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    Sleeve source? - '34 VLD

    A friend is looking for cylinder sleeves for a 1934 VLD. The local shop has a set that are about 1/8" short and we're not sure if this would matter. The machine shop owner said to shop around and see if we can come up with any sleeves that would be more appropriate. He suggested L.A. Sleeve but they have a 4-6 week turnaround and with the short Wisconsin summer, we'd like to get this on the road asap.

    Does anybody have another source?

    (Would the 1/8" short sleeve cause any problems?)

    Thanks for your replies.

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    Re: Sleeve source? - '34 VLD

    What is current bore on your cylinders ?
    There is a set on ebay now, one needs some work but can be saved.

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    Re: Sleeve source? - '34 VLD

    Thanks for the ebay lead, I'll have him check it out.

    It's at 3.5” right now with 0.80” over pistons; The standard bore is 3.42”.

    I need at least 7 3/32” long (Seems like 7 ½ is offered) by 3.422” standard bore ID with either 1/16” or 3/32 wall thickness. I think 1/16” is really what I’d need.

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    Re: Sleeve source? - '34 VLD

    I have found 3/32" wall is a better sleeve to use. It's easier to press in the cylinder without cracking/chipping & you have more meat for over boring. I have found sleeved cylinders run just as cool as a normal cylinder, sometimes better!

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    Re: Sleeve source? - '34 VLD

    Quote Originally Posted by Doc37W View Post
    I have found 3/32" wall is a better sleeve to use. It's easier to press in the cylinder without cracking/chipping & you have more meat for over boring. I have found sleeved cylinders run just as cool as a normal cylinder, sometimes better!

    Thanks Doc! I appreciate your input!

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    Re: Sleeve source? - '34 VLD

    Bump this thread, I need a sleeve also, anyone know who makes them? I heard you can use a tractor sleeve but which one?

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    Re: Sleeve source? - '34 VLD

    I sent my panhead cylinders out to B&B in Metairie,LA.They went over the top for me and did a great job.They use LA sleeves,I had them back in 3 weeks but that was in the winter.

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    Re: Sleeve source? - '34 VLD

    You cannot do better than Billy at B&B and LA Sleeve. My '48 Chief was sleeved ~20-30 years ago with sleeves from LA Sleeve and is still doing great. If I sleeve my '56 KHK Harley, I'll use LA Sleeves.
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