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Samwel Supplies

In 1980 after a 35.000km trip on his 1942 WLA sidecar combination to India and Nepal, Mr. Aad Samwel started the company. In the years before this journey, his old 1943 WLC took him everywhere else, as he ventured to make many friends around Europe. By doing so he learned all the skills, and gained the knowledge to restore an old Harley to back to perfection.

Through his connections, Mr. Samwel got hold of many 'hard to get ' parts, and as his interest in the harley business grew, he also learned all the leather manufacturing involved in antique Harleys as well as the overhauling of gearboxes and engines.

During the first 2 years from 1980, Aad Samwel started as a local WL specialist, doing all the works on, and supplying the necessary parts for the many 45" WL enthousiasts in his area. As the market became bigger, and original supplies became rare in a high rate, he saw the neccesity for replica replacement parts. The next year the first dozens of replica parts were made under his supervision when he started up the first factory in Poland with some friends, while Poland was still under a communist regime. In the meantime "Samwel's Saddlery" became a big name in Europe, by manufacturing all the seats and saddlebags to perfection for antique Harleys.

The company grew so fast, making sidecars, 45" parts, saddles and saddlebags that they were divided in Samwel's Sidecars, Samwel's Saddlery and Samwel's Spare parts. Nowadays all the products are sold under the Samwel's Supplies flag.

The demand of the parts reached such heights that the company decided to go into larger scale of production in different countries. As an expert in the field and with the vision he had, Aad Samwel controlled the manufacturing of the more than 2000 parts made for Samwel's Supplies.

Today the company has the largest selection of WL parts worldwide, it is possible to build a complete new WL, using the current replica production line! Also Samwel's Supplies is the manufacturer of the original style Springer forks, handlebars, brakes and lots of other parts which are used in modern retro style bike building.

The latest developments are the introduction of modern era electronics for the use in antique Harleys such as our electronic auto advance ignition for kick-start motors and 6 and 12 volt electronic regulators for 1936-1964 Harley's and the introduction of a 4 speed gearbox for WL's.

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Products by Samwel Supplies in our web shop:

Classic Springer Forks
Classic Springer Forks
Complete and accurate reproduction of the classic H-D Springer fork as used by the factory on Big Twins 1936-49 and on 45” models from 1941–57. Manufactured just like back in the good old times, i.e. with forged legs and connecting components, which makes them equal to the original counterpart concerning stability and service life.
Use these top-quality forks as stock replacement for your restauration or as a part of your chopper or bobber project-bike.
All brackets for brake anchor, front fender and ride control are there and just like stock., The dimensions of our standard forks are exactly the same as for the original Springer forks (48,5 cm = 19” from center of wheel axle to lower neck bearing seat)., W&W Springer forks for Big Twins are divided in “inline” (1936-45, rake = 0°) and “off-set” (1946-49, rake = -3°) groups and are designed to be installed on rigid frames with stock neck rake., Big Twin versions feature a fork stem that works with the included centering collar for 1936-up ball bearings. Moreover the stem also features two Ø1” bearing seats for the use of 1949-up Timken bearings without any modifications. They are not drilled for the 1948→ steering head lock., The forks for 45”/750 cc models have a 7/8” fork stem and fit the stock neck bearings., The "Builder" versions come unassembled with bare rigid and spring forks, chrome or black springs and black rockers.,
Length is measured from axle center line to seat of lower steering head bearing.
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4-speed Transmission 45”/750cc
4-speed Transmission 45”/750cc
Fully assembled, ready-to-install, 4-speed (!) transmissions for 1941-up 45 cui./750 cc Sidevalve Harleys.
It is a fact that while the engines seem to last forever, those worn, clunky transmissions can be a continuous source for trouble. Full restorations - and that’s exactly what is often required - are expensive and tasks for the real experienced only, so it is definitely worthwhile to consider a complete replacement. Especially when this replacement is not just a well functioning duplicate of the same old thing but a large improvement, too.
A real drawback with original 3-speed transmissions is the large gear ratio difference between 1st and 2nd, i.e. from 2.47 to 1.57:1 with a consequent big rpm drop. If you ever rode 2-up in the mountains you will know how annoying this can be. The 4-speed version with its extra gear is a vast improvement here because it allows you to stay in the power band much better for an overall riding performance unknown before. Additionally, all gears are machined from modern materials for higher strength and feature an updated tooth-design for smoother and quieter running. Solo machines, sidecar rigs and Servi-Cars - all likewise benfit from these features.
The 4-speed transmission comes completely assembled with all gears, shafts and covers installed for a quick, straightforward installation. It accepts your original primary drive with clutch and the chain sprocket with cover. It looks exactly the same as its 3-speed counterpart so nobody can tell the difference from its outer appearance. The only extra part required is a 4-speed shifter gate.
Stock 3-speed gear ratios:
1st - 2.47:1
2nd - 1.57:1
3rd- 1:1
4-speed gear ratios:
1st - 2.67:1
2nd - 2.03:1
3rd - 1.42:1
4th - 1:1
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4-Speed Conversion Kit 45”/750cc
4-Speed Conversion Kit 45”/750cc
A drawback with original 3-speed transmissions is the large gear ratio difference between 1st and 2nd, i.e. from 2.47 to 1.57:1 with a consequent big rpm drop. If you ever rode 2-up in the mountains you will know how annoying this can be. With the installation of this 4-speed conversion kit one can achieve a big improvement here because its extra gear allows you to stay in the power band much better for an overall riding performance unknown before. Additionally, all gears are machined from modern materials for higher strength and feature an updated tooth-design for smoother and quieter running. Solo machines, sidecar rigs and Servi-cars - all likewise benefit from these features.
The conversion kit includes all gears and the shifter drum to transform an old 45” gear box into a 4-speed transmission. All other stock 3-speed parts, like shafts, shifter forks, etc. can be retained or must be purchsed separately if not present. The original primary drive with clutch and the chain sprocket with cover fit without problems. After installation the 4-speed tranny will look exactly the same as its 3-speed counterpart so nobody can tell the difference from its outer appearance. The only extra part required is a 4-speed shifter gate. The stock side cover has to be machined for clearance. As an option a pre-machined version is also available.
Stock 3-speed gear ratios:
1st - 2.47:1
2nd - 1.57:1
3rd- 1:1
4-speed gear ratios:
1st - 2.67:1
2nd - 2.03:1
3rd - 1.42:1
4th - 1:1
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