Primary And Cam Covers For The Harley Ironhead Sportster

Ironheadribsters-primary-coverAlthough the XL Ironhead engine has some well known issues and will need some TLC on a regular basis, it is still a popular engine used by many pro, garage and garden shed builders. For models years 71 to 77, EMD conceived a die cast aluminum primary cover with CNC-milled gasket surfaces, with the same OEM dimensions and tolerances. Available for 71-77 and 77-90 Ironhead in raw, semi polished, black or contrast cut finishes. $665.00 (gasket, gear selector seals not included) .

Ironheadcam-cover-sportsterAlso available, a matching cast aluminum ‘second skin’ cam cover fitting over the OEM one. It can be notched at the upper front to make room for your OEM breather. You can also opt to relocate the breather to a lower position, especially if you’re cutting the OEM cam cover up to visually ‘split’ the motor from the transmission. Also available in raw, semi polished, black or contrast cut finishes. $163.00.Hheld in place with 3 supplied Allen bolts and spacers. At EMD USA.

7 Responses to “Primary And Cam Covers For The Harley Ironhead Sportster”

  1. 1 Ray Mansfield Jan 23rd, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Not many parts available anymore to customize an Ironhead. So these ones are good news.

  2. 2 RokDoctor Jan 23rd, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Lookin good.

    I’ve had my ironhead for about 8 years now. I wouldn’t say it needs “more TLC on a regular basis” than my shovel or panheads do. It’s just old american iron that takes a little maintenance now and then.

    If it was easy, everyone would have one, and then it wouldn’t be cool…

  3. 3 Kyle Jan 24th, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Nothing beats the XL Ironhead. The issues it has aren’t that bad, really.

  4. 4 mike switzer Jan 24th, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Had a finned primary on my 1979 superglide came from Arlen Ness San Laredo shop. Ordered it and it took 9 months to get Ran into Arlen at a gas station in Spearfish in 1990 ( he was on the red dual supercharged bike) he said that he hadn’t seen one of the covers for years, told him about the problem getting it he said that the crew was a little loose

  5. 5 nicker Jan 27th, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Nice looking stuff…..
    There was a time when you could get cast,finned primary covers for pan heads….


  6. 6 duly mitchell Apr 12th, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    is the emd cam cover still available for a 79 iron head?

  7. 7 nico Apr 13th, 2016 at 2:14 am
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