialBikeWeek.com

AIMag.com

AirFX USA Rear Air Suspension System Install (Intro)

AirFX Install on 2002 Electra Glide

Our 2002 Electra Glide is up on a bike jack and stripped down. However, for this install you only have to remove the seat, both rear shocks, both side covers, and the rear wheel and fender, as we’re going to mount the new AirFX air compressor under the battery box after disconnecting the battery.

By Chris Maida

Revamping the rear of a 2002 Electra Glide

In this part of our ongoing series on reworking a 2002 Electra Glide, we’re going to finish the AirFX front and rear air suspension system install we started two issues ago. In that article, we showed you how to bolt on a set of Air Ride cartridges. This time around we’ll be installing the rest of AirFX’s full bike kit, which consists of the rear shocks, air compressor, front and rear valve system, reservoir tank, micro-button package, and whatever lines, harnesses, etc. is needed to make the system complete.

Let’s start with the Magnum long stroke rear shocks (#FXA-2009-B-S/$900). The Magnums use a new shock technology that incorporates a double-sealed, 63mm, extra-large composite piston. This arrangement requires less air pressure and volume to operate, resulting in a consistently soft, smooth ride. The shock body uses an upper spherical bearing and lower stud kit that allow the shock body to pivot in all directions. This minimizes shock side-loading or pivot friction while increasing shock response when cornering. As for rebound, the rider can adjust this setting by adding or removing rebound air via the Schrader valve on each shock.

AirFX USA rear suspension install

After removing the bike’s batter and the bracket from the AirFX compressor, Tom positions the bracket in the center and front of the battery box and marks where he needs to drill four mounting 1/4″ holes.

The system’s compact compressor assembly (#FXA-2001/$160) is equipped with a thermal overload protector that will shut down the unit if it becomes overheated. Once cooled off, the compressor will automatically restart. This protects the compressor and ensures a long component service life. The compressor comes with an Omega-style mounting bracket and pre-installed insulated wiring.

AirFX USA air suspension compressor

The compressor is secured to the battery box using four 1/4″ X 3/4″ buttonhead bolts (not supplied) with a flat washer on top. Just a locknut is used under the compressor bracket.

We also installed AirFX’s Instant Up kit (#FXA-2012-2/$500), which comes with dual reservoirs, a compressor control box, pressure switch, and relay sub-control. The compressor control will automatically turn the compressor on at 170 psi and turn it off at 190 psi, so a supply of pressurized air is always at the ready whenever the ignition circuit is activated. A front control valve pair (#FXA-1015/$195) and rear control valve pair (#FXA-1014/$210) also come with the complete kit, as well as a micro-button package (#FXA-1010-MB/$200) that mounts on the handlebars, so the rider has easy access to the system’s controls.

AirFX USA shock connector to swingarm

Tom secures the bottom of the shock using an AirFX flat washer between the shock and swingarm and an AirFX flat washer and locknut on the outside.

So how does the bike’s owner like his new AirFX system? He loves it! In fact, two other owners who saw his bike had the same AirFX system installed on their new 2016 H-D Touring bikes. The accompanying photos and captions show you what was done to finish this installation.

AirFX USA rear suspension tank assembly secured

The tank assembly is secured to the right muffler support using the stock hardware, blue Loctite, and a 1/2″ socket.

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Sources

AirFX USA LLC
800/210-1454
AirFXusa.com

Bullet Customs
203/339-5468
BulletCustoms.com

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AirFX two-button switch

After routing the switch harness up to the handlebars, the AirFX two-button switch is fastened to the stock front master cylinder mount clamp using a T-27 Torx.

 

Toasted Buns: Corbin Heated Classic Solo Saddle Install (Intro)

Corbin Heated Solo Seat Install

To start, remove the stock seat with a Phillips screwdriver.

By Tricia Szulewski

I can already see your raised eyebrow and skeptical expression. I’ve already dodged the sarcastic comments from my co-worker when I unpacked the new Corbin heated classic black leather solo saddle (#HD-FXD-FB-8-S-E, $355.80) that I’d be installing on my Dyna Fat Bob. Like I told him, if you’ve never ridden a bike with a bun warmer, you have no idea how much it’ll warm you up on those really chilly days. It’s just like in the car—sometimes that direct seat heat is the only thing that really defrosts your bones when there’s a chill in the air.

