(1.)To stop press-together cranks from shifting, Charlie TIG-welds both ends of the crankp
Short Block Charlie's in Tempe, Arizona, is quite accomplished in building JIMS 120-inch Twin Cam engines. Charlie has built a slew of them, ranging from 120 inches to 135 inches in displacement. JIMS TC engines have proven to be stout crate motors, and with a 51mm CV carb and free-flowing exhaust, they typically produce about 1hp and a tad more than 1 lb-ft of torque per cubic inch on pump gas. Customers upgrading from 95-inch or 103-inch TC engines often want a little bit extra in performance when installing a JIMS 120-inch engine. One such customer of Charlie's is Leo Shewchuk from Calgary, Canada.
Leo owns a 2003 Twin Cam Road Glide that he occasionally uses for exploring around Arizona's scenic Sonoran desert during the winter. Since Leo's bagger already had a fuel-injected 103-inch stroker engine, he thought a mild hop-up on a JIMS 120-inch engine (4.125-inch bore x 4.5-inch stroke) might be his ticket to nirvana. Charlie and Leo decided that the hop-up objective would be to increase airflow and efficiency using modified heads, a larger throttle body, different cams, higher compression and a free-flowing exhaust. Since Leo already had a set of Andrews 64G gear-driven cams and a Kryakyn 57mm throttle body, he had Charlie build the engine around those parts. Since the stock JIMS 120-inch engine is rated at 121hp and 125 lb-ft when using a 51mm CV carb and SuperTrapp exhaust with 26 disks, the major unknowns for the modified engine would be dialing in the fuel injection system and selecting the right exhaust system. A Screamin' Eagle race tuner was selected for remapping the TC's EFI system while dyno testing would be used to determine the best pipe.
(2.)After TIG-welding, the crank is retrued to within 0.0005 inch.
(3.)Shown is the welded and trued JIMS stroker crank installed in the left-side crankcase.
(4.)ThreeBond 1194 gasket sealer is applied to the case mating surfaces, then the right-si
(5.)Charlie torques the case bolts down to 19 lb-ft in two steps.
JIMS Twin Cam engines, both the 120-inch and newly released 131-inch, are available as a fully assembled engine or as a kit. Charlie ordered the 120-inch engine kit for Leo. The kit version includes a fully assembled bottom end and requires the builder to assemble the top end. Since stock Twin Cam cranks and even some aftermarket cranks have been known to shift out of true, Charlie beefs up all his TC cranks to eliminate any problems. Although Charlie has never had a problem with a JIMS 120 TC crank, he still modifies them--like all others--to eliminate any potential problems.
JIMS 120-inch crankcases are stout and designed to handle much greater power levels than stock factory cases. Beefier walls, larger radiuses and thicker mounting pads provide greater strength while allowing cylinder spigot sizes up to 4.8 inches. The JIMS stroker crank is a pressed-together assembly with two one-piece mainshaft and flywheel units held together by a pressed-in crankpin. Beefy I-beam connecting rods connect the crankpin to the pistons.
(6.)JIMS crankcases come clearanced for high-lift cams. Since Andrews cams are being insta
(7.)The oil pump is lubed and installed over the crank's pinion shaft. Make sure a pliable
(8.)Here are the Andrews 64G gear-drive cams pressed into the cam support plate bearings w
Since the JIMS stroker crank comes installed in the crankcases, Charlie started by disassembling the new cases and removing the crank. To eliminate any potential crankshaft shifting, Charlie TIG-welds the crankpin on each end and then retrues the pressed-together crank to within 0.0005 inch. Fortunately, the stout JIMS cases already include a left-side double-tapered Timken bearing, which is much preferred over the 2003-and-newer factory roller bearing for keeping a TC crank straight and true.
JIMS engines come equipped with chain-driven cams with either spring-loaded chain tensioners (early versions) or hydraulic tensioners (late models). Stock JIMS 120-inch cams are Screamin' Eagle 264 with .635-inch lift and 264/262 degrees duration. These cams will be replaced with Andrews gear-driven cams with .640-inch lift and 272/276 degrees duration. Gear-drive cams provide more accurate valve timing and eliminate any potential problems with cam chain tensioners.
Charlie performed his Vortec II head modifications to the stock JIMS head castings. The stock 2.080-inch intake and 1.625-inch exhaust valves were retained, but Charlie modified the ports for increased airflow, welded and machined the chambers into a modified kidney shape for improved squish and flow, set the chamber volume for a 10.5:1 static compression ratio (stock JIMS 120-inch compression ratio is 10:1) and installed a valve spring package compatible with the 64G cams.
(9.)The cam support plate and cams are now attached to the gearcase. Bolts are torqued to
(10.)The pinion and cam drive gears are installed next, making sure the timing marks on th
(11.)Charlie primes the lifters with pressurized oil forced into the lifter's oil feed hol