05 Deuce - funny noise on right side of engine

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by Deuceman144, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. Deuceman144

    Deuceman144 Member

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    G'day team,
    I started the bike on the weekend and discovered a funny whir/jingle type sound coming from the right side of the engine,,,, it's hard to pinpoint but sort of sounds like a loose exhaust fitting which I'm pretty sure it's not. It's done 65k and it's going in next week to have the lifters etc done anyway but just wanted to ask if anyone knows what this could be? One thought was maybe a broken nylon chain tensioner? :wall
    Thanks for any ideas you may have,,
    Al
     
  2. Mattman4403

    Mattman4403 Junior Member

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    Hope it it not the chain tensioner, They tend to scatter when they get to the point they make noise. It is a likely cluprit though.
     
  3. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    With 65K on the engine, I wouldn't run it until you find out if it is the tensioners.
     
  4. jonny oz

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    I know this is a bit old, but for what it's worth, I would follow Glider's advice. Don't even start the bike until you at least pull off the cam cover and check the outer tensioner and try to get a look at the inside one with a mirror. I've read of tensioners failing before 10K miles - if the sound you heard is indeed a failed tensioner, you could wreck the entire engine if riding is continued. You said lifters are being replaced - I would have the tensioners done too.
     
  5. rednectum

    rednectum Member

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    yeah, what they said. those tensioners can destroy the oil pump, the little broken pieces of tensioner can get into the cam plate and you cannot be sure if it is clean, so you have to buy that too. its a mess.
     
  6. ChromeEagle

    ChromeEagle Member

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    If you are doing the lifters do yourself a favor and go to gear drive. Mobetter and better performance!
     
  7. Deuceman144

    Deuceman144 Member

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    Hey, thanks for the info - it was the tensioners.
    It seems outdated that HD use a tufnel type material for these rather than nylon or similar. The tufnel chips with wear resulting in fragments contaminating the oil and causing significant issues as discussed.
    Anyway,,, thanks again for all your help and advice,,,, the works been done and the bikes never run better - rock on!!
    Cheers,
    Al
     
  8. glider

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    Glad you caught it in time Al, those tensioners have claimed more the one engine.