I’ve always been a big fan of Corbin seats. They are typically a bit firmer than other aftermarket saddles, but they’re formed well with high-quality materials. Once you break them in, they offer a level of comfort comparable to no other stock seat. This particular saddle took just one ride to break in and feel like it was made for my butt.

Corbin Heated Saddle Install

Flip the Corbin seat over, insert the supplied key, turn it, and remove the bracket.

The solo saddle replaces the stock seat screw with hardware that makes the seat removable with just a key. This is a great security feature, and it creates a seamless look with no visible hardware on the fender. If I were committing to not carrying passengers, I’d fill in the fender hole where the original seat mounted. But I sometimes do ride two-up, so I ordered the touring pillion (#HD-FXD-FB-8-TP, $151.20). The pillion requires removal of the solo saddle and some hardware in order to mount it, but it only takes a few minutes. So going from solo to two-up is easy enough.

Adding the Ovalbac backrest (#02-SB, $152.60) to the solo seat seemed like a good idea for long rides. A flap in the leather seat reveals the mounting point that accepts any of Corbin’s backrests. Unfortunately, the Ovalbac was a little too far back for me, and even pivoting it forward just doesn’t work for my size. I could have ordered my seat in the “reduced reach” sizing, but besides the Ovalbac being too far back, the standard solo feels perfect.

Corbin Heated Solo Saddle Install

Find a place for the Corbin pigtail under the seat. Route the black wire toward the battery and the red wire toward the fuse box. Pull the battery out enough so you can get the black wire through.

The heat is turned on and off via a switch on the left side of the saddle that lights up when it’s on. Installation was pretty simple, and the wiring is all hidden underneath the seat. The wiring is well thought out, and there’s no splicing or dicing or forgetting to turn the seat off after a ride (it will only turn on when the switch is on). Now when I need to toast my buns, I can just go for a ride!

Corbin Heated Classic Solo Saddle Install

After turning on the bike’s ignition, flip the heater switch and it’ll light up. A toasty seat soon follows.

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Sources

Corbin

800/538-7035

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Corbin heated seat with Ovalbac backrest and touring pillion

The Dyna is ready for a long, cold ride now. The heat switch is easily reachable from the riding position., And the new keyed hardware offers more security with a tool-less seat removal.

Headwinds LED Bulb Install on Harley Road King (Intro)

Headwinds LED bulb install on 1999 Road King

Here’s our 1999 Road King in the driveway and ready to get a new Headwinds LED headlight. Be sure to put a towel over the front fender to protect it.

By Chris Maida / Photos by Elayne Maida

This simple headlight bulb swap will greatly increase your ability to see the road and any road hazards while riding at night

I love simple upgrades! being able to make a simple parts swap to fix a problem or weak area of performance on a bike is like taking a pill to get rid of a headache. It’s quick, easy, and makes my life more enjoyable. Upgrading from the stock halogen bulb on your Harley to one of Headwinds’ H4 LED headlight bulbs (#8-9030-H4/$99.95) is just that kind of upgrade and definitely worth the cash and time to make it happen. We did this upgrade on a 1999 Road King, and the change was dramatic. This LED setup boasts a low beam that’s much brighter than the stock high beam, with a wider field of light thanks to the LED’s 1,800 lumens compared to the halogen’s 1,100 lumens, yet the LED uses less power than the stock bulb.

Headwinds H4 Lamp install American Iron Magazine

Use a #1 Phillips screwdriver to remove the stock ring’s screws, and then remove the stock ring and set it aside for reinstallation later.

The Headwinds kit includes the LED bulb, driver, fan (keeps the bulb cool and improves performance and longevity), and three-prong connector. Installation is all plug-and-play. No wires to cut or splice. Just plug stuff together, stuff it into the headlight bucket, and hit the road. The accompanying photos and captions lay out the entire process from start to finish. We didn’t have to adjust our headlight after the install, but you should check yours just to be sure. You can see how to do that on the Headwinds web site or in the manual for your bike.

Harley headlamp rubber boot

Now pull the rubber boot from the back of the headlight to uncover the bulb-holding assembly.

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Sources
Headwinds
626/359-8044

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Headwinds foam stick pad for LED driver

Headwinds supplies a foam stick pad to secure the LED driver to the headlight housing. We went with some wire-ties for our installation.

