Harley-Davidson’s Milwaukee-Eight is a solid engine and with the right upgrades you can build a Beast.
Just for fun I asked the crew here at Rollie’s what they would do to upgrade a Milwaukee-Eight. I got too many suggestions to cover all of them so this article will focus on the “Must Have” items, the “Power” items, some “Hidden Gem” items & a couple of “Safety” Items.
There’s no perfect setup for any bike because everybody is different. I’m not saying this is the one way to upgrade your M8, you have a lot of options and you need to do it to suit your height, weight and riding style.
This article is here to show you some options… Options that the crew here at Rollie’s highly recommend. I hope this helps spark your imagination and motivates you to build your dream setup.
Have a browse through our list below and you can click on the buttons or images for more info on any particular part that catches your interest. If you have any questions you can always call us on 07-3252-5381 for a chat to make sure you’re looking at the right parts for your bike’s model and year.
Must Have Items For Your Milwaukee-Eight
Vented Dipstick by Feuling Parts
Feuling’s vented dipstick removes unwanted build-up of blow by, which is found in engines with excessive leakdown through the rings/cylinders. This is a common issue with large displacement big bore engines.
Test results show a decrease in engine sump oil levels.
The Feuling dipstick also vents excessive pressure from the oil tank through a breather system consisting of a filter element and umbrella valve. this helps your engine breathe and allows you to access more power to your wheels.
A quick and simple “Must Have” upgrade for M8 owners.
Hydraulic Slave Cylinder by Rekluse
Another easy bolt-on upgrade is the Hydraulic Slave Cylinder made by Rekluse Clutch rEvolution.
This unit can reduce the clutch lever pull by 30% on Milwaukee-Eight models.
You can reduce the lever pull even further if you replace the stock clutch with a Rekluse TorqDrive Clutch.
The end result is smoother gear changes and less fatigue on your clutch hand. that can be a big bonus on long trips & short shitty city traffic rides.
I see this as a “Must Have” because I can’t see any reason why you wouldn’t want the benefits of a smoother, easier ride.
Power Items For Your Milwaukee-Eight
Big Bore Kits by S&S Cycle
An obvious Power upgrade for the Milwaukee-Eight…
You can take your 107ci up to 124ci or grow your 114ci to 128ci.
This will give you a noticeable increase in Torque and Horsepower. These kits recently had a price drop due to improved exchange rates so now is a great time to pick up one of these for your ride.
475C Chain Drive Camshaft made by S&S Cycle
The 475C Chain Drive Camshaft is a true 100+HP Bolt in Cam for 2017up Milwaukee-Eight Harley-Davidson models.
It’ll give you a balanced boost in high-end Horsepower and almost instant Torque for that quick take off from the lights.
We’ve fitted these on a lot of bikes here at Rollie’s. Click on the button below for more info about the 475C and take a look at the Dyno Charts…
Hidden Gems For Your Milwaukee-Eight
Forged Roller Rocker Arms by S&S
This is in the “Hidden Gems” section because it’s a part you don’t see and most people don’t think to upgrade these.
If you’re running a standard engine then these may be overkill but if you have modified your engine then these are an important link in your valvetrain (should be in the “Must Have” section).
If you have Cams with .550″ or greater lift then you need these!
There’s a lot of info on the benefits of the S&S Roller Rockers, click the button for more details
Super Cush Drive by Alloy Art
This funny looking green thing is the highest quality dampener available to replace your OEM dampener.
The Super Cush is made from proprietary material that has been developed & tested in the lab and on the street.
These have been around for years and proven to be as tough as they promise. They will not deteriorate or compress like the OE dampener.
Frame Stabilizer by Alloy Art
The Milwaukee-Eight is a great engine but it does have some annoying wobble issues when you’re pushing it hard.
The awesome team at Alloy Art have come up with a simple and very stylish solution that’s easy to install on your Milwaukee-Eight 2017up Touring Bike.
This is a top quality unit made of CNC machined aluminium and stainless steel to strengthen your frame. A simple add-on that prevents frame flex, frame wobble and controls motor oscillation.
If you’re experiencing any of these issues then this is the solution you’ve been looking for.
Safety Parts For Your Milwaukee-Eight
Super Bright LED Headlight & Passing Lamps by Hog Lights Aust.
The two biggest dangers when riding are “Your Own Ego” and “Other Vehicles”.
Having a crash because you’re showing off is all on you but having a crash because another vehicle hits you or runs you off the road is far too common. A simple solution to make yourself more noticeable is a decent set of headlights…
Hog Lights Australia make World Class Headlights for most Harley-Davidson models. This bundle has a 7″ Headlight and 4.5″ Passing Lamps for Milwaukee-Eight Touring models.
These super bright LED lights will make you more visible to other vehicles. It will also light up more of the road ahead off you so you can spot potential hazards sooner.
Wave Disc Rotors by GalferUSA
This is most relevant for the Touring models…
Your Bike is HEAVY!
If you’re increasing the Power so you can accelerate quicker and open it up on the open road then you also need to upgrade your stopping power.
If you don’t keep a balance between your power to move and your power to stop then you’re riding on a ticking timebomb.
Galfer are heavily involved in motorcycle racing so you know they have done a ton of research and development for their rotors.
Their products a battle tested in extreme conditions so you know they won’t fail you when you need them the most.
Our suggestion for setting up your Tourer is
Front Brakes: GAL-DF838W (x2)
Rear Brake: GAL-DF681CWS-C
Front & Rear Brake Pads: GAL-FD369G1370 (x3)