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I've been debating on taking the saddle bags off of my FXSTC. I think it just is a cleaner look without them, and I mostly don't use them and they're starting to look raggedy, but I do need something. Maybe a pillion/sissybar bag or something (need some place to stick bread and other crap I pick up sometimes, as well as a place to hold my night clears, or spare gloves and whatnot in the "winter", puck for the kickstand if I stop on soft ground, rainsuit, etc). Just thinking it might look odd without the bags while having the windshield and wide touring style seat. If I did, I'd also leave the signal relocation kit the way it is, I like those better anyway for safety since they're larger and further spread apart.

Was thinking about with a pillion bag though, want one smaller, not too thick, could fit some stuff better that's awkward or hard to get into the saddle bags, hamburger buns less likely to get squished. I might go over to this local place that sells biker wear and stuff and see what they have. Lot of times it's hard to tell looking online how it would work out.

Granted, might be hard to tell too with these pics since I got my helmet on the sissybar and leathers hanging all over the pillion. But that's also an issue with doing a pillion bag, I won't be able to just put my helmet on the sissybar anymore, I'm not real fond of hanging it on the throttle by the chin strap either.

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I sold my big touring bikes and a couple of months ago bought a nice 2002 Softail Standard from a good friend, who had purchased it new. It had been sitting for a bit so I took it to John's Performance Shop near Port Orchard, WA and had a 5k service done (Redline lubricants) along with getting new Michelin tires. John also gave me a new in the box front wheel from newer bike. Also got front brakes and wheel bearings.

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I bought a set of Heritage bags from a friend, installed stiffeners in the bags and fabricated mounts from some old chair brackets from chairs off of the USS Nimitz that had been discarded. A friend powder coated them. I then installed the highway bars and foot pegs (not in pic). A friend who has a shop full of Pans and Shovelheads, along with tons of spare parts gave me a nice windscreen. I also installed new Harley mirrors, hand grips and relocated the turn signals to the front forks. Also just installed some floorboards, which make it very comfortable for riding, but getting to the shifter is now difficult so am weighing my options.
 

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I sold my big touring bikes and a couple of months ago bought a nice 2002 Softail Standard from a good friend, who had purchased it new. It had been sitting for a bit so I took it to John's Performance Shop near Port Orchard, WA and had a 5k service done (Redline lubricants) along with getting new Michelin tires. John also gave me a new in the box front wheel from newer bike. Also got front brakes and wheel bearings.

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I bought a set of Heritage bags from a friend, installed stiffeners in the bags and fabricated mounts from some old chair brackets from chairs off of the USS Nimitz that had been discarded. A friend powder coated them. I then installed the highway bars and foot pegs (not in pic). A friend who has a shop full of Pans and Shovelheads, along with tons of spare parts gave me a nice windscreen. I also installed new Harley mirrors, hand grips and relocated the turn signals to the front forks. Also just installed some floorboards, which make it very comfortable for riding, but getting to the shifter is now difficult so am weighing my options.

Looks like she's ready to get broken in. Better late than never!
 

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All nice machines. I should have clarified my description as gently used, well maintained and with relatively low miles at 25K miles. That is low to me for a 19 year old bike since I put a lot of miles on a bike, riding around the US and Canada.

I'm trying to determine how I should upgrade the cam chain tensioners, to include those rotten INA bearings. There are many posts about it so hopefully I'll find the correct way to proceed. John at John's Performance Shop told me of a number of options, from installing the S&S gear drives or upgrading to later model hydraulic cam chain tensioners, cams, cam carrier plate, high capacity oil pump etc. Color me confused by the entire thing.
 

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All nice machines. I should have clarified my description as gently used, well maintained and with relatively low miles at 25K miles. That is low to me for a 19 year old bike since I put a lot of miles on a bike, riding around the US and Canada.

I'm trying to determine how I should upgrade the cam chain tensioners, to include those rotten INA bearings. There are many posts about it so hopefully I'll find the correct way to proceed. John at John's Performance Shop told me of a number of options, from installing the S&S gear drives or upgrading to later model hydraulic cam chain tensioners, cams, cam carrier plate, high capacity oil pump etc. Color me confused by the entire thing.
First you would need to measure crank runout to see if gear drives are even a consideration.

I went with the HD hydraulic cam chain tensioner upgrade which includes a better oil pump. Upgrade kits now include the Screamin Eagle oil pump. Was a separate purchase for the SE oil pump when I did mine.
 

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First you would need to measure crank runout to see if gear drives are even a consideration.

