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    Need help to identify WLA/BT leg shields

    I've these two leg shields, but can't tell what type they are.
    Seems to be 45", but they are different as the ones I know.

    For example the reinforcement rib is not all the way around but is only added around the top side.
    Furthermore the mounting holes on the inside with the reinforced plates are round and not oval, and the reinforcement plate seems odd.
    I had to remove the reinforcement plates to repair the known cracks.

    Any help appreciated, thanks JR.Unknown leg shields_003.jpgUnknown leg shields_002.jpgUnknown leg shields_001.jpg

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    Re: Need help to identify WLA/BT leg shields

    Your link doesn't work.
    The WLA had clearance cut out for the carburetor on the left side. OHV was on the right.
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    Re: Need help to identify WLA/BT leg shields

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Haynes View Post
    Your link doesn't work.
    The WLA had clearance cut out for the carburetor on the left side. OHV was on the right.
    Hi Chris, thanks for the feedback.
    The link works on my side when I'm logged in, so not sure why it is not working on your side.

    These leg shields have the cut out on the left side leg shield so I guess WLA, but they have an unfamiliar reinforcement rib (only on the top sides) and reinforced plates with round holes.
    I remember that the late 1947-59 leg shields had the reinforcement rib only on the top side, but I'm not sure. I'm sure that late WLA types (52?) had no reinforcement rib at all.

    Thanks, JR

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    Your link works today. ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Haynes View Post
    Your link works today. ;-)
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    Re: Need help to identify WLA/BT leg shields

    Chris, BT has clearance on left as well, Sidevalve Big twins used the same as OHV shields.

    The easy way to tell is the mounting hole area, BT plate/holes are roughly parallel to the bottom edge of the shield, 45 are at a pronounced diagonal. The ribs vary from 45 to BT as well. There are other odd 45 shields as well, including these..
    Not familiar with the ones posted in the original question, but some seem to be made by outside sources.




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    Re: Need help to identify WLA/BT leg shields

    These are Big Twin, note there is no cutout for an air cleaner on the right as the shield sits outboard of the air filter housing.



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    Re: Need help to identify WLA/BT leg shields

    Quote Originally Posted by Rubone View Post
    Chris, BT has clearance on left as well, Sidevalve Big twins used the same as OHV shields.

    The easy way to tell is the mounting hole area, BT plate/holes are roughly parallel to the bottom edge of the shield, 45 are at a pronounced diagonal. The ribs vary from 45 to BT as well. There are other odd 45 shields as well, including these..
    Not familiar with the ones posted in the original question, but some seem to be made by outside sources.




    Hi Rubone, so this means they are 45 (mounting hole area pronounced diagonal), but possible made by an outside/unknown source.
    Thanks, JR

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