 
 
 

Harley Softail Slim Engine Guard & Soft Lowers Install (Intro)

Harley Softail Slim Engine Guard and Soft Lowers Install

The engine guard and soft lowers add a nostalgic look to this Slim.

By Steve Lita/Photos by Tricia Szulewski

Adding some Softail Slim protectors

We were fortunate enough to get our hands on a brand-new 2016 Softail Slim S this year, and we just couldn’t leave well enough alone. The Slim has a nostalgic look and feel with its wire spoke wheels and Hollywood handlebar. And since our Slim came in the Olive Gold Denim paint scheme, with the military-grade lettering and star on the tank, we thought it would be fun to militarize it a bit more by adding a Harley-Davidson Black Engine Guard (#49023-02A/$214.95) and Soft Lower Kit (#57100213/$109.95), giving it even more of a vintage Army bike look.

H-D Softail Slime Engine Guard and Soft Lower Kit

First remove the clutch hose clip on the front frame tube with a T20 Torx wrench to allow some slack in the line.

There’s a chrome version of this engine bar available, but we opted for the gloss black, to match almost everything else on this Slim. The install was a quick and easy, three bolts, and since it’s a Genuine Harley-Davidson accessory, you know it’ll fit well right out of the box.

Softail Slim Engine Guard install

Install a bolt, washer, and locknut where the lower engine guard mounting point meets the floorboard mounting bracket on both sides of the bike. Tighten to 33 ft-lbs. with a T40 Torx wrench and 9/16” wrench.

We have more in store for this Slim, like a sprung leather solo seat, and old-time driving lights. Watch for more installs in American Iron Magazine and our sister publication, American Iron Garage. AIM

Harley Softail Slim soft lowers install

Install the soft lowers onto the engine guard with the logo facing forward.

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SOURCES

Harley-Davidson Genuine Parts

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Blinging Out a Fat Boy: H-D 6-Spoke Rear Wheel & Pulley Install (Intro)

Harley 6-spoke wheel rear wheel and pulley install

Here’s Dan from Rob’s Dyno Service installing the new metal valve from the H-D wheel installation kit into the new chrome H-D 6-spoke rear wheel using a ½” deep socket he ground down for this purpose.

By Chris Maida

Part I: Installing a new chrome Harley-Davidson 6-spoke rear wheel and pulley, with a new H-D polished rotor and Shinko 150/80-16” rear tire

Want to add some instant flash to your bike? Bolt on a nice set of custom wheels! When I had my bike shop, back in the day, guys would come in before the new riding season and ask how they could change the look of their bike without going for a complete overhaul. My answer was to change the wheels and paint job. After all, once the front end and engine are chromed or blacked-out, you’re done there. But bolt on a slick set of wheels with matching rotors and pulley, and you’ll totally change the look of the bike. And, though not cheap, you get a lot of bang for your buck!

Mounting a Shinko tire on an H-D 6-spoke rear wheel

After checking the directional arrow and locating the balance dot alongside the valve stem, he installs the new Shinko 150/80-16” tire onto the H-D 6-Spoke wheel.

And that’s exactly what we decided to do to step up the look of a 2006 Fat Boy. Though those iconic solid wheels are a trademark of the Fat Boy, the stock units were dull, pitted, and, in short, needed replacing after many miles of hard service. Since the original Harley-Davidson components had served the owner well, he decided to go back to The Motor Company for its replacements. He selected a set of H-D’s Slotted 6-Spoke wheels that feature a combination of polished and textured chrome finishes on the spokes, rim, and hub. We also got a matching rear pulley and new standard rotors all around. In this article, however, we’ll just be installing the rear wheel setup, and we’ll do the front wheel in a future issue.

This cast aluminum 16″ rear wheel (#43930-08/$559.95) requires, as all Harley P&A wheels do, the purchase of a separate H-D wheel installation kit (#43854-08A/$89.95). These kits are specific to year and model bikes, so be sure to order the correct one for your bike. However, the installation procedure is the same. For our matching cast aluminum textured chrome rear pulley (#40447-01/$399.95), we also got a set of chrome bolts and flat washers (#94773-00A/$29.95). There’s no way we were going to reuse the old, beat-up hardware. When installing this pulley onto the wheel, make sure you properly align its spoke pattern with the wheel’s pattern. Our rear rotor (#41832-05A/$149.95) is a polished version of the stock unit since, like the hardware, the original had seen better days and would ruin the look of our new wheel package. Of course, we went with a set of new chrome rotor hardware (#46647-05/$13.95).

