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What is/was your best upgrade

Discussion in 'General' started by Raywood, Feb 5, 2010.

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List your best upgrade/improvement on your Big Dog

  1. Accessories – Spikes, Mirrors, Grips, Sissy bar, Bags, Tools, Side Pouch, GPS, Radio/MP3

    24.4%
  2. Air Cleaner or Intake

    25.5%
  3. Carburetor – xXx, PSI or other

    11.1%
  4. Exhaust

    52.5%
  5. Filter – K&P, K&N or other

    16.1%
  6. Front End – Forks, Springer

    2.6%
  7. Gauges – Speedometer, Tach, Oil

    6.1%
  8. Hand/Foot controls, Extensions or Handlebars

    17.4%
  9. Lights – HID, Bulb, Flashers, LEDs, or Headlight shell

    10.0%
  10. Paint or Graphics

    6.3%
  11. Primary – Clutch, Open Primary or other

    8.7%
  12. Seat – Recovered, Reshaped, 2-up, Air/springs

    16.5%
  13. Throttle lock – Cruise-Mate or other

    10.4%
  14. Tires - Brand, Dyno Beads

    5.5%
  15. Top End – S&S, TP or other mods

    5.0%
  16. Wheels, brakes, pads

    4.4%
  17. Got rid of it!!!

    0.9%
  18. Electronics - Wire-Plus, ignition, coil/spark plug wires or other

    11.3%
  19. Chrome - Plating, Powdercoat, Ceramic

    6.7%
  20. Engine Mods - Cam, Top End or other

    14.6%
  21. Frame Mods - Air-ride, Raked or other

    1.3%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Raywood

    Raywood The Pirate
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    Ok, thought we might have some fun here and let all of you tell us what upgrade you've done to your Big Dog Motorcycle you think is the best option.
    Multiple choice is available.
    You can comment below if you want to prioritize your upgrades. If you think of something I didn't list then hold your vote and PM me and I'll add it to the list then you can vote on it.

    Here we go:

    Added Mirrors to the Accessories catagory
    Added Chome, Powdercoat & Ceramic
    Added Engine Mods
    Added Frame Mods - Air-ride, Raked
    Added to Seats - air/springs
     
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  2. Ratman

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    Comfort wise...the forward control extensions. Nuisance eliminating wise-replacing the speedo. It is fantastic to not have a speedometer fogging up!
     
  3. semi

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    How about adding chroming rims ect. That would be my favorite mod !
     
  4. Trainguy

    Trainguy Chromeoholic
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    And I won't have to change a thing
    Hi. My name is DJ and I'm a Chromeoholic.

    After years of owning harleys and never being satisfied with the way it came from the factory, add the chrome, add the fat tire, fatten up the motor, change the rake, etc. etc. etc:job:.

    There it was:eek:.

    When I walked into the showroom and saw the Black Mono K-9 w/chrome package I thought WOW look at that. 117ci, 6 speed Baker 300 avon tire and all that chrome I WON'T HAVE TO CHANGE A THING.........................
    Just upgrade to the VH exhaust and that's all it will need. Well that and the S&S intake but that's it, not going that route again. Just gunna put a oil cooler on it to protect the engine no wait two coolers and a ness gauge to monitor things but that's it no more this is nuts.
    So now that the 585 cam is in, i'm sitting on the ostrich seat stretchin' out to the 2.5" extension, hangin on to the XO grips & pegs lookin in the ness mirrors listing to the belt whine of the 4" karata I realize.

    I am an ADDICT.
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  5. Nomad2day

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    The best was a Wide Band Fuel Management system on the EFI bike and eliminating the EHC with a Thunderheart system. That on the electronic side.

    On the Motor side of things being a 656 lift cam, bump in the compression and John Sachs doing the head work.

    For looks the chrome rims did the job and extended controls. The cruise mate was up there too.

    I wish I had music...:2thumbs:
    I think I am going to try a set of throw over leather bags too on the rear for temp storage...
    Neil
     
  6. BorgerBigDog

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    Paint :up:
     
  7. lee

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    the PSI carb and losing the EHC has got to be up there for me
     
  8. Can-Dog1

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    Holy Crap! I checked almost everyone :confused:
     
  9. montana

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    My best mod was ripping all the Kalifornia emissions sh!t off the bike and changing the air intake. It made the bike come alive. Due to finances, a wife, and a tricked out Harley, I haven't done much more.
     
  10. TEXASDOG

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    I added a progressive air ride to my Mastiff and it has been the best improvement. I don't know how you hard tail guys can take that beating
     
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    pipes
     
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    Sellin my HD and gettin my Dog :2thumbs:
     
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    got a lot of mods but the best has got to be dumping the TH ignition and installing a dyna2KI.

    bike spins over like a top even in frigid weather.

    plus i still have the original ehc and none of the "dielectric grease and wrap every connector" crap!

    ride in shit weather and wash with simple green and a power washer.

    granted my (recalled) VR went and battery lived its life but none of that zombie electrical crap that you hear about. :loony:
     
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    BEST UPGRADE


    SOME OF YOU NUMBNUTS COULDNT PICK A GIRL OUT OF A LINEUP IN A WHORE HOUSE!
     
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    I think that he's referring to me with that one!

    "ZOMBIE" electrical crap!

    :2thumbs:

    But that's OK Marv, I just didn't like being a Zombie! :zzdisappointed:

    I didn't even want to be TheDeadOne, but it was chosen for me evidently! :nonod:

    :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

    dead :D:cheers:
     
  16. Moespeeds

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    Rewiring with a 12v system as it should be
    Raking the neck and installing a springer
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    All awesome mods that set your bike apart in a lineup.
     
  17. pig pen

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    Upgrades? Who does an upgrade on a BDM? A least that is what I told my wife at the time of purchace. Then again I had to have new paint, pegs, grips, exhaust, air cleaner, mirrors, tach, belt drive, mulitple seats, 1 off struts and sissy bar but that was for her:D, I think I'm done for now.:D
     
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    I must say the Air Ride has been great along with the CruiseMate... Performance wise.... The .600 cam complemented the G carb and exhaust very nicely.... and of course CHROME......
    Still workin on getting my seat to Seatmaker...
     
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    I chose the cruisemate and throttle lock for comfortable riding and the top end for performance - 'cause I used the replacement as my excuse to do all the other motor work at the same time... Gates intake, Taz carb, +comp, cam, larger valves, ported & polished, and 2-1 exhaust.

    ... but like others have said - when I bought my Dog, "it was perfect and didn't need a thing." :roll:
     
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    interesting how a couple have mentioned air ride and I have just taken mine off - gone to standard HD shocks and may go for the Ted Tines at some stage
     

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