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    Re: Shovelhead Primary (FXEF late 84)

    3 goes from cold. This is the first go from warm. Bit of oil from the breather and a leak from the primary inspection cover. Otherwise all ok so far.

    Torch lasted 4 months and gave up on startup!

    MOT next.

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    Re: Shovelhead Primary (FXEF late 84)

    Update - I had to strip the primary again to install a new stator, so I decided to check the seals.

    24 hours on the side stand revealed a leak from the spline area of the gear. From the picture it looks like it's coming from the seal, but both seals are actually leak free.

    I considered 2 options;-

    1. Live with it.

    2. Get a spacer from Saddle Bag Rail Ray as suggested earlier by Kiwi Dave.

    I decided to give it one more go and ordered the part here -
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SHOVELHEA...72.m2749.l2649

    Ray sends an email that gives detailed instructions on preparation and fitting.

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    Re: Shovelhead Primary (FXEF late 84)

    Rod you'll eventually get to a stage where you have to follow the old Shovel mantra, ‘ride it until it goes bang then do it all over again’. Doing it between bangs becomes a waste of time. I admire your dedication though.
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    Re: Shovelhead Primary (FXEF late 84)

    [QUOTE=El Hombre;11766033]Update -

    I decided to give it one more go and ordered the part here -
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SHOVELHEA...72.m2749.l2649

    Ray sends an email that gives detailed instructions on preparation and fitting.

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    Re: Shovelhead Primary (FXEF late 84)

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon_A View Post
    Rod you'll eventually get to a stage where you have to follow the old Shovel mantra, ‘ride it until it goes bang then do it all over again’. Doing it between bangs becomes a waste of time. I admire your dedication though.
    I'll be happy if she runs long enough for a good test run!
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    Re: Shovelhead Primary (FXEF late 84)

    Primary re-installation complete.

    I fitted one of Ray's spacers with the o ring inside. Same as normal, but a little tricky to get on without damaging the o ring. Ray supplies extras for this reason, along with instructions.

    Final count as follows;

    Clutch
    Primary chain
    Drive chain and sprockets
    Welded and repaired clutch finger
    Seals to primary + gaskets & inner primary bearing
    Solenoid
    Rebuilt starter motor
    Points, advance retard mechanism, points wiring, spark plugs
    Regulator, stator and battery
    Rebuilt S&S carb + new filter
    Shifter mechanism bushes replaced
    Various nuts, bolts & washers

    Time spent stripping and re-assembling primary second time round - approx two days including stator and regulator, but excluding parts sourcing and collecting tools etc.

    Total time span for complete fiasco - January to now.

    Cost - too much to reveal.

    Bit more wiring and new chain link and I'll be out for a test run.

    Rod.

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