S&S Cycle Hooligan Kit Installation Pictorial

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We recently had our Sportster Hooligan flat-track racing bike's engine freshened up with a Hooligan kit from S&S Cycle. The Hooligan kit is a bolt-on big-bore kit (increase 883cc engines to 1,200cc) with easy installation. No machining and no rebalancing are needed. S&S bolt-in cams and premium tappets are all part of the package.

We had T-Rod's Speed Shop in Anaheim, California, install the kit with his vast engine rebuilding expertise. He applied some of his trickery including a three-angle valve job. While we had the engine torn apart we also installed an S&S flywheel assembly for the ultimate in Sportster performance. We'll report back on how this bike performs after a proper break-in period. We are sure it's going to rip!!!

For more info on the Hooligan kit and all S&S Cycle products, visit HERE

For more info and to contact T-Rod's Speed shop, visit HERE

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Our Sportster Hooligan racebike needed some freshening up on the engine. It was an 883 picked up on the cheap a few years ago then a low-dollar 1,200 kit was installed shortly thereafter. After loads of miles on the street and plenty of full-throttle action on the track, it was getting a bit tired. So we went to S&S for some quality go fast V-twin engine parts and to T-Rod's Speed Shop in Anaheim, California, for the build.

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The S&S Hooligan kit ready to install. We decided on installing a new S&S flywheel assembly into the lower end as well since the stock assembly was not within manufacturer specs anymore.

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The S&S flywheel assembly.

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Cams are included in the Hooligan kit.

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The S&S Hooligan cylinder and piston.

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The engine out of frame, ready to be disassembled.

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The engine out of frame.

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The lower end split.

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Old cylinders and pistons.

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The new flywheel assembly installed on the bottom end and bolted into the frame.

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T-Rod installing the pinion gear.

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The new flywheel assembly installed on the bottom end and ready for the top end.

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Parts laid out and ready for installation.

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The cylinders and pistons installed.

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The top end and cams ready to be installed.

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Marking the valve seat for a 45-degree cut.

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T-Rod preparing the valve seats for a three-angle valve job.

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The valve seat cutter.

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The three-angle cut on the valves.

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T-Rod assembling the valve train.

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Measuring to ensure proper valve train function.

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T-Rod checking that the spring tension is proper.

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T-Rod assembling the valve train.

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The front head going on.

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The heads with the valve train installed.

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Getting there.

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Just about done.

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Our Hooligan racebike ready to rip…

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