H-D 6-spoke rear wheel install

With the rear wheel in a lift’s wheel chock, he uses a wheel bearing installation too to install a wheel bearing (both the same) from the H-D installation kit into the right (primary) side of the wheel, as indicated by the lines on the wheel hub.

When it came to getting a new set of tires, the bike’s owner decided to go with a pair of Shinko 777 tires, which are available exclusively from the HardDrive catalog. We got a 150/80-16″ (#87-4597/$129.95) for the rear wheel. This tire features a newly redesigned carcass that has a higher load rating thanks to heavier nylon belting. This results in ample load capacity, while also giving more stability and longer tire life. The 777 series is specifically designed for cruiser machines and is available in a multitude of sizes for many V-twin models.

We went to see our old buddies Rob and Dan at Rob’s Dyno Service to do the install. We’ve done many articles with these guys, and they always do the job right, the first time. Check out the photos and captions to see how to do this installation in your own garage. In a future issue, we’ll bolt on the new matching front wheel and new rotor, as well as another new Shinko tire. AIM

H-D wheel bearing and center wheel spacer H-D installation kit

Dan slips the new wheel bearing and the proper center wheel spacer (spacer C #43608-00 for our application), both from the H-D installation kit, onto the shaft of his wheel bearing installation tool.

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SOURCES

HARDDRIVE – HDtwin.com

Harley-Davidson – harley-davidson.com

Rob’s Dyno Service – RobsDyno.com  978/895-0441

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Yelvington USA Mechanical Reverse Pulley for Harley Tourers Install (Intro)

By Chris Maida/Photos by Chris Maida

How many times have you found yourself struggling to back your Harley Touring bike out of a corner, parking spot, or wherever? Sucks, doesn’t it? Well, the crew at Yelvington has a simple and easy way to end that hassle forever. And it has nothing to do with altering the transmission or any other major component on your bike. All the magic is done in the rear wheel pulley. Just swap out the stock rear pulley and axle for one of Yelvington’s reverse units, and then add a few other Yelvington parts onto the bike. This unit will fit all 2009 and later Touring models, and Yelvington is hastily working on manufacturing the product for older models and cruisers. Once installed, going in reverse is as simple as pushing a button, letting out the clutch, and walking the bike backwards under its own power just as you do when you walk it forward. A cool gadget like this (introductory price $1,995) is just what you’d expect from a company started by a few guys with NASA (yup, the rocket people), NASCAR, NHRA, and various US defense contractor credentials.

After four years of R&D, the crew at Yelvingon offers a simple way, engineered for strength and durability, to propel your bike in reverse. It’s constructed of aircraft billet aluminum, advanced polymers, and high-strength steel and bronze alloys. All the major parts were created by Yelvington engineers and designers and built in the USA using precision CNC machinery.

Yelvington Mechanical Reverse Pulley System

Here’s where all the magic happens: the stock rear drive pulley is replaced with this Yelvington drive unit, which has exactly the same tooth count as the stock pulley. No tranny modifications or additions are made.

So how does it work? In a word, great! When you push the Harley-Davidson accessory switch included with the Yelvington kit to On, you hear the air compressor build up pressure and then shut off once it has moved and engaged a splined gear in the Yelvington pulley. This mechanism causes the forward motion of the stock rear drive belt to turn the rear wheel in the opposite direction. You then operate your bike just as you would to walk it forward. Just pull in the clutch lever, shift the transmission into first gear, and let the clutch out just a little to slowly walk the bike backward. You’ll hear the reverse setup in the rear pulley working as you do this. Once out of the parking space, put the bike back into neutral and turn off the Yelvington reverse, which disengages the splined gear in the Yelvington pulley. Then shift the bike back into first gear, and ride away. It’s that simple! The unit requires no maintenance and comes with a one-year warranty.

Yelvington Reverse for Harley Tourers Install

Here’s our 2016 Street Glide Special with its rear section on a bike jack with its seat, saddlebags, mufflers, rear shocks, rear drive pulley, and rear brake caliper and bracket removed. The battery’s negative cable has been disconnected using a 10mm wrench.

