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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 11-27-2012, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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whats the best engine for my softail 99

hello all on the forum
i have a qestion.

have to remove my ol 80" this winter
whats the best s&s engine for my
softail 99?. v113" v96" v111".
v111" i heard som bad things
about that engine like soft
cranc pins and bad sounds
after only 4miles. but the bore
and stroke is nice on that
makes good hp tq numbers to.
any comments ideas inputs.
anybody have some high miles on
those engines stated above?.

thanks in advance josey.

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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 11-28-2012, 12:32 AM
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Well it could be just me however if I have my 2012 FLTRX long enough to require a rebuild that I was not going to do myself, I'd look into one of the "Factory Rebuilds".

Granted I have a 103 and you seem to be dissatisfied with what you have but I can't see taking what I have and putting an S&S motor in it. If down the road I for some reason desire more "punch" than what I've now got (suits me fine) I'd look into bigger jugs, stroking, fuel system, exhaust upgrades or any combination of the above.

Granted I'm new to HD, so maybe there are issues with your current engine I know nothing about. Heck there may be issues with mine I know nothing about yet

A long time ago I realized the formula was very simple and all you had to know was how fast did you want to go and how much money where you willing to spend.

Well I'm 55 years old now and 10 MPH over the speed limit is about all I really wish to do these days and while I have seen the bike do 100 on the speedometer, I'm not really interested in finding out if I can bury that additional 20. That other than fuel really doesn't require much in the way of cash outlay.

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post #4 of 28 (permalink) Old 11-28-2012, 07:59 AM
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What do you want?

Do you want a drag bike?

Do you want a good puller with long life?

Do you want top end?

Do you want bottom end?

Do you want good fuel mileage?

Do you want to pull a trailer with it?

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post #6 of 28 (permalink) Old 11-28-2012, 08:47 AM
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S&S cost wise the best for the money is the 96" Super Stock. It'll put out 100+ at the rear tire after break in ! Best bang for the buck tho is rebuilding your engine for about half the price of the S&S !

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post #7 of 28 (permalink) Old 11-28-2012, 09:29 AM
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Yes, an 80"er is a tough engine, and can be re-worked to be very powerful, and long-lasting.
If wanting to step out into the deeper end of the pool, then an S&S 113"er can be a reliable brute, once attended to.
As Dave has mentioned, it comes down to what your expectations/wants/needs are.

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post #8 of 28 (permalink) Old 11-28-2012, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for the inputs gents.

my 80" is bad now cracked leftcase the rear mount
burning oil crank is not good etc etc, when the 80" was good its
produce 88 hp 5800 rpm and tq was 92 3900 rpm and good hp tq curve.
but i thought it was to weak anyway whith the ol lady on the back.

but good numbers for a
80" thats my opinion.

what i want is

a good puller whith long life
a good bottom end
a good top end to

rebuild my 80" in the way i want it suspect that
is more expensive here in
sweden than the us.
like staded above i thougt 80"
was to weak.

by the way we eat plenty of swedish meatballs
but no trailer pulling.


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any more comments thougts of this gents.

regards josey
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.... and you wouldn't wear boots to go to the beach.
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