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Is there such a thing as...

Postby FM-USA » Wed Mar 18, 2015 1:26 pm



Is there such a thing as a Forever Motorcycle?
Hardleys seem to be one.
Car parts fit inside the motor, but that was the original intent way-way...WAY-way-way back then.

Are there any others that can be repaired by simple tools to using "other" parts?


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Re: Is there such a thing as...

Postby tom84std » Wed Mar 18, 2015 2:04 pm

I replaced the mechanical fuel pump on my 79 as well as the electric one on my 84 with an automotive OEM electric pump. Engine internal parts are gonna be limited. I do a lot of part swapping back and forth. The problem I run into the most is that people at the auto supply want to know year, model, engine... Here's your part, now go. I adapted a Ford starter solenoid to my bike because the solenoids on VTX's are known for sticking. I asked the kid at the auto supply for a Ford solenoid from the 60's and he acted like he couldn't find it without a model, engine, power steering? Auto or manual?

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Re: Is there such a thing as...

Postby roadwanderer2 » Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:04 pm

tom84std wrote:I replaced the mechanical fuel pump on my 79 as well as the electric one on my 84 with an automotive OEM electric pump. Engine internal parts are gonna be limited. I do a lot of part swapping back and forth. The problem I run into the most is that people at the auto supply want to know year, model, engine... Here's your part, now go. I adapted a Ford starter solenoid to my bike because the solenoids on VTX's are known for sticking. I asked the kid at the auto supply for a Ford solenoid from the 60's and he acted like he couldn't find it without a model, engine, power steering? Auto or manual?


yeah, the most common ford solenoid, it fit on almost every ford made from the 60' to the late 80's, fairlane, LTD, t-bird, falcon, galaxy, mustang, Torino and ranchero.

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Re: Is there such a thing as...

Postby trike lady » Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:15 pm

A gentleman from another forum used a John Deere tractor solenoid on his 1200.
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Re: Is there such a thing as...

Postby roadwanderer2 » Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:18 pm

trike lady wrote:A gentleman from another forum used a John Deere tractor solenoid on his 1200.



some of the ones for the Murray riding mower with the Briggs and Stratton motor will also work ;).

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Re: Is there such a thing as...

Postby urbanmadness » Fri Mar 20, 2015 2:24 pm

I hear ya... they just wanna puch in what it is to get your part...

Wonder what would happen if I asked for an Altenator for a 1982 Aspencade (I have a poor boy conversion)... LOL

I had a situation with my truck...It's a full size 1991 Jimmy. It's pretty much a stock truck, and it was the last year for a straight axle (it's a 4x4 thing... lol)... Well, the parts guy swore that I had a modified truck, becuase they switched to independed front ends in 1988. I blew his mind when I told him, that they didn't change to independent front ends on the 1 ton, crew cab, Jimmy, k-5 and Suburban until 1992. But the computer says.... I told him I didn't care what the computer says... Just look up an '87... it's the same front end... LOL.... I'm just glad I didn't need all four shocks on the front end.... that would of really made him scratch his head.

Oh well... please pass the blinker fluid

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Re: Is there such a thing as...

Postby roadwanderer2 » Fri Mar 20, 2015 2:33 pm

ROFLMAO @ blinker fluid. THATS FUNNY :lol:

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Re: Is there such a thing as...

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Fri Mar 20, 2015 3:09 pm

I don't know. I do know that both mine are approaching 80,000 miles and I honestly don't see any real end to how long they'll run as long as I make sure the fluids are maintained at proper levels and are changed as they should be. I just wish I could find a tire that would last a little longer than what mine generally last.

Most of the guys I know, who run Harleys are on their original tires LOL

FM-USA wrote:Is there such a thing as a Forever Motorcycle?
Hardleys seem to be one.
Car parts fit inside the motor, but that was the original intent way-way...WAY-way-way back then.

Are there any others that can be repaired by simple tools to using "other" parts?
I am wrong as often as I am right concerning what is wrong with someone else' motorcycle without having seen the machine in person. Guessing with limited information, as to the source of the trouble, is sketchy at best.

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Re: Is there such a thing as...

Postby harvey01 » Fri Mar 20, 2015 4:31 pm

Two problems with older bikes: 1. Dealers are very reluctant to work on most bikes older than 10 years. 2. Parts availability starts getting difficult after 10 years as that date the manufacturer is no longer required to make and maintain the parts.

Fortunately aftermarket providers frequently make short runs of parts that are needed. I have an 81 CBX and there are a couple good providers of parts and David Silvers USA sort of specializes in Hondas. Randaks is also a good supplier of some stuff for GL's and CBX's.


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