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The Garage is where we work on a wide range of tech tips including articles on tools and performance.

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Bikernet Tech: Terry the Tramp Installs BDL/GMA Softail Forward Controls

Plus the BDL D-shaft to Spline Shaft Conversion, bonus tech

By Terry the Tramp, Bandit, Wrench, John, D. , Bob Clark, and Scott
This is a straight forward Bikernet tech with just a few twists and turns, girls, quirks and sidebars. You would think forward control installation a breeze, and in this case it was, but not always.
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The Humble One Returns

With a Dyna Glide Project

By Johnny Humble
I think it looks great the way it is, but am slowly adding chrome details as I can scratch up the money. The biggest purchase so far was the wheel exchange and the Le Pera seat.
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Video Tech — Motorcycle Saddlebag Latch Cover Installation
By Patrick Garvin
  Add style to your stock saddlebag with a new latch cover from J&P Cycles. Replacing the stock latch cover is a relatively quick and simple install that only requires a couple of tools. In this video, Patrick walks you through the correct way to install your new latch covers. Tools needed: t10 torx t15 torx Find these saddlebag latch covers and more at

Step-by-step installation of THUNDER MAX

On Steve's 103-inch 2004 Electra Glide.

Text and Photos by Steve Bauman, Bikernet Tech Intern
Recently I read great things about the Thunder Max with auto tune and that it worked with O2 sensors and I thought that somebody in the industry had finally woke-up and designed something that would work at sea level or Pikes Peak.
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COOL-MASTER Even More Powerful than the Original LOVE JUGS with a smaller Profile and Sleek Design

Text and Photos by Rogue, Senior Tech Editor
LOVE JUGS have been on the market for some time and there have been numerous good articles on them. Their goal is to reduce the operating temperature of all Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Their durable fan bodies are manufactured from aircraft quality stainless steel.
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Angry White Roy’s Shovelhead

Rebuilt for the Long Road by the Devil

By Bandit with photos by the Devil and his elf Holly
The Devil sent me these shots of this super clean Paughco framed chopper, a classic example. It also contains a BDL primary system mated to a Baker 6-in-a-4-speed transmission with a tapered main-shaft, connected to a 93-inch S&S saved Shovelhead engine. I was intrigued.
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2014 Indian Chief Classic Build, Part 4

Paint, And a Barnett Clutch for the Ride to the Smoke Out

By Bandit with photos by the crew at American Biker
We are less than a month from Riding from Charleston, SC to the dreaded Myrtle Beach with a military escort just to party at Suck Bang and Blow, then it’s off to SmokeOut 16 in RockingChair, NC for three days of solid party action.
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Improved Braking Systems for the Custom Market

By the Wizard of Custom and Bandit with photos by Markus Cuff and the BDL team
Belt Drives Ltd. is just about synonymous with belt drives themselves and it’s been that way ever since Steve Yetzke opened the doors and incorporated the name back in 1990. The company is now one of the largest suppliers of primary and final drive belts in the aftermarket. And now they have GMA and JAMAR so they are seriously in the braking industry.
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