As for where to do the install, what better place than with the guys who designed and install it every day on a variety of H-D Touring bikes? I spent the day at the Yelvington facility in Seminole, Florida, with Senior Engineer/Operations Manager Mike Alex and tech Joe Kruger as they installed one of their reverse setups on our test bike, a 2016 Street Glide Special, as I shot and wrote the accompanying photos and captions. As you’ll see, this kit can be installed in a home garage by experienced wrenches (Yelvington recommends dealer installation) using standard tools, a belt tension tool, a rear wheel alignment tool, and a bike jack. A bike lift will make the job easier, but it’s not required.

Note: The parts shown in this installation may vary from the final production units. AIM

Yelvington Reverse install

After jacking the bike up so the wheel clears the worktable, Mike from Yelvington positions the stock rear drive belt on the top of the Yelvington reverse/pulley unit and rotates the tire as he pushes the belt onto the pulley.

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SOURCES

Yelvington

727/233-3610

YelvingtonUSA.com

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Arlen Ness Billet Sucker Stage I Air Cleaner Install (Intro)

Arlen Ness Billet Sucker Stage I Air Cleaner Install

By Chris Maida/Photos by Chelsea Maida

We gained 9 hp with this air cleaner kit and a Dynojet Power Vision tuner!

Who wouldn’t like to get more power and a big improvement in his bike’s looks with one upgrade? The Arlen Ness Billet Sucker Stage I air cleaner kit for 1999-2013 Twin Cam engines gives you both at a great price. We went with a chrome scalloped cover (#18-811/$229.95) on our 2006 bike. However, if you prefer to keep your bike looking stock, the Stage I kits give you the option of reusing the stock cover.

The Ness Big Sucker line of air cleaners has been around for over 10 years, and they have proven to be a winner time and time again. This setup features a one-piece aluminum backing plate that has two hidden breather ports, which have an O-ring where they join the head. The oily mist from the engine is then brought right to the mouth of the engine’s carb/throttle body. This design eliminates the ugly stock external hoses and hardware. This backing plate — available in standard, black powdercoat, or chrome finish — also has a radius air inlet for unobstructed airflow into the engine. More air in means more fuel can be added with the result being more power. As for the filter element, you can get a standard red filter, which is pre-oiled, washable, and made of four layers of surgical grade cotton. This is our version. Arlen Ness also offers a synthetic material steel jacketed filter element that’s water resistant and never needs to be oiled. Just wash it when dirty and reinstall.

Stock Harley Air Cleaner bracket

After taking off the stock Harley air filter, remove the outer cover’s bracket from the filter element using a T-27 Torx on the three bolts.

As we said earlier, more air in means you can add more fuel. To add that additional fuel, we also used a Dynojet Power Vision tuner (#PV-1/$549). This setup is very easy to use and completely eliminates the need for a computer to monitor the system or load fuel maps. You just select the tune that best fits your bike’s air cleaner and exhaust setup, upload it using the included Power Vision screen, and fire up the bike! You can even edit the tune you just loaded if you choose. The Power Vision device also downloads and stores your bike’s stock calibration maps, as well as let you store up to eight different tunes, which can be flashed to your bike any time you want. If you make major changes to your engine later on, Power Vision can be used to make a custom tune specifically for that performance part configuration. As for its monitoring features, Power Vision shows you how your bike is running, allows you to check and clear diagnostic codes, reset adaptive fuel trims and idle offset (with the bike running), and display all J1850 and CAN H-D vehicle data, as well as wide band air/fuel ratios and various other channels, like MPG instant and trip readings.

Breather Hoses Stock Harley Air Cleaner

Now pull the filter element from the air cleaner inner cover and disconnect it from the two breather hoses that are on the breather bolts.

Though you can tune your bike yourself with a Power Vision unit, we went to our buddy John at Dyno Solutions to have him load up the proper map and then do our dyno runs. Be sure to check out the accompanying dyno chart to see what and where our gains are. Just remember, this bike also already has a set of performance slip-on mufflers. We did the build this way this time since many owners first change out the mufflers for a better sound and a bit more power and then do the air cleaner. AIM

Arlen Ness Billet Sucker Backplate

Torquing the new Arlen Ness Billet Sucker backplate into place.

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SOURCES

Arlen Ness Enterprises  (925) 479-6300

http://www.arlenness.com/

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