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Old Sep 16th, 2009, 11:13 AM     #1
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Compensator Upgrade Update

As some of you know I had the SE premium compensator sprocket for 07 & up bikes installed awhile back . My 08 RG has a 103" stage 2 with stock heads & no compression releases , I was having issues with the starter grinding & clunking & the starter even stalled a few times . After having the starter replaced once & have problems with the 2nd starter & having the HD service managers tell me that I should have had the compression releases put in & that compression releases would take care of all my starting problems . I decided to do the compensator sprocket upgrade ( HD part #40274-08 ) hoping that the upgrade would help & because it is a less costly fix & takes less time then taking the heads off to put in the compression releases . Now after 2500 miles & a lot of engine starts I have yet to have ANY issues with the starter , all is normal no clunk or grind , also there is NO more primary chain noise , also the bike seems smoother at lower RPMs . So far I am very happy with the results & would recommend it to everyone even if you have a stock engine . IMO there is no need for compression releases in my case & if you are tired of the starter clunk & primary noise then there is a need to upgrade the compensator sprocket because the stock compensator sprocket is the weak link in the primary .
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Re: Compensator Upgrade Update

Thanks for the update on the sprocket. Glad it worked out for you too.
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Old Sep 16th, 2009, 04:50 PM     #3
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Re: Compensator Upgrade Update

Yep,
It sure is a great improvement, not only starting but riding comfort right from the time the clutch is let out on the "get go" and decel smoothness to up and down shifts.

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Old Sep 16th, 2009, 05:50 PM     #4
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Re: Compensator Upgrade Update

stop it i want to hold off till winter
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Re: Compensator Upgrade Update

Quote: Originally Posted by Bud White View Post
stop it i want to hold off till winter
You won't be sorry, think about it, winters go by slowly.

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Re: Compensator Upgrade Update

thats why i want to do it then soemthing to do
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Re: Compensator Upgrade Update

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thats why i want to do it then soemthing to do
It's about 2 hours, then the wait to test it is going to be a long one, unless you hibernate.

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Re: Compensator Upgrade Update

I'm convinced. Just ordered the part from Clermont Harley in Florida. They matched Zanotti's price (209.00) and will install it for 375.00. Since I don't have the required tools, I am going to let them do it for me. Excited, hope I'm not disappointed.
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Be sure to let us know how it works out.
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Old Sep 30th, 2009, 01:05 PM     #10
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Re: Compensator Upgrade Update

16,000 miles since I put mine on and I'm still saying it is the best up-grade I've made.
Incidently, has anyone heard from Sadist 112? He was in the process of making the installation a week or so ago, and I haven't seen him post anything since???
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