Lifter clatter in 103

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by 08king, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. 08king

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    I have a new 2013 flhtk with 1200 miles. When starting cold after it has sat over night I get a loud clatter for a few seconds when starting. I am using 20/50 non synthetic HD oil. I think it is the lifters. Is this normal?
     
  2. FLTR2008TRIKE

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    It shouldn't happen but not un common for it to happen. If it gets worse you should get your bike into the dealer to get them to check your tappet lifters
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  3. 01 rk

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    Take it back to the stealership and get it repaired, avoid a problem down the road.
     
  4. Slo-Ryd

    Slo-Ryd Junior Member Contributor

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    +1 It really sounds like the lifters are bleeding down overnight and clattering on initial startup until they pump up again. Definitely not right. I can let mine sit for a month and not hear clatter when I start it. JMO
     
  5. bobbeidel

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    Might want to try synthetic oil. JMO
     
  6. BUBBIE

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    Now one thing we don't HEAR is the clatter... Not being able to hear it, IF REALLY LOUD ? not right... If loud but ticking probably I'd call it normal...

    IF the engine stops on a position where the valve is left Open, then total bleed down over night can be expected... I like to use ADJUSTABLE push-rods for that reason:

    I Can set my lifter Pre-Load CLOSER to the bottom of the lifter and Not get a lot of Bleed down as the stock setting HD Uses,,,

    HD used one size fits all (that I know of)

    Using SnS or HD slender adjustable's allow a better fitment in MY BOOK....:s

    THIS Is "Old School" tech-knowledge from me......:D

    No papers out from HD for this...:p

    signed....BUBBIE
     
  7. 08king

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    Yes it is a clatter not just ticking. My dealer says it's normal for a 103. I will bring it back to the dealer and see what they can do.
    Can a lifter that leaks down cause any damage?
    Thanks for your reply's
    Jim
     
  8. BUBBIE

