1956 panhead

Discussion in 'Classic Models' started by Lejusti, Jul 5, 2009.

  1. Lejusti

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    Just picked up a panhead just curious what kind of plugs and oil do you guys use?

    motor recently rebuilt just wonder what everyones running or what good

    thx
     
  2. C. Dolan

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    Have been using synthetic oil, mostly Castrol 10 - 50 wt ( I think ) especially on the older bikes.

    My '48 Pan, '46 Knuckle, and various HD's from 1914 to 1931 seem to like it.

    Have even noticed a couple of cases where the bike seemed to pick up a bit more power, the longer they were run.

    Synthetic also burns cleaner, cutting down on plug fouling and smoke from the older bikes.

    The most recent example was a 1929 Harley 350 cc single, ran yesterday.

    It went from clouds of smoke to barely any smoke since draining the crankcase and putting a quart of synthetic in the oil tank, which was also drained.

    Picture, below, of bike going up Palomar Mountain yesterday.

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  3. Lejusti

    Lejusti Member

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    That looks pretty cool, thanks for the info!

    hey dolan - what kind of gas you run in those old things?
     
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  4. dhorne

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    I use 50w in mine seems to like it , royal purple gear oil for the tranny seems to be the way to go , I also installed a check valve below the oil tank and there is no more big puddles underneath
     
  5. Drumrguy

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    I would run a synthetic 50 wt. for oil.