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i guess it is time to introduce myself, i have beeen cruzing around the forum for a while now and found help on a few issues, but i need to ask questions now.

name is Jason, go by 'fleetwood' as well. i bought my first bike 2 months ago and have started wrenching on it. it is a '79 ironhead in a paughco frame. the guy i bought it from did some work to it, and now i am starting to build it the way i want it. i have a lot of plans for it, but since it is my first bike it will be slow going to account for the learning curve.

my first plans are to rewire the bike, paint it, and put the kick start back on.

i need some help decifering what he has done to change the bike from kick to electric start, and what i need to do [and buy] to return it to the original set-up. i have the service manual, but it is a limited resource for pictures regarding the dilemma.

here are a few pics of the bike as i bought it, and the dissasembled state it is in.

http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i106/xfLeEtwOOdx/paughco/P2130003.jpg
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79s the odd year but i know it can be converted.... someone here will have the answer...

nice lil bike, SHIT TONS of potential there!
 

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I know you might be able to find it somewhere cheaper, but JP Cycles has everything to convert an electric start to kickstart for around $200 I think.
 

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i have been looking at the kickstart kits [jp has a few different ones, and '79 is a confusing year to find] and comparing them to the service manual, to try and figure out what parts i need.
my problem is figuring out what parts are on the bike already [if he left any of the original kick start parts in place?]. what else do i need to disassemble to for check this? and what goes in the place where the starter was on my bike?

thanks for the help.

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I saw you're in Tempe, you should call Paul's Cycle (480) 288-4395. They're a straight up shop and are very helpful. My step dad takes his Pan Shovel there when he can't figure shit out.
 

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I'm no expert on XL's but I believe the '79 didn't come stock with a kicker. Also two other oddities specific to the '79 were the frame and the rear brake master cylinder setup; both of these have been changed from stock on your bike.
 

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I've got a '79 XLCH. If ya want i could pull off the cover and take some snapshots for you, let me know
 

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Need Creepinogie for this one. He's a library about this kind of thing.
 

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hah i know.i am in the 79 xlch club


anyways,i forgot to mention that vtwin has a couple of kits.it should be hard to change over.i think mostly for your bike it is just changing the tranny shaft and the sprocket cover.you already have pipes that clear the master cylinder/kicker area.although you dont have to worry about the M/C since yours is on the forwards.
 

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i was told that this particular bike did come with a kick start.
i have seen the kick/electric kit in j&p. is my only option to put both on? i wouldnt think so. i am looking at getting '620-326' from j&p.
my main question is what was originally installed in the place that my electric starter is right now?
 

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xfLeEtwOOdx said:
my main question is what was originally installed in the place that my electric starter is right now?
nothing....you might be able to get a different primary cover from a bike that was kick only.
 

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well i did some checking into the vin number on the engine and it starts with '3A' - this tells me that it is not a XLCH.
also took some other shit apart and looks like i am going to need a full kit for the kick plus new covers.
anybody out there have any parts for this conversion?
dont want to buy everything new.

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i would buy everything new if i were you.worn out parts for this conversion will cause sportster knee.im sure you dont want to walk with a gangta lean all your life
 

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rev616 said:
i would buy everything new if i were you.worn out parts for this conversion will cause sportster knee.im sure you dont want to walk with a gangta lean all your life
good point. i was hoping somebody might have the right side covers for kick only. these are really expensive new.
 

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well i think i have run into a bigger problem. i dont think the kick arm will clear my exhaust, and for some reason nobody sells exhaust for a '79 ironhead, especially if it is a rigid, and a kick start.

any suggestions?

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xfLeEtwOOdx said:
well i think i have run into a bigger problem. i dont think the kick arm will clear my exhaust, and for some reason nobody sells exhaust for a '79 ironhead, especially if it is a rigid, and a kick start.

any suggestions?

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build some new pipes?
 
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