I went with the HD hydraulic cam chain tensioner upgrade which includes a better oil pump. Upgrade kits now include the Screamin Eagle oil pump. Was a separate purchase for the SE oil pump when I did mine.
Thanks Kainam. I've been reading some articles and have about come to the same conclusion. The previous owner was not a hot rodder but I came about an interesting article about the three piece crank and some of the issues, Torsional Vibration and Torque Spike due to the pressures on the crank. While I've had several friends who installed the S&S gear drive, without issues, I think I'm going with the cam chain adjuster upgrade. JP Cycles has the S&S package, which include the cams, cam carrier back plate, oil pump etc., for $1900. The cam chain adjuster kit is about $1700. A good friend who is a Shovel/Pan magician just did his first S&STC gear drive install for a friend and said it was easy. He fabricated the required jigs and tools. He's not done the hydraulic adjusters but I'm sure he can do it. The best part is that his labor is free to me. I just hooked him up with a shovelhead FLT basket case for $1000, including a side car. He said he "owes me" but that's not the case. He's just a good friend.

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I've been debating on taking the saddle bags off of my FXSTC. I think it just is a cleaner look without them, and I mostly don't use them and they're starting to look raggedy, but I do need something. Maybe a pillion/sissybar bag or something (need some place to stick bread and other crap I pick up sometimes, as well as a place to hold my night clears, or spare gloves and whatnot in the "winter", puck for the kickstand if I stop on soft ground, rainsuit, etc). Just thinking it might look odd without the bags while having the windshield and wide touring style seat. If I did, I'd also leave the signal relocation kit the way it is, I like those better anyway for safety since they're larger and further spread apart.

Was thinking about with a pillion bag though, want one smaller, not too thick, could fit some stuff better that's awkward or hard to get into the saddle bags, hamburger buns less likely to get squished. I might go over to this local place that sells biker wear and stuff and see what they have. Lot of times it's hard to tell looking online how it would work out.

Granted, might be hard to tell too with these pics since I got my helmet on the sissybar and leathers hanging all over the pillion. But that's also an issue with doing a pillion bag, I won't be able to just put my helmet on the sissybar anymore, I'm not real fond of hanging it on the throttle by the chin strap either.

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Dang Kyle but I missed your post. Nice ride there bro.

I have a simple roll bag on my rear rack and will post a pic tomorrow. I keep things like gloves, registration, sun tan lotion, glasses etc., in the roll bag but in my bags I keep Slime and an air pump in case of a flat, a Jump N Go battery kicker, rain gear, sweatshirt etc, in the saddle bags. You've got a nice ride there and reminds me that I need to start looking for a solo seat with backrest. I got those same floorboards from J&P and love the seating position but shifting is difficult. A friend told me that there are shifters available that stick out more for easier access.
 

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Dang Kyle but I missed your post. Nice ride there bro.

I have a simple roll bag on my rear rack and will post a pic tomorrow. I keep things like gloves, registration, sun tan lotion, glasses etc., in the roll bag but in my bags I keep Slime and an air pump in case of a flat, a Jump N Go battery kicker, rain gear, sweatshirt etc, in the saddle bags. You've got a nice ride there and reminds me that I need to start looking for a solo seat with backrest. I got those same floorboards from J&P and love the seating position but shifting is difficult. A friend told me that there are shifters available that stick out more for easier access.
I don't have any issues reaching my shifter. But, I adjusted my shifter while wearing the boots I ride with in relation to where I have the board set. Although, depending on the angle and position you've adjusted your floorboards, that could make shifting harder. Mine is straight up above my toes.

Oh but also, the arm on my shifter is bent slightly (took it off my wrecked bike), so that could be a factor too?

My boards are set at about the same angle that my feet would be if I were using pegs (slightly more forward angled though, my toes sit about 1/4" or so lower relative to my heel than they would if I were using pegs). Actually, relative to pegs, aside from a slightly different angle, my feet are overall 2.5" lower straight down from where they would be with pegs.
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What do they say about a picture being worth a thousand words. I see that your floorboards are higher than mine. I'll try raising them, which will also push them forward since I have mine at about the 7 O'Clock position. My difficulty with the shifter is that I have to turn my toe in to much to shift so was considering getting another shifter arm that would move the shift peg to the left about 2-3 inches. Thanks for the pics and I'll experiment with different positions. What's good about these floorboards is that they adjust in some many different ways.

We've entered the rainy season here in the Pacific Northwest so I have nothing but time on my hands.
 
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