Best Carb For A 50 Panhead

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Best Carb For A 50 Panhead

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Post by Mickey Yak » Sat Apr 17, 2010 2:46 pm

Gents
The time has come to replace the carburetor on my 50 Pan. The mill has an Andrews A grind cam. What carburetor would you guys recommend? Is there any that can be adjusted rather than re jetting?
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Re: Best Carb For A 50 Panhead

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Post by Sir_Rat » Sun Apr 18, 2010 4:54 am

What carb do you have on it now and what is happening that makes you want to change it in the first place? I always thought the Linkert was an excelent carb....my opinion only

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Re: Best Carb For A 50 Panhead

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Post by 51Hog » Sun Apr 18, 2010 5:02 am

I really like my linkert.

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Re: Best Carb For A 50 Panhead

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Post by Cotten » Sun Apr 18, 2010 2:12 pm

Mickey Yak!

If your VIN seems like its in the first half of the year's production, then look for an M-45.
If your VIN seems to be a later machine, then an M-74 (with no "B") is in order.

Any Linkert that will bolt up can be made to work, of course,
but choosing the original model will better preserve your investment, far into the future.

Good luck!

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Post by fourthgear » Mon Apr 19, 2010 10:40 pm

If you are not into full resto ,CV 40 .

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Re: Best Carb For A 50 Panhead

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Post by steinauge » Tue Apr 20, 2010 1:55 pm

I have 4 big twins running with 38mm round slide Mikunis on them.This carb has given really excellent results for me.Cheap,simple ,reliable and not in the way of your leg.

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Re: Best Carb For A 50 Panhead

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Post by NightShift » Tue Apr 20, 2010 4:30 pm

Dear Steinauge,
My Mikuni ran great!

When the slide didnt stick open,

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Re: Best Carb For A 50 Panhead

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Post by Bosheff » Tue Apr 20, 2010 5:25 pm

S.U. is where it's at....bosheff

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Re: Best Carb For A 50 Panhead

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Post by Mickey Yak » Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:21 pm

Gents
Forgot to mention the bike is a Frankstein. 1950 Pan of a 58 Frame. Present carburator is a S&S. I took it apart and turned the injector for the fuel pump and the manfacturer says not to do that. It is a bitch to zero in and to start it I need to turn the throttel. Think I am going to try useing more twist of the wrist to increase the amount of gas before start kicking the old gal. I was useing two squirts.
Is there a carburator that you do not have to re jet?
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Re: Best Carb For A 50 Panhead

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Post by Cotten » Thu Apr 22, 2010 2:43 pm

Mickey Yak wrote:Gents
Forgot to mention the bike is a Frankstein. 1950 Pan of a 58 Frame. Present carburator is a S&S. I took it apart and turned the injector for the fuel pump and the manfacturer says not to do that. It is a bitch to zero in and to start it I need to turn the throttel. Think I am going to try useing more twist of the wrist to increase the amount of gas before start kicking the old gal. I was useing two squirts.
Is there a carburator that you do not have to re jet?
Thanks All
Mickey Yak
Mickey!

Doesn't your carb have an enrichener for starting?

Linkerts only need "re jetting" when the original jet is boogered by a dull screwdriver.

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Re: Best Carb For A 50 Panhead

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Post by steinauge » Thu Apr 22, 2010 3:05 pm

From your description you have an S&S E. If so your starting accellerator pump adjustment is run the pump adj screw in until it bottoms LIGHTLY,then come out 21\2 turns.This should be close to right.That carb has both a pump and an enrichener and should be a real easy starter.If you havent made any changes in the cam,exh or intake department and you think you need to rejet you might look for an air leak and do a compression test in that order.

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Re: Best Carb For A 50 Panhead

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Post by Bosheff » Thu Apr 22, 2010 3:35 pm

Ya don't have ta rejet the S.U. If engine is internally somewhere near stock, and is in good mechanical condition, run it the way it comes set-up. BBX needle, .100 pick up tube, silver spring....bosheff

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Re: Best Carb For A 50 Panhead

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Post by NightShift » Thu Apr 22, 2010 4:27 pm

Dear Bosheff,
What if you pulled the SU off an MG or some car? Or are you saying to lay out for a whole new one in a box?
Myself Id just fix the E first and then sell it for a Panhead carb.

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Re: Best Carb For A 50 Panhead

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Post by Hauula Pan » Fri Apr 23, 2010 5:28 am

Carb. choice is pretty much more of a personal preference than a rocket science as many will work just fine. In previous posts about hard starting after switching from a Linkert to an S&S Super E there were many interesting replies. Mostly agreeing that the S&S does often have some starting issues. But others run them with no problem. CV-40 & Bendix have had many good reviews. Of course the original Linkert is the obvious choice for pureists. The Mikuni is extremely simple and reliable, the SU is a tried & true carb. that works well on most panheads. The old Tilletson gives loads of power but is prone to hard starting. The list goes on. I currently have an S&S E that starts great cold and is extremely fussy hot. Adding an insulator block helped but it is still a bit picky. I'm rebuilding my Linkert as that is one that has always started and ran reliably for me and I've returned the rest of the bike to stock. But if you are not concerned with stock and just want reliable I'd say try the CV-40, Bendix, Mikuni or SU, they all work well. Check out the archives for previous posts especially about the S&S and its starting issues.

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Re: Best Carb For A 50 Panhead

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Post by 1450 » Fri Apr 23, 2010 2:10 pm

Hauula Pan wrote:Carb. choice is pretty much more of a personal preference than a rocket science as many will work just fine. In previous posts about hard starting after switching from a Linkert to an S&S Super E there were many interesting replies. Mostly agreeing that the S&S does often have some starting issues. But others run them with no problem. CV-40 & Bendix have had many good reviews. Of course the original Linkert is the obvious choice for pureists. The Mikuni is extremely simple and reliable, the SU is a tried & true carb. that works well on most panheads. The old Tilletson gives loads of power but is prone to hard starting. The list goes on. I currently have an S&S E that starts great cold and is extremely fussy hot. Adding an insulator block helped but it is still a bit picky. I'm rebuilding my Linkert as that is one that has always started and ran reliably for me and I've returned the rest of the bike to stock. But if you are not concerned with stock and just want reliable I'd say try the CV-40, Bendix, Mikuni or SU, they all work well. Check out the archives for previous posts especially about the S&S and its starting issues.
it looks like the linkert is the best ?

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