S&S CY­CLE M-8 HOP-UP

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The found­ing of S&S Cy­cle goes back to 1958 in Blue Is­land, Illi­nois. Ge­orge J. Smith started the com­pany out of his base­ment, and the rest, as they say, is his­tory. If you are in the mo­tor­cy­cle in­dus­try, you have no doubt of the high stan­dards and ded­i­ca­tion to qual­ity of S&S Cy­cle’s per­for­mance parts. This is why we chose to in­stall three ma­jor per­for­mance up­grades on a new Har­ley-david­son Road Glide equipped with the stock Mil­wau­kee-eight en­gine. We slapped a chain-driven 465C cam, a Mini Teardrop air cleaner, and a Sidewinder 2-into-1 ex­haust sys­tem on our M-8, and got some happy gains in the horse­power and torque de­part­ments. We went from 77.34 hp and 101.46 foot-pounds of torque to 93.26 hp and 112.44 foot-pounds of torque. For the cam, ex­haust, and air cleaner, our wal­let light­ened by about $1,420.

S&S CY­CLE 465C CHAIN-DRIVE CAMSHAFT KIT FOR 2017–’18 M-8 TOUR­ING MOD­ELS

The 465C kit comes in at an MSRP of $189.95, and in­cludes the cam it­self along with all nec­es­sary O-rings in the cam chest, as well as a new cam bear­ing and cam chest cover gas­ket. The 465C is com­pat­i­ble with all stock valve-train com­po­nents. To make the job even eas­ier for our­selves, we used a set of S&S Quic­kee ad­justable pushrods so we wouldn’t have to pull the rocker boxes apart. The Quic­kee ad­justable pushrod kit cost us an ad­di­tional $224.95.

S&S CY­CLE 2-INTO-1 EX­HAUST

When go­ing with an ex­haust sys­tem, a full sys­tem is much more ben­e­fi­cial to your per­for­mance in­crease than go­ing with a slip-on muf­fler op­tion. This is why we went with the Sidewinder by S&S. It is a black 2-into-1 sys­tem with a ma­chine-cut end cap that pairs well with the black-and-chrome Road Glide. The Sidewinder will cost you $929.99 from S&S and is avail­able in black or chrome. The fin­ish is a high-tem­per­a­ture ce­ramic black coat­ing, and the end cap is ma­chined from alu­minum. The ex­haust also comes with a re­mov­able deci­bel re­ducer to lower the noise if de­sired.

S&S GLOSS BLACK MINI TEARDROP STEALTH AIR-CLEANER KIT

The Mini Teardrop Stealth air cleaner comes with all nec­es­sary O-rings, gas­kets, and hard­ware needed for the in­stall, and costs $299.95. This air cleaner is CARB com­pli­ant for all you Cal­i­for­nia res­i­dents out there. The in­stal­la­tion is a breeze, and the gloss-black cover pairs well with the paintand-chrome con­trast of the mo­tor. The teardrop de­sign has been around for a long time and has nos­tal­gia writ­ten all over it. The Mini Teardrop is avail­able in chrome or black for the 2017–2018 Mil­wau­kee-eight en­gines.

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