Fork Drain Plug Location

Fork Drain Plug on Front?

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cverdon
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Fork Drain Plug Location

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I am restoring a 1956 FL. Many parts were chromed over the years or replaced with aftermarket, however some original parts did remain. I believe the left side fork is original as it has a part number stamped near the top, but the right leg has no visible part number and the drain plug is on the front of the fork (I did not notice this until after I repaired it and installed it on the bike).

Is the right fork supposed to have a drain plug on the front, or is this a left side lower that someone used as a right hand fork? Has anyone ever seen a right hand lower with a front drain plug on a hydra glide?

If this is wrong, I plan to drill the hole all the way through to the other side and tap with 1/8 NPT, then fill the front hole with weld with my MIG spool gun.
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Re: Fork Drain Plug Location

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Post by Raytag »

Early Shovel left side ?

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Re: Fork Drain Plug Location

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Be carefull with your drilling through that lower leg as there are often steel pieces hiding deep down in there....
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Re: Fork Drain Plug Location

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If the left leg has numbers cast in it then it is a '49 only left. The one on the right is indeed a '69-'72 left leg being used on the right.

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Re: Fork Drain Plug Location

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Post by RooDog »

Then why is the drain plug at the wrong location?

And be sure cverdon understands that casting/engineering numbers are not the same as part numbers....

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Re: Fork Drain Plug Location

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RooDog wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 7:31 pm
Then why is the drain plug at the wrong location?

And be sure cverdon understands that casting/engineering numbers are not the same as part numbers....
I edited my post, apparently too difficult for some to understand. When a '69 type leg is used on the right (no backing plate boss) the plug is reversed.

And '49 is the only year with a number on it, so whether it is a casting or a part# is moot. All other fork legs from '50-'77 are polished smooth, no casting numbers visible.

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Re: Fork Drain Plug Location

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Post by Buddhahoodvatoloco »

Highly desirable to boot. :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:
RUBONE wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 5:55 pm
If the left leg has numbers cast in it then it is a '49 only left. The one on the right is indeed a '69-'72 left leg being used on the right.

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Re: Fork Drain Plug Location

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So, you think this left side lower is from a 1949 pan?
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Post by panz4ever »

Most definitely....it is one year only.

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Re: Fork Drain Plug Location

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Post by pan620 »

Please do not drill that slider, sell it to me, or we could trade!

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Re: Fork Drain Plug Location

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Post by cverdon »

OK. I will trade this one 1949 left side lower for two correct and functional (i.e. not broken or rewelded) 1950-1957 hydraglide lowers that use a left side brake drum. I need the right and left side. Let me know if you have something to trade. No chrome, aluminum only.

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