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Anyone know why aftermarket motorcycle engines and trannys are so expensive? I have a hard time understanding why some aftermarket engines are so costly 4-6-7-8 K! Ya just wonder what makes such a little package so expensive. And transmissions you see ranging from 1500-2800 k. Is it because they are not produced on such a large scale? Or mainly it's just because the market is limited and they charge what they charge because they can?

For those that know I'm an ambulance mechanic full time. I buy reman Ford E40Ds and 4R100 trannys from Jasper for about 2100 bucks. The transmissions are 10 times the size, have 10 times the parts yet are just as expensive as a lil' motorcycle tranny from HD or Baker.

On the engine side, a reman Ford Powerstroke 7.3 running complete engine goes for around 6k. It's 4 or 5 times the size has many more expensive components than a S&S or HD engine, yet these bike engines cost just as much.

I just don't get it. Just like I don't get why alot of people in the industry call motorcycle engines "motors". A "motor" is something that draws energy, like a vacuum or washing machine. An "engine" is something that produces energy by the process of internal combustion through a fuel source.

Oh well, titt for tat I guess. Just thought I'd ask. It's raining, getting cold and can't ride today.:yawn:
 

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HDWRENCH said:
Well not sure that I am 100% on this but I would think some of the pricing is based on demand , volume, and where it was built I can get 6 Speed kits for 799 or 2199 all depends on where and who built it. Buying a 6 speed that was made over sea's is less than buying a jims or Baker trans. How many E4OD' trans that are out there?? No compare that too the amount of hd that want a new 6 speed trans or a complete new engine?? I could be way off on this.
What 6 speed gearset can I get for under a grand that is dependable? I just put the 3.37 gearing in my 04' Ultra as well if that helps for a recommendation on gearset ratios.

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SYCLONE said:
On another note...how are you feeling ? Any improvement??
I love it. First time I hit the interstate with the bike running about 75mph I snapped back the throttle and was up to 90 or 95 in a freakin flash but turning about 4 grand. Not that I'm gonna ride that fast all the time on the interstate. But I'd like to cruise when feasable around 80-85 on long trips and not have the engine workin so hard on a 4-5k trip. I don't remember what the RPM is, but there is a post here somewhere of what the RPM is when running the 3.37 gearing and the SE OD gearset cruising about 80mph. As I recall it's around 3100 or 3200. Maybe someone can clarify it for me. If I do go with a 6speed it will be the SE OD. The Baker is too much and it seems quite a few people are happy with the SE OD anyway.

I guess I need to weigh the expense though. I'll do at least one 5k trip this year if not two. And should I decide to, I know I can get the SE 6 speed OD for around 1600 at Zanottis. I've already spent too much on the damnn thing since I've had it. I should have never taught the wife about all the different parts of the bike and what they do. She notices everything new I put on it now, right down to a Hot Topper. I can guarantee she could pick out the 6 speed script on the trap door and probably pick out the rpm difference between mine and her Deluxe riding down the road. Boy, I'd be in some deep shitt if I tried to slip a 1600 dollar 6 speed in under the radar.

We'll see.
 
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