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#715081 - 11/14/17 6:27 pm BSA A65 Big port valves  
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Hello to everyone,
Finishing actually the restoration of my BSA lightning, I'm waiting for the delivery of my head that had the following
modifications :

- Inlet port to 32 mm with 43.5 inlet valves

I have twin AMAL carbs 389 1' 1/8 (Main jet 220 / Throttle : 3 1/2 / Pilot jet : 106)

My questions :

Do I need to rebore my carbs to 32 mm to maximise the performance of my engine ?

Thanks

Pete

#715091 - 11/14/17 7:37 pm Re: BSA A65 Big port valves [Re: pete]  
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maximise the performance of my engine


What are you going to do with this engine? Are you looking for top speed, maximum acceleration, or a good all around motorcycle?


#715165 - 11/15/17 5:36 am Re: BSA A65 Big port valves [Re: John Healy]  
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=> => => "a good all around mtorcycle".

#715234 - 11/15/17 5:53 pm Re: BSA A65 Big port valves [Re: NickL]  
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Thanks Nick for your reply.
What settings do you recommend => Throttle cutaway, main jet, pilot jet ??

#717545 - 12/03/17 8:58 am Re: BSA A65 Big port valves [Re: pete]  
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Not sure what Nick has posted as it wasn’t on the thread,

For a good all round bike the standard head is fine, however the earlier 68-466 head is quite tractable (it has a 1,1/8” port tapering to 1,1/16, about 1/4” in is the taper) these work well with the change from 38mm valve to 40mm and I have 32mm carbs mounted to mine, although they do pull very well with 28mm and for standard road use will be more tractable still.

In comparison the bigger port head will seem flatter at certain points in the Rev range and will work well... but only within a smaller RPM window, the smaller port head will pull much stronger over a bigger window. Cam will make a difference also.


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#717562 - 12/03/17 2:35 pm Re: BSA A65 Big port valves [Re: pete]  
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the carbs should always be bigger than the port or at least the same size,


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#717620 - 12/04/17 12:46 am Re: BSA A65 Big port valves [Re: pete]  
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Thunrbolts have 1,1/8” ports (28.5mm) yet they still match them with 28mm carbs, so half an inch is neither here nor there,


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#717781 - 12/05/17 2:36 pm Re: BSA A65 Big port valves [Re: pete]  
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That wasn't a serious answer was it Allan , thunderbolts are single carb with a Y adapter which goes a lot smaller , having a smaller carb than the port drops the gas velocity


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#717816 - 12/05/17 6:42 pm Re: BSA A65 Big port valves [Re: pete]  
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Khm, smaller ports give higher gas velocity, but less volume.


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