Screwdriver report – Harley-Davidson for 2000 euros

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Screwdriver report - Harley-Davidson for 2000 euros
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Screwdriver report - Harley-Davidson for 2000 euros

Screwdriver report - Harley-Davidson for 2000 euros

Screwdriver report - Harley-Davidson for 2000 euros

Screwdriver report - Harley-Davidson for 2000 euros

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Lutz wanted something dirty because he had planned a major overhaul anyway. And it was clear to him that for 2000 euros there could only be something really bad. A year later, Lutz knows the difference between scrap and core scrap. And between general overhaul and rebuilding.

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The result: if the thread insert is crooked, the stud bolt is knocked crookedly so that the manifold flange fits.

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But even apart from these apparently endangered areas, not everything is good: A crack in the housing can be very painful.

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Or sometimes like that. At least there is variety.

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Can you still take it? Or should we stop with the pictures? Hm…

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Here we would have found another one. Only at second glance does the misery reveal itself: the exhaust pipe is only present in the form of two crumbled roaring bags.

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Let’s get to the nicer pictures: Here is the directional frame.

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The engine in shape. Some new parts were necessary for this.

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Everything that could be optimized (pictured: clutch) is now better than 1985.

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And sometimes you should just look at the price tag beforehand: 208.33 euros retailer purchase price for a bench hinge – the professional is amazed.

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After the restoration, which has degenerated into rebuilding, son Danny is allowed to …

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… A professional tattoo artist who put the finishing touches on Harley in the form of a Grateful Dead tattoo.

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And this is what the typical thread condition looked like.

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The guide wedge of the main shaft of the gearbox was set incorrectly and driven in with force.

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The brake caliper mounts on the fork were torn off and the stanchions were bent – odds and ends, at least compared to the other construction sites.

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The rear wheel wasn’t all that bad. Which would already be one of the very few usable (and then not installed) parts. At least that’s roughly what the original condition looked like.

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Intermediate phase: Tank and Supertrapp exhaust were available on eBay.

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And the bottom line. The next pictures show you that it was a long and, above all, rocky road until then.

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Let’s start with the engine: all threads screwed up and gearbox housing torn. But then a ray of hope: Hurray, a new clutch! It’s just a shame that said part was violently beaten on the shaft – including scrap.

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The motor should then later find its place in the straightened and plastic-coated frame.

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For this, the frame first had to receive a certificate after the repair and be approved by the TuV.

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Let’s continue with American solutions that tend to cause us to shake our heads: for example, a grub screw to secure the sailing ring on the main transmission shaft.

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Grease-free for around 30 years: wheel bearings that are no longer fresh.

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Shock absorber? Flexed and offset for the purpose of lowering.

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When the brake pads are practically non-existent and metal brakes on metal, …

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… the brake disc takes the form of a soup plate.

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Around 150 working hours, a lot of nerves and around 13,500 euros in materials later turned the pile of core scrap into a real gem.

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Screwdriver report – Harley-Davidson for 2000 euros

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Scrap becomes quick

Lutz wanted something dirty because he had planned a major overhaul anyway. And it was clear to him that for 2000 euros there could only be something really bad. A year later, Lutz knows the difference between scrap and core scrap. And between general overhaul and rebuilding of a Harley-Davidson.

Klaus Herder

October 29, 2015

Before the wise guys and know-it-alls pour out the big bucket without having read this screwdriver story, the following can be revealed: Lutz (born 1959) is not a naive zeitgeist surfer who happened to discover the Harley theme and in the context of greed is cool -Mentality was looking for a bargain. On the contrary: the seasoned master mechanic and photographer bought his first Low Rider in 1979, which has been followed by around 30 other Harleys to date.

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The Stuttgart-based FXR fan built and modified most of them himself, the number of customer machines screwed by him is many times higher. But as it is in life: no matter how old people are, they are still learning. The realization that not only worn parts but also new parts can be deliberately screwed was won by Lutz from spring 2013. It began with a call from a good friend who was researching for Lutz at a Dutch Harley used dealer: “There is an FXRS from 1985 for 2800 euros. I advise you against it! ”“ Buy the thing if it goes below two mille. ”The Dutchman went down, of course, and so the disaster took its course in the form of a kit dismantled to the size of a manageable car trailer.

Frame not so bad at first glance

The frame that was correctly declared as an accident machine Harley-Davidson At first glance, Low Glide didn’t look so bad, and the approximately 76,000-mile 1340 Evo-Twin gave Lutz hope that it could be done with the usual program: “Dismantle the engine and transmission, replace all wear parts and seals, plus new pistons – that’s how I expected it. ”It turned out a little differently. After two days, the load, which originally came from Florida, was completely dismantled, checked and measured.

And Lutz already suspected that the puzzle would be better off with his neighbor – a scrap yard and recycling yard in Stuttgart. The first inventory in telegram style (a small selection): crooked frame, torn out fender struts, flexing the suspension strut mount of the swing arm and relocating it to the rear via a screwed-on flat iron, torn off the brake caliper mount on the fork, stanchions totally crooked, tank completely dented, (accessory) brake calipers without any Remnants of brake pads, soup-plate-shaped brake discs, wheel bearings ready, all (really all!) Threads screwed up and / or additionally ruined by incorrectly inserted thread repair sets, gear housing torn, exhaust only in the form of two crumbled roaring bags, seat missing, instruments scratched and / or ripped.

Around 150 working hours and around 13,500 euros in materials

But then a ray of hope: Hurray, a new clutch! It’s just a shame that said part was violently beaten on the shaft – including scrap. At some point, the total frustration turned into a now-especially attitude, and a lot of new and perfectly refurbished used parts found their place in the now straightened and plastic-coated frame. Once Lutz made the mistake of not asking for the part price. “I was just happy that the original part was still available.” That made a hardship for a relatively simple bench hinge. 

Around 150 working hours, a lot of nerves and around 13,500 euros in materials later turned the heap of scrap metal into a real piece of jewelry, which was given the finishing touches by Lutz’s son Danny, a professional tattoo artist, in the form of a Grateful Dead tattoo. Everything that could be technically optimized (e.g. gearbox, clutch, starter, ignition, camshaft, carburetor, tires, toothed belt, spring elements) was brought up to date by Lutz. He was more than sufficiently annoyed about the Americans’ own naivety and screwdriver stupidity. Now he is just happy: “I am so happy that I now have my very own Harley!” Lutz is planning a screwdriver book about the exact route – he already has the pictures.

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After the restoration, which has degenerated into rebuilding, son Danny, a professional tattoo artist, is allowed to give the Harley the final touch in the form of a Grateful Dead tattoo.

The temptation is great to buy a used Harley from the USA for little money. In order to have a rough idea of ​​what to expect, potential buyers should get a “Vehicle History Report” for the object they are looking for. This is quite easy for former US registrations – also and especially for cars – because in some US states there has been a reporting obligation for many issues since 1981 (e.g. insurance processing, legal proceedings, transfer of ownership, workshop protocols, accident reports, recalls). 

Anyone who knows the 17-digit VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) can request the Vehicle History Report from a service provider. The world’s largest provider is Carfax (www.carfax.eu). A free pre-check on the homepage reveals whether there are any reports at all. If you want to have the detailed report then, you pay 29.99 euros. The five-pack is cheaper for 39.99 euros. It is even cheaper to go to a Harley dealer, who almost always offers the VIN check with an additional Harley intranet check free of charge (but “only” verbally).

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