Compensator Issues

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by BigG, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. BigG

    BigG Active Member

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    I have a 2003 FLSTCI. It had 48,000 on it when I noticed Primary Noise. Turns out the compensator had to be changed. Now I am at 57,000 and it seems to be making the same type of noises. Is the compensator a common problem?
     
  2. Redfish-Joe

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    Could be the compensator bolt has loosened up. If it has just don't retorque it. Take the bolt out clean both sets of threads good, lock-tite it and retorque to spec.
     
  3. Jeff Klarich

    Jeff Klarich Well-Known Member Contributor

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    Good advice, I believe it has to hold 160 ft pounds, mine didn't and had to be replaced along with most of the primary side of the bike.
     
  4. BigG

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    Yes Exactly. I had mine replaced about 10K miles ago. It feels like a lower end knock now, so I think it has re-ocurred. I was hoping to make it to the end of summer before tearing into it again. I am wondering if it is a common (design) problem with the Twin cam 88 B's ?
     
  5. Jeff Klarich

    Jeff Klarich Well-Known Member Contributor

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    Not sure if it is a common problem but I've read other threads about it so it must be somewhat of a issue.
     
  6. BigG

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    Which makes me think of another question/suggestion for this forumn. What about a List of most common repairs by model and year ??
     
  7. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    Harley Problems - Harley Davidson Community Have a look here BigG
     
  8. BigG

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  9. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    What is this SNOW thing you speak of:p I am originally. Ha from MN and I do not miss it Have a good look at the self help section, you will be AMAZED at the info in there:s
     
  10. BigG

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    Yes Jack. We don't get quite as cold as MN here but there is still some motorcyclr down time due to weather.