If you are looking for a low-cost way to get something extra from your stock bagger, we have found one option that can do the trick. We have a stock -- and we mean a bone stock -- Road King on hand, and you know what they say about stock. So, we were looking for a low-cost way to get that little extra something, and we came across Wally Kerstetteer in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, who reworks stock Harley-Davidson CV carburetors for better throttle response and to eliminate carb burping on heavy acceleration.
Kerstetteer cleans and polishes all the moving parts of the carb, then drills all the air holes in the slide to be bigger. He also raises the float, bevels and reshapes the slide to lighten it up, as well as re-jets and adjusts the spring tension. For just over $100, he has all this and more done to the carb and shipped back in just over a week. When you get it back, you will think it is a new carb.
Then, to get all that we could from this bike, we heard that Joker Machine now makes exhaust systems for big twins. It has a set called Big Mouth Mufflers that on the average will give a 6-8hp gain from just slipping them on. We decided to stop by and ask if they would help us out of this stock bike rut we were in. Brian Truesdale, Joker Machine's R&D; guy, was glad to show us how well the mufflers work, so wasting no time, we got to work.