Tonight I was brave and it was time to tackle the 240 mod. I have been reading about this mod for 18+ months now and feel like I know it like the back of my hand, but my heart was beating just a little faster when I decided that tonight was the night to try it all out. Unpacked my spanking new angle grinder (great excuse to finally pull the trigger on this and stop bugging the guy next door), loaded up the cutting wheel - marked out the 7/8 measurements and went a cutting. Worked out quite well - and after some buffing with the dremel looked like it belonged. Spent some time on the other side of the swingarm cleaning up any casting flash and smoothing down any potential area of contact. Ok onto the 240 reactor, which I recently had the tire mounted.
Lets take a break here and talk about that. You know sometimes Harley dealerships really suck. Don't get me wrong I have dealt with some brilliant ones and still do on a regular basis, Newcastle HD, Hales and Latus down in Oregon are super brilliant. But here in Seattle, things are very very lean. My closest is Eastside Harley, and I don't know why I keep going back - they are simply useless. One thing their spare parts dept is decent to deal with - friggn pricey (I just paid $15 for a oil filter for my 48 where I could get this from Latus for like 6 bucks) but have helped me on a few parts I needed quickly. However the sales and service departments are just incredibly awful (I have has a few dealings with both). So a few weeks ago I rock in with my new reactor rims and wheels, on a friday afternoon and half their team is standing around looking for something to do. I ask them simply to mount the tires on the rims - that’s all - happy to pay what they think it's worth. Nope - sorry we cant do that. I am like, you have guys standing around - I am sure they can kick this on in like 15 mins and make a quick $50 bucks. Nope - can I sell you a tire? Really - Can I sell you a tire .. that was his answer to the problem. Anyways, half a mile down the road is a Kawasaki dealer - he had no problems mounting my tire onto the rim - even used specialized tools they had so the chrome was not in danger at all - he had no problem taking my money, and even sparked up a conversation on my project which ended up being a few beers with the service boys as we swapped stories - amazing..
Anyway, I have rolled out the new 240 reactor and Metzer, unpacked the chrome compensator and pulled out the new reactor pulley. The night before I put the pulley bearing in the freezer to shrink it just a touch, Armed with my trusted huge bolt, nut and a few washers (which is used to drive on a bearing and sleeve for the swingarm a few months back), the pulley bearing slid right in with a few turns of the spanner. A few more light whacks with a large socket and rubber mallet and it is sitting nicely in place. Time to measure all this up and see where I am.
I took the advice and slipped the brake onto the rotor before screwing it into the wheel, and duct taped the brake onto the rotor while I got the other pieces into order so I had no accidental slippage and chrome gouging. New compensator +bowl bolts onto the wheel, and on with the pully. Looking good.
Taped the hell out of the pulley with some thick painters tape to ensure no scratching and rolled the wheel in. You know, even then I knew something was wrong. It just did not feel right. Pulley was pulled askew, and it just don’t not seem to fit. Even trying to get the brake spacer in looked like a task. At this time, I measured the entire width of the setup vs the width of the swingarm space and wouldn't you know it - my wheel combo was a touch wider. Frig me .. I then started thinking what could it be - and looking at my old tire. You know, I think I screwed up here and maybe bought the later compensator bowl instead of the 06. Yep, quick look at the box and voila, and 09 part. So, just to humor myself I pulled the one off my 180 and connected it up - slid the tire in, a few stock spacers and presto, instant 240.
My test run with copious amounts of blue protection
View with the polished rear brake rotor
mmm .. that is very nice. Size does matter!
looking good, even with the old compensator
Well tomorrow I will order the 06 bowl but tonight I am super happy with the ease of the 240 setup and it looks great, even in the bare frame.