Electric starter conversion

I recently bought my first Panhead, a 56 fl and was wondering is it possible to convert to electric start while keeping my kicker? Is so what kit works best?

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Electric starter conversion

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Post by Booski1227 » Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:22 pm

I recently bought my first Panhead, a 56FL and was wondering if it’s possible to convert to electric start while keeping my kicker? If so what kit Works best?



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Re: Electric starter conversion

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Post by 1950Panhead » Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:58 pm

Tech cycle - http://techcycle.com/pan-head-electric-start-kit/
rses - http://www.4speedelectricstart.com/
65 pan parts - http://www.antiquemotorcycle.org/bboard ... tric-start

They all modify the bike from what it was, an alternative is a 65 pan that came with starter.

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Re: Electric starter conversion

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Post by panhead » Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:11 pm


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Re: Electric starter conversion

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Post by RooDog » Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:52 pm

If you are into electrafying that bike I take it you are not stuck on originality. Here's an idea the works out really well, my beer drinkin buddy built his 86" hot rod '50 Panny this way:
Evo Softal 5 speed tranny with electric starter and belt drive. He also installed a kicker kit, but after a few weeks he removed it, I eBayed it to a guy in England, and he never looked back. The advantages are numerous including not having to do a bunch of re-engineering to make it work, and it's mostly swap meet parts.....
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Re: Electric starter conversion

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Post by Buddhahoodvatoloco » Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:55 pm

Well, if your looking for quality, plus some elbow grease, Tech Cycle is the bomb hombre, the bomb. I've landed at least five of them, quality. :lol:

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Re: Electric starter conversion

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Post by panhog » Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:20 am

I also recommend the RSES from Russ Peterson. I have been running one of his first production units for years. A couple of weeks ago the teeth on the gear that engages the starter gear on the tranny broke off. I called Russ. He admitted that he has made improvements over the years .To make a long story short. He is sending me a new and improved total unit free of charge. I send him my old unit. Where can you find such character nowadays. Not only does Russ put out a great product to keep us old decrepit riders in the wind. He stands behind his product. He is one of us. Not some conglomerate.
http://www.4speedelectricstart.com/

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Re: Electric starter conversion

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Post by Panacea » Sat Mar 16, 2019 4:19 am

I don't want to kill your buzz but why own a pan if you don't like the kicker? If you have it tuned right it'll start easy...just saying..

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Re: Electric starter conversion

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Post by panhog » Sat Mar 16, 2019 4:33 am

Panacea. I don't know if you are talking to me. But. I will reply. I have owned my 1964 Police Special since 1974. We have been though a lot together. It is not a matter of "not liking the kicker" as you state. I love the kicker. My right knee joint has been replaced. My left knee is shot and needs to be replaced. I would love to be able to still kick my pan to life. Alas.That is not physically possible for me any more. I believe do not judge another person unless you have walked in their boots. That is why Russ Peterson's RSES is a God send for me. I hope you can continue to kick your pan until you kick the bucket. Ride safe.

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Re: Electric starter conversion

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Post by panhog » Sat Mar 16, 2019 7:05 am

Panacea wrote:
Sat Mar 16, 2019 4:19 am
I don't want to kill your buzz but why own a pan if you don't like the kicker? If you have it tuned right it'll start easy...just saying..
Well?

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Re: Electric starter conversion

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Post by RooDog » Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:38 pm

panhog wrote:
Sat Mar 16, 2019 7:05 am
Panacea wrote:
Sat Mar 16, 2019 4:19 am
I don't want to kill your buzz but why own a pan if you don't like the kicker? If you have it tuned right it'll start easy...just saying..
Well?
I have both an electric start '68 Shovelhead and a big inch Evo and love 'em both, but my '50 Panny is kick only, and I would never change it to E-starting, that is the beauty of that machine, its character, its heart and soul. (I have had it since September 1967) If one can no longer start it, then one probably don't need to be riding it.
...RooDog....

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Re: Electric starter conversion

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Post by panhead_kicker » Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:43 pm

Hi Booski1227!
Looks like this is your first post on the forum. Generally it’s a good idea to start out by introducing yourself to the forum as a new member :D
http://www.hydra-glide.com/phpBB3/viewforum.php?f=127

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Re: Electric starter conversion

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Post by Panacea » Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:01 am

panhog wrote:
Sat Mar 16, 2019 4:33 am
Panacea. I don't know if you are talking to me. But. I will reply. I have owned my 1964 Police Special since 1974. We have been though a lot together. It is not a matter of "not liking the kicker" as you state. I love the kicker. My right knee joint has been replaced. My left knee is shot and needs to be replaced. I would love to be able to still kick my pan to life. Alas.That is not physically possible for me any more. I believe do not judge another person unless you have walked in their boots. That is why Russ Peterson's RSES is a God send for me. I hope you can continue to kick your pan until you kick the bucket. Ride safe.
I was actually not talking to you, The original poster said he just bought his first pan,my question was if he didn't want a kicker why buy a pan? Sorry if that offended you, please try not to take anything I say too seriously. Life's too short...Mike

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Re: Electric starter conversion

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Post by panhog » Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:14 am

Panacea. Thanks for your reply. I do not care what roodog thinks. He seems to be a very narrow minded individual. I will continue use my RSES ,manufactured Russ Peterson in Norfolk Nebraska. I am not ashamed to be handicapped as roodog wants me to feel. I will continue to ride my 1964 Police Special. What ever it takes. I just wonder. Who the Hell are you. ROODOG. To tell me I should not be riding it? If I could say it. Go f yourself. Wow. I can say it. I took one GFYS out. HAHA, Thanks. PANHEAD. I cleaned it up.

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Re: Electric starter conversion

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Post by Panacea » Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:14 pm

More power to you! I guess it's easy to have a narrow view and forget everybody has their own perspective. I hope I can find the courage to deal with my own limitations...Mike

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