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Old 12-16-2009, 04:23 PM
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A friend of mine has bought a 1980 FLT and pulled the Shovelhead for his project bike.

I'm thinking of buying it, but I need to know a few things before I go ahead with it.

I have a spare EVO engine and I want to put that in there and ride it, but before I commit to this, I have a couple of questions I need answers to.

So I'd really appreciate your help...


First off: This bike has the enclosed chain drive on the rear wheel, and it appears also have a chain primary. Are parts available to convert this bike from chain primary and secondary to belt drive on the primary and seconday ? So I can get a ballpark, where would be the cheapest place to buy these conversion parts ?


Second: As much as I love Electraglides, I hate sharknose fairing that the FLT has. On a 1980 FLT how big a deal will it be to remove the fairing and go to a single round headlight ? I want this bike to have the Road King look. I ask this question because I know on some of the Glides you can just remove the fairing from the forks and some of them it is very difficult to remove from.

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Old 12-16-2009, 04:38 PM
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It does have a chain primary. To convert the secondary chain, you'll need to search bikebandit, zippers, zanoties and J&P for conversion kits. Trick will be to find the right offset pullies for the tranny and the rear wheel for the belt to run true. Plus you'll have to pull the swingarm and most likely replace the cleaveblocks since they are very old.

Your bike and your dime, it's easier to remove the chain enclosure and save it and replace the sprockets and run a good o-ring chain and keep it lubed.

Removing the fairing is easy, re-wiring the harness to fit inside the headlight nacelle and getting rid of the fork mounted speedo and tach is more of the challenge. V-twin makes a kit to convert it and you'll need to swap gas tanks to run a roadking setup with the speedo on the tank.

Lot's of money and lots of time, your call. Me, I'd walk away and find a different "glide to start with if what your looking for is more of a roadking.
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Old 12-16-2009, 04:45 PM
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It's a complete, titled bike- minus engine for $800.

At that price- I can afford to throw some cash at it.
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I am not sure about a 1980 but on earlier shovel frames an EVO engine will not fit as Evo engines are taller. Check and be sure.
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Old 12-16-2009, 09:45 PM
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I did the RK style conversion. The fairing swap to nacelle is relatively easy. Most of the after market shells are plastic. There are 2 styles of nacelles, I attached pics of both. I think the chrome style looks better. Here's a few pics of the 80 FLT conversion. You sell the parts on eBay and cover the parts you need.
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Old 12-16-2009, 09:52 PM
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As far as the enclosed chain - I removed the oil bath enclosure and ran it exposed. I don't believe the 5 speed FLT trans will work with an Evo. The speedometer change is not required unless you don't like the gauge pod.
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Old 12-17-2009, 12:53 AM
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Thanks for letting me know about the transmission- I have a RevTech 6 speed stuck up for a project, but I might be able to use it with this.

I spoke to a Harley Davidson shop in Auburn, AL, another one in Georgia and they both told me an EVO would be a drop in swap on the 1980 the FLT.

Specifically, I spoke to a tech at Big Swamp and a tech at Frasier.


BTW: Your bike is pretty much exactly what I want.

May I PM you and ask a few questions in regards to how the chain drive was with respect to reliability and how it impacted rideability ?

Thanks so much for all the replies !
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Old 12-17-2009, 05:23 AM
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Rizzo has done a really neat job. His bike looks very similar to my FLHS (without my batwing).
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BTW: Your bike is pretty much exactly what I want.

May I PM you and ask a few questions in regards to how the chain drive was with respect to reliability and how it impacted rideability ?
Sure you can PM me. It's been about 5 years but I think I can still be helpful. No problem with the chain, my new bagger was converted to a chain because the belts were breaking (built engine). I honestly don't think the ridebility makes a difference on chain vs belt.
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Man, its a SHOVEL. Sell the Evo motor, use that money to buy a used Shovel motor and take the spare cash you have to have the motor rebuilt by a shop that knows Shovels. Don't wreck it with and Evo motor. And JMHO, the Sharknose bikes really are an aquired taste. You either like them or you don't. But a Short Dark windshield really styles them up. Not to mention they are the best riding touring bikes ever to sport a Shovelhead motor. Besides, what greater joy is there than leaking oil all over your friends driveway while you make fun of there brand new girlie bikes.
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