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Old 01-09-2013, 06:55 AM   #1
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Painting engine cases and pulley cover

I have polished engine cases on my 05 b. I want to black my bike out. I've been looking for night rod engine cases but there either scratched up or expensive. One question is do the night rod engine cases fit on the 05 B? I believe it's going to have to be a older night rod since I need a 1130cc case or do the 1250 cases work? Sorry if thts a dumb question I'm new to Harley's lol. Comparing to my dads 09 muscle the clutch right side case won't work because he has a dipstick there and it's a little different. But the left side case looks the same I'd did some quick measurements and they seem to be the same.

My next question is they need to be ceramic coated since the get hot correct?

I also want to get my chrome front pulley cover black also. That can be powder coated though since it does get as hot right? Or should I have that ceramic coated aswell so it matches the cases perfect?


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I am interested to see what you find out, I to would like to do the same to my B.


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Old 01-09-2013, 07:38 AM   #3
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Find a used set of covers and have them powder coated. You do not need to have them ceramic coated as the temperatures are not that extreme (unlike an exhaust).

The benefit to PC it that it will hide most scratches and give a great finish with less cost then custom painting.

Alternatively, you can take your existing cases off and have them PC'd, but then you can never go back.

I am in the process of restoring an old trail bike for my daughter (3 years old) and just have the frame, swingarm, triple tree & cover + gas tank done for $300. This included prep & blasting the parts.
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Find a used set of covers and have them powder coated. You do not need to have them ceramic coated as the temperatures are not that extreme (unlike an exhaust).

The benefit to PC it that it will hide most scratches and give a great finish with less cost then custom painting.

Alternatively, you can take your existing cases off and have them PC'd, but then you can never go back.

I am in the process of restoring an old trail bike for my daughter (3 years old) and just have the frame, swingarm, triple tree & cover + gas tank done for $300. This included prep & blasting the parts.
Ok thanks for the info. Is the left side engine case compatible with all the Vrods? Comparing to my dads 09 muscle they sure look the same. But the right side is not


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Up I can vouch for the fact that all the covers on the bikes are the same EXCEPT the muscle clutch cover, and that's due to the dipstick being over there for the dual exhaust. I've put all 05B engine covers on my 11 Muscle cases with the above exception. One thing if you are going to have them PC make sure that CLEAN the inside of the cases good before putting them back on. Otherwise you will have major problems down the road, and not very fair either as the sand from the PC sandblasting will get into the bearings and ect.
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DO like I did and paint them with BBQ paint -- check out my gallery -- did this 2 years ago and still looks like new ... One good weekend and you are all done.. Takes more time to tape the motor off then paint, etc..
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Ok thanks for the info. Is the left side engine case compatible with all the Vrods? Comparing to my dads 09 muscle they sure look the same. But the right side is not


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muscle dip stick will be in the clutch cover while all other will be in the block.
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Up I can vouch for the fact that all the covers on the bikes are the same EXCEPT the muscle clutch cover, and that's due to the dipstick being over there for the dual exhaust. I've put all 05B engine covers on my 11 Muscle cases with the above exception. One thing if you are going to have them PC make sure that CLEAN the inside of the cases good before putting them back on. Otherwise you will have major problems down the road, and not very fair either as the sand from the PC sandblasting will get into the bearings and ect.
Ok cool thanks for the help
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I Fu--ed up my covers on a 2013 f took cover off and powder coated them and love it cost 200
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Just be careful powder coating anything on the engine if you go with that. There are horror stories of what it can do if not done properly.
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Sorry didn't read Demthios's post.
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Just be careful powder coating anything on the engine if you go with that. There are horror stories of what it can do if not done properly.
Ok thanks I'm looking at some cheap ones with chrome bubbling. Won't they have to be sandblasted before painted anyway? I'm consider painting them with BBQ paint if it works good like he said. I have a sandblast booth so won't tht cut cost on labor if I get them powder coated?


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All my covers are powder coated and the cases, jugs and heads were spray painted.
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I have polished engine cases on my 05 b. I want to black my bike out. I've been looking for night rod engine cases but there either scratched up or expensive. One question is do the night rod engine cases fit on the 05 B? I believe it's going to have to be a older night rod since I need a 1130cc case or do the 1250 cases work? Sorry if thts a dumb question I'm new to Harley's lol. Comparing to my dads 09 muscle the clutch right side case won't work because he has a dipstick there and it's a little different. But the left side case looks the same I'd did some quick measurements and they seem to be the same.

My next question is they need to be ceramic coated since the get hot correct?

I also want to get my chrome front pulley cover black also. That can be powder coated though since it does get as hot right? Or should I have that ceramic coated aswell so it matches the cases perfect?


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I can deliver to Deleware for free. That'll save you a bundle .
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