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My buddy Howard just traded his 96 Boss for a 99 Boss. He said it was a night and day difference in the power. His 96 was a 350 iron head and the 99 is the alumn. head. I didn't think it would be such a big deal to the two bikes.

He did say his 96 handled better with the car tire than the 99 does with the Avon, go figure. He said on the 99 with the Avon he is feeling all the bumps and drags his pipes a lot quicker than the 96 with the car tire. This is a guy that was scared to death to ride on a car tire. Looks like he may be going back to it. :?

Anyway he's happy with the single speed auto and hopes he'll get better than 10 mpg as he did on the 96. :cry:


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Ironhead Power, or lack of the same.

I have a '97 Boss with an ironhead motor that I bought from Ebay last summer. I subsequently learned that this and other bikes assembled by Atlanta Boss Hoss used 210 HP Mr. Goodwrench motors instead of the ZZ4. I have a 383 stroker motor on order that should be delivered in about 2 weeks. Should be a new bike after the "heart transplant."
 

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Jim Caldwell said:
I have a '97 Boss with an ironhead motor that I bought from Ebay last summer. I subsequently learned that this and other bikes assembled by Atlanta Boss Hoss used 210 HP Mr. Goodwrench motors instead of the ZZ4. I have a 383 stroker motor on order that should be delivered in about 2 weeks. Should be a new bike after the "heart transplant."
What will the stroker motor give you power wise? What was the cost?
 

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Lamont,

Tell Howard I said hello. I've never noticed much difference between the clutch bikes and '98/'99 single speeds 'cept for the clutch being less than fun with the absence of multiple gears.

I've ridden so many different car tires already that it numbers in the dozens. I've yet to find one that has favorable ride characteristics over the m/c tire. Yeah, better traction, better look, better compound for the track, but never a better or more comfortable ride. Especially in your neck of the woods. Hmmm?

Unless someone gets a steal on a '99 or older, I would have trouble justifying it personally. Buddy Clemmons down here (the eBay dealer), just bought and subsequently sold his appx. 20th Boss. You can now buy pristine 2001 bikes for slightly over $20k. The latest was a Mountain smallblock with an awesome paint job and TONS of extra goodies for $21k. It had higher mileage than usual (19k) but no big deal. Some of the folks buying single speeds and clutch bikes for a few thousand dollars less should possibly consider antying up a few more bucks and not having to ask for help in uphill parking lots when needing to back up.

Not trying to pee on anyone's Corn Flakes with the above, just my personal read on buying some of the older models and my opinion of m/c vs. car tires on the Boss. You better than many will know as you've recently been able to compare both with the tranny and the tire. Regards...

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Stroker Cost

Lamont, I went with the stroker built by SpeedMotive in Los Angeles.
Here's a link.
http://www.speedomotive.com/chevy_383_street.htm

The cost as-is is $3,075 + $40 (deposit) on the shipping container and $50 for air freight. That motor is supposed to have about 430 lb/ft of torque and similar HP. I went "down" one level on the comp cam extreme energy cam to lower the effective torque range, so my totals may be somewhat lower. I also added the forged I-beam rods, internal balance on the front of the engine and a "stealth" dynamic balance plate on the rear that fits behind the flywheel. These bumped the cost up to $3,345 (shipping is free to the nearest air-freight airport.)

Talk to Rich, Sr. if you call them, he was extremely helpful since I don't know a lot about these things and a real nice guy
 

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Jim Caldwell said:
Lamont, I went with the stroker built by SpeedMotive in Los Angeles.
Here's a link.
http://www.speedomotive.com/chevy_383_street.htm

The cost as-is is $3,075 + $40 (deposit) on the shipping container and $50 for air freight. That motor is supposed to have about 430 lb/ft of torque and similar HP. I went "down" one level on the comp cam extreme energy cam to lower the effective torque range, so my totals may be somewhat lower. I also added the forged I-beam rods, internal balance on the front of the engine and a "stealth" dynamic balance plate on the rear that fits behind the flywheel. These bumped the cost up to $3,345 (shipping is free to the nearest air-freight airport.)

Talk to Rich, Sr. if you call them, he was extremely helpful since I don't know a lot about these things and a real nice guy
Thanks for the info. Let us know after you have some miles on her to see how it's working out. The price is right. I'm going to check it out now. Thanks
 
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