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    WL barrels on an RL

    I was wondering if you could fit a set of WL barrels on an RL bottom end without too much trouble?

    Thanks
    Dave
    1938 WLDR
    1940 WL (Race Bike)
    1944 WL
    1976 FLH

    http://1944WL.webs.com

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    Re: WL barrels on an RL

    What year RL?

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    Re: WL barrels on an RL

    Didn’t have a year in mind, it was just a random question
    1938 WLDR
    1940 WL (Race Bike)
    1944 WL
    1976 FLH

    http://1944WL.webs.com

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    Re: WL barrels on an RL

    '36 used the same/similar top end as early WL

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    Re: WL barrels on an RL

    Quote Originally Posted by panic View Post
    Direct bolt on. Use the whole thing including the manifold back to 1932. The original 1932-35 exhaust may not align perfectly.
    Thanks for that. I thought they could be bolted onto a 36 but I wasn’t sure before that
    1938 WLDR
    1940 WL (Race Bike)
    1944 WL
    1976 FLH

    http://1944WL.webs.com

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    Re: WL barrels on an RL

    Dave, There are lots of hints in parts books as to crossover, numbers for gaskets, valve covers, tappet guides and tappets, pistons, etc, all can can give clues. Not definitive but a good source of info.
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    Re: WL barrels on an RL

    It was this that got me thinking about WL barrels on a RL

    1938 WLDR
    1940 WL (Race Bike)
    1944 WL
    1976 FLH

    http://1944WL.webs.com

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    Re: WL barrels on an RL

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveAus View Post
    It was this that got me thinking about WL barrels on a RL

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  9. Re: WL barrels on an RL

    Dave,
    That is a RH hillclimber. factory engine It is now in Australia in David Reide's Harley City Collection
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    Re: WL barrels on an RL

    Hi Eric,

    I seen it up close and it’s amazing. David said it sounds just as good as it looks.

    It’s one of my favourites in the collection, very very closely folowed by The Beast.

    Regards
    David
    1938 WLDR
    1940 WL (Race Bike)
    1944 WL
    1976 FLH

    http://1944WL.webs.com

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