Darkhorse Crankworks
Darkhorse Crankworks

Darkhorse Crankworks     |     10629 Highway 42     |     Newton, Wisconsin 53063     |     (920) 726-9999

Crankcase - Modifications

Darkhorse Crankworks is the "go to" facility for the high performance engine builders and Harley-Davidson dealer network in crankcase upgrades and repair.  Our primary goal is to engineer crankcase upgrades to combat the motor company cost reduction directives.

Shortly after the double flat-roller bearing motors were released in 2003, we started getting requests from performance shops to design a system that would support the ever growing displacement and horsepower outputs from the new engine design.  Our unique Timken bearing upgrade system is a cut above the competitions with our procedure to retain the right side bearing along with verifying main bearing bore alignment of < .001” in 1 placement in our CNC mills.

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Cam Bearing Repairs

With the sheer numbers of higher mileage motors in today’s market, we developed processes to repair cam bearing, cam follower and main bearing bores along with the true solution to cam support plate bushing fitment or replacement.

At Darkhorse Crankworks, we focus on cases and cranks so you don't have to.  Let us take care of the foundation to your build so you can concentrate on all the upper end details.  If your looking for a trusted source for top-end work, we invite you to search our dealer network in your area. These professionals are your local source for our product and much more!

Always refer to a factory service manual if in doubt on assembly procedures. 

Timken Bearing Upgrades

If there are any questions or concerns regarding one of our Timken® bearing conversion cases in late model Twin Cam applications, please refer to Harley Davidson ®1999' or 2000' FLT Service and parts manual for FLHT, FLT and FLHR models, 99' or 00' Dyna Service and parts manual for any Dyna series and 2000' Service or parts manual only for Softail series bikes. We install races and pre-set Timken® bearing end-play between .001” - .003. You must check this measurement upon final installation into case and make sure they are within factory specs of .001” - .005”. This is very critical to the longevity of your motor and related parts.

Darkhorse Crankworks will supply the corresponding correct sprocket shaft spacer, unless notified at time of shipping. DO NOT interchange INA® bearing sprocket shaft spacers for Timken® style bearing spacer. This will cause damage to primary components and may cause injury or death.

Case Boring

We bore cases according to cylinder manufacturers tolerances. These vary and we have specific processes for each manufacturer. We may choose to position center case bolt as a through bolt versus a tapped blind hole for added structural integrity.  You may receive top center case bolt with cases that must be used which is integrated to that specific bore and case. The positioning of this bolt is critical and must align with case opening so it does not distort cylinders upon installation. Weeping at center case bolt may occur if not sealed properly. We recommend a semi-drying liquid gasket and a clean surface behind the sealing washers of case bolt supplied to deter any weeping from occurring on either side.

Crankshaft Installation

Our crankshafts will install as any stock flywheel per the manufacturer's recommendations. We hold strict tolerances according to or exceeding manufacturer's recommendations and ask that you do the same.

When we line bore cases, we ask you to utilize your pinion shaft bearing race and we will supply pinion bearing that must be used for proper fitment. Your pinion shaft bearing race MUST be used for proper fitment. We will not be responsible for improper fitment if our machinists are unable to measure your pinion race. When pinion races do not meet our specs, have the pinion replacement serviced and tolerance checked and proper bearings fitted.

We give you a straight forward solution to long term reliability in a no-nonsense approach to solving foundational issues in lower end engine failures.

Exceed Harley Davidson Specifications

At Darkhorse Crankworks, we blueprint all crankcase and crankshaft work to meet or exceed Harley Davidson specifications. We take every major build back to the basics of a blueprint, verifying case bore alignments and crankshaft run-outs. Pat Hoban’s directive from day one in his engine assembly shop has been paying attention to details. Coupled with Tom Hoban’s master machinist capabilities, there are no shortcuts taken in blueprinting and assembling the foundation to many of the highest output Harley-Davidson engines throughout the world!

All work must be accompanied with a Remanufacture Work Order form. Work order forms may be downloaded from this website and copied for EACH job order. No dealer discounts are given without Dealer application being approved and on file upon completion of work. Our procedures do not include parts cost. We work on brand new to very old crankshafts and cases. It is impossible for us to have set flat rates for our procedures. Contact us if you need a quote.

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