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OK, well im looking at getting a shovel, and have never owned a HD before, and am trying to get an idea of what the motor rebuild is gonna be like. This fall i got a non running triumph (but still assembled) and with wes's dvd, rebuilt the thing from the cases up (sent out the machine work). My question is, how does a unit triumph rebuild compare to a big twin rebuild? How much are the specialty tools in comparison? I know ill need to send out the machine work, but is the overall cost in the same ball park as a brit from the crank up? I take pride in touching every nut and bolt on a bike and engine to understand it, so im just trying to figure out the cost a little better. oh and yes i did search nothing too great:D
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Price wise it's going to be similar. Just to do the shovel top end you won't need any special tools (since you will have someone do the machine work)

A IMO it doesn't get much simpler than a shovel, if you have some mechanical skills and a good manual it's to easy.
 

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$2500 to rebuild a shovel motor, you need some special tools/jigs but most of the work you can do your self, but some things your going to have to get a shop to do or pony up some bucks for the tools.....Roach.
 

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$2500 to rebuild a shovel motor, you need some special tools/jigs but most of the work you can do your self, but some things your going to have to get a shop to do or pony up some bucks for the tools.....Roach.
got thats the info i was looking for. but from my understanding a well cared for big twin bottom end can be pretty tough and take some miles?
 

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...When I approached my friend about building my first Harley, I had the same questions...he said a Shovel was a good choice...
But leaks with the primary can be a bitch if you don't have some one explain primary assembly, and motor/trans bolt down.....I put a 1 1/2 belt drive ($350) on to eliminate this problem...
The worse problem is I made the mistake of saying I would love to build a old WWII type Flathead bobber...he asked me when I wanted to start..he has everything in the back...cases,cranks, frame, trans......the price was right too....just have to find the funds....Man my wife is gonna be pissed!
 
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