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76 FLH

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Post by Scrap » Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:13 am

OP wants to trade for my 80 FLT. 76 FLH, .30 over, 10:1, Baker transmission. Any issues to discourage me? Was 76 any better or worse for AMF? Thanks
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Re: 76 FLH

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Post by guppymech » Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:59 pm

The compression ratio at 10:1 gives me pause. The factory reduced the compression ratio from 8.0 to 7.4 to help with detonation and I'm not saying the lower compression (7.4) is ideal either. Dual plugging the heads will help with the 10:1 compression but I don't see any on the bike in the pic. Not mentioned, but it most likely has a more radical cam to go along with the high comp or at least it should.

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Re: 76 FLH

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Post by Doc37W » Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:15 pm

Most people rebuild a bike engine to go fast, make lots of hp., when they really don't ride it that way. After they get it running, they discover it's not a easy running engine, won't start easy, runs hot,etc. Fast bikes are only fun for awhile, Nobody can ride 90 mph on the streets for very long. I would take it out for a ride and ride it like you normally do. That will tell you if it's one that you'll enjoy riding. Doc

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Re: 76 FLH

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Post by VPH-D » Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:35 pm

How stock is your FLT? The white bike has a lot of modifications, most of which affect reliability, which you don't want.
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Re: 76 FLH

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Post by RUBONE » Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:47 pm

An all stock 80FLT has a certain amount of prestige, First year rubber mount, first 5 speed, etc. Possible higher collector interest in the future. The '76 is common, modified, and pretty much at the peak of factory screw-ups. Most issues have likely been dealt with by now though.

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Re: 76 FLH

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Post by Scrap » Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:35 pm

My FLT is stock except for slip on mufflers, S&S, mustang seat. I have the original parts as I bought it new. When new, valve seals were installed under warranty. It was designed for 101 octane but only unleaded lower octane was available. While the dealer had it in to do the valves I had low compression pistons installed as it was .
pinging. I have a new Roadglide and put the FLT up for sale. The only offer so far is the trade. I may be too old to wait for imy FLT to become desirable. Thought I might have fun with the 76 for a year or two then sell it. Thanks for the advice. I'm going to give it some thought.

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Re: 76 FLH

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Post by RooDog » Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:24 pm

Just my two cents worth:
If i had the choice between the two bikes for equal money I would choose the '76 as it is a basic well proven design and I can handle anything it throws at me, while the FLT was a first year model with with design features (flaws) I personally could not live with. But that is jyst my opinion which is usually not worth much to other people, and the final decision is yours to make....

I love my rubber mounted 5-speed bagger, but it is home built to my specs as is my '68 Shovelhead, so I do have experience with both configurations of Harleys.

Best wishes..... RooDog

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Re: 76 FLH

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Post by Scrap » Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:10 am

Roodog, a couple of issues with valve seats but all in all its been a great bike. Tens of thousands of miles on the rear chain. The enclosed oil bath rear chain was genius. Initial stretch adjustment one time, then that's pretty much it. Changing tires not much fun. Rubber mounted engine is almost free of vibration at the handlebars. The fairing is virtually the same as the new Roadglide. Light a cigarette at speed before I quit. For a first year model they must've done their homework.
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Re: 76 FLH

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Post by RooDog » Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:38 am

Sounds like you have the perfect motorsikle, so why are we considering a trade? Has the clutch release mechanism in the tranny cover given any ptroblems? How about the swing arm cleveblock bushing which wear out and cause that deadly wobble? I loved the oil filter located in the back of the tranny on my '84, but I lost that feature when I upgraded to a belt drive. Best wishes RooDog

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Re: 76 FLH

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Post by Scrap » Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:11 pm

I bought a new Roadglide last year. I don't need another one. The FLT probably won't fetch more than 2 or 3 grand. The 76 might be fun .

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