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Road King Stage 2 Kit Part 1 i

1. Here's the complete Yuill Bros. Stage 2 kit. In the upper left is the MasterTune TTS interface and software CD not including the interface cables. In the middle is the exhaust system with the heat shields on the header pipes. In the upper right is the air cleaner with new backing plate and filter. In the lower right are the gear driven cams with adjustable push rods and cover tubes.

What could a couple of retired NHRA Pro Stock drivers know about producing high-end performance products for Harley-Davidson motorcycles? A lot it seems. We installed Mark and Brad Yuill's Stage 2 kit on our 2007 Road King Custom and we can report up front that the kit combination delivers a solid, rideable experience that exceeded our expectations.

Our Stage 2 kit came with an Elite Billet Air Cleaner - Chrome Flame (MSRP $628.95), gear driven cams and installation kit (MSRP $339.95), Elite D Exhaust Set (MSRP $1,195.95), Mas-terTune TTS ECM reprogrammer (MSRP $425.00), and Yuill Bros Custom Map (MSPR $200). Parts and styles for your kit will vary based on your design choices and motorcycle.

Yuill Bros claims that they provide high-end looks, improved engine cooling, a deep sound, and increased horsepower and torque in the preferred low-mid rpm riding ranges. We'll explore those claims in two articles. Beginning this month with the basic parts installation and evaluation. Then next month we'll finish with tuning, performance, and ride.

The kit is a complete setup of high quality, well matched parts. Just about everything we needed was included - from gaskets to clamps. We went to Lucky Devil Metal Works where Brad Latham, the former crew chief on Mancu-so's Nitro Harley Racing Team, installed the gear driven cams and we installed the high flow air cleaner and true dual exhausts at our Houston shop.

After installing all the parts we repro-grammed the ECM with the Yuill Bros. supplied MasterTune TTS base calibration map designed specifically for our model bike and Stage 2 kit. Our map is one they originally developed and refined using the H-D Race Tuner and the first one converted to Master Tune TTS. Their maps, along with a growing number of other maps, are distributed through the MasterTune Software Update Program.

Because later model Twin Cam motors run hot, the Yuill Bros. engineered specific cooling features into their air cleaner body and exhaust. A large hole in the rear of the air cleaner body directs a blast of cool air onto the rear cylinder. Then a combination of the large step-up header pipes and in-the-muffler backpressure points pull hot exhaust gas away from the heads. On our first long test ride, we used the MasterTune Data Master program to record ride data. Our bike averaged a stable 230 degrees Fahrenheit which is several degrees cooler than it had been running.

The Elite D Exhaust System looks great on the bike and produces a hearty, strong sound at idle and steady throb at speed. We measure the sound at 116 dB at half throttle. The Yuill Bros website has video clips of the exhaust.

Next month, after we visit our Dallas based motorcycle tuner, we'll describe the MasterTune TTS tuning and post four performance horsepower/torque numbers: (1) stock, (2) Yuill base calibration file, (3) Yuill base after TTS VTune (a good illustration of what a "home tuner" could expect), and, (4) a custom master tune. HB

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2. To install the gear driven cams, we headed over to Lucky Devil Metal Works where Brad Latham was going to perform the install. Once secured to the lift, Brad removed the seat, disconnected the negative battery cable, gas tank, air cleaner, right floorboard, front exhaust, and both spark plugs (so we can easily turn the engine with the rear wheel).

5. Next, Brad removed the retaining bolt from the crankshaft sprocket and the rear camshaft sprocket and slid them off. He set aside the retaining ring and washer on the front cam shaft to be used on the new front cam.

3. Brad cut out the old pushrods with bolt cutters. If you plan to reuse your push rods, you'll have to remove the rocker boxes and take them out thru the top of the motor. Fortunately, Yuill Bros. included a new set of adjustable push rods.

6. Brad removed the lifter covers followed by the lifters and then removed the cam support plate. The oil pump retaining bolts were loosened to permit correct oil pump rotor alignment when the cam support plate was reinstalled.

4. With the cam cover removed, Brad put the transmission into fifth gear, so he could rotate the rear wheel until the cam timing marks were aligned. Then he inserted a pin (Brad fashioned one from a welding rod) into the hydraulic chain adjuster to hold in the internal spring, piston, and shoe.

7- Brad inserted another pin into the inner hydraulic chain adjuster then removed it. Since the geared cams don't use chain lubricators, the installation kit includes two oil port [yellow arrow] covers, which Brad installed.

8. Brad pressed the drive gears onto each camshaft with the drive keys in place making sure that correct gear was pressed onto its corresponding camshaft (front to front, etc.) and that they were oriented per the instructions (gear shoulders facing the cam support plate).

9. Here is a comparison of the stock chain driven cams (left) with the new Yuill Bros. gear driven cams (right). Note the differences in the rise and width of the cam lobes.

10. Brad aligned the timing marks on the cam gears and inserted the cams into the cam support plate. Here Brad checked for backlash in the cam gears. The cams should roll freely with no binding. However, some backlash must be present. Too little and the gears may bind, too much and the gears will be noisy. Ours were in the recommended range.


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