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Old 09-05-2013, 12:52 PM   #1
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I've been fixing up a 79 ironhead that's been run into the ground and it's problemes every time I fix one issue another pops up. This is the first Harley I've had and ready to junk it even the foot pegs have broke off.

I got it running again and after a week of riding it acts up again. When I pull the clutch and put it into gear it seems fine at first but every now and then it starts jerking and hopping around. If I take off it runs fine and drives good no problems shifting at all. Any clue what could have happened? I also noticed the chain became extremely loose And tightened it back up
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Old 09-05-2013, 01:30 PM   #2
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1- go do an intro

2- hi. sounds to me like you're either gonna chase/fix problems as you go... or strip the bike down and rebuild/fix/attend to everything as you put it back together (my suggestion).

my daily driver ironhead was a string of headaches and unreliability until i stripped it down and went through *everything*. and i mean EVERYTHING. didn't split the case, but brought the bottom end to an old timer who verified the crank/lower was good to run. every last other part was taken off, trans completely disassembled, etc. fresh top end, some new gears, proper fitting of everything and it's a dead reliable bike. i'd not hesitate to take it anywhere... plus i know every nut/bolt/etc of the bike.

as for the clutch: acting up only once it's warm/hot?
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Old 09-05-2013, 01:35 PM   #3
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Ditto on the intro, go HERE.

Did you actually mean the chain loosed and then got tight but there was no adjustment at the rear wheel?
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Old 09-05-2013, 02:05 PM   #4
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my daily driver ironhead was a string of headaches and unreliability until i stripped it down and went through *everything*. and i mean EVERYTHING. didn't split the case, but brought the bottom end to an old timer who verified the crank/lower was good to run. every last other part was taken off, trans completely disassembled, etc. fresh top end, some new gears, proper fitting of everything and it's a dead reliable bike. i'd not hesitate to take it anywhere... plus i know every nut/bolt/etc of the bike.
reading things like this makes me very anxious to get mine finished
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Old 09-05-2013, 04:11 PM   #5
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I see shift forks with the sides worn down...and... the gear dogs rounded off (Dog Eared)...and .... the shift cam gates having mega wear...and ...
DUDE! you saw my trans! the shift forks were so worn i'm surprised they didn't just vanish all together, cam gates looked like hell and the gear dogs were so far past dog eared i'm surprised the bike even moved!

any time i've seen an unreliable ironhead, it's because the bike needed REBUILT... with a solid wrench behind it...
not just cleaned up, some shiny shit bolted to it, and ridden away.
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Old 09-08-2013, 05:59 PM   #6
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I picked up a running 76
removed everything from the frame to repaint.
2 years later I'm still rebuilding, kept (had to repair mind you) the cases, jugs (bored), heads (re-worked), rocker boxes and the clutch basket (added a kicker sprocket) .

The rest was so worn out or broken that it has all been replaced, including the crappy aftermarket hardtail frame, and the crack in the factory trees.

My OCD kicked in and my ironhead chopper is being built from the ground up with all the best parts I could find.

It's been expensive and frustrating but I can't wait to kick to life for the first time.
I pity anyone who buys an Ironhead to use as a daily driver from someone they don't know.

Good luck with yours.

Go have a look...

http://www.chopcult.com/forum/showthread.php?t=19820

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Old 09-09-2013, 05:19 AM   #7
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I picked up a running 76
removed everything from the frame to repaint.
2 years later I'm still rebuilding, kept (had to repair mind you) the cases, jugs (bored), heads (re-worked), rocker boxes and the clutch basket (added a kicker sprocket) .

The rest was so worn out or broken that it has all been replaced, including the crappy aftermarket hardtail frame, and the crack in the factory trees.

My OCD kicked in and my ironhead chopper is being built from the ground up with all the best parts I could find.

It's been expensive and frustrating but I can't wait to kick to life for the first time.
I pity anyone who buys an Ironhead to use as a daily driver from someone they don't know.

Good luck with yours.

Go have a look...

http://www.chopcult.com/forum/showthread.php?t=19820

Even when you buy one from someone you know, you can end up getting one that is completely bad. Buy cheap, rebuild, and ride it NOT like you stole it, and it will last for years. If you feel bad, look at the price of a new one, and then remember why you want to ride old iron. It becomes obvious after some serious thought. The same goes for any mechanical object. Now, look all week long and see how many really old, 30 years and older, bikes or cars you see on the road. Anybody that takes the time to build their own bike, should be proud as a new father, when they are done. It takes 9 months to make a baby, and you can't ride it, until it is 15 or 16 years old. So building a bike, takes less time too.
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Even when you buy one from someone you know, you can end up getting one that is completely bad. Buy cheap, rebuild, and ride it NOT like you stole it, and it will last for years. If you feel bad, look at the price of a new one, and then remember why you want to ride old iron. It becomes obvious after some serious thought. The same goes for any mechanical object. Now, look all week long and see how many really old, 30 years and older, bikes or cars you see on the road. Anybody that takes the time to build their own bike, should be proud as a new father, when they are done.


It takes 9 months to make a baby, and you can't ride it, until it is 15 or 16 years old. ...
Creepy, dude!
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Creepy, dude!
The way you interpreted that, is what's creepy!
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