When the guys at Darkhorse Crankworks (DHC) receive a lower end, they take the time to evaluate both the engine and crankcases on teardown. DHC understands it is essential to give its dealers and retail customers the proper information when doing bottom end work. With more than 90 percent of its work being done for dealers, DHC recognizes its relationship with the retail customer on the other side of the counter as well as knowing the importance of the information that needs to be relayed both ways to give that customer the rock-solid foundation he or she expects from DHC. Shop owners and service managers need that communication so they can deliver an engine project within budget—and one the customer expects. The goal is to deliver a lower end that exceeds the dealer’s expectations, so as to continue a partnership with them long term, and that is DHC’s number-one focus.
Pat Hoban, one of the three original Hoban brothers, began as a mechanic in a Harley-Davidson dealership in the 1970s and knows the importance of maintaining a customer base that, if treated right, will pay dividends for many decades. Pat, along with his brothers Tom and Mike, started Hoban Cycle in the summer of 1980 in a small shop behind their parents’ general store in Osman, Wisconsin. Tom Hoban, a journeyman machinist, performed crankshaft work for local dealers and customers in the early ’80s. And the rest, as they say, is history. Each project build is designed around the individual motor and customer, taking into account items like compression, cams, and riding style. DHC is not a production facility, as its employees take great pride in the individual builds for the end customers, and this focus makes customers happy.
In this build we are working with a ’99 FXDX Twin Cam “A” motor
DHC has developed a wide-ranging assortment of parts and services from its own proprietary component manufacturing and outsourcing from leaders in the industry. This allows DHC to specialize in remanufacturing of crankshafts and crankcases, while the customer can focus on head configurations, piston and cam profiles, and complete motor builds.
In this build we are working with a ’99 FXDX Twin Cam “A” motor, and we will be using a newly designed Dave Mackie Engineering 107-inch megasphere top end. Utilizing the DHC competition connecting rod upgrade, we will remanufacture, balance, and blueprint the crankshaft for the Mackie combination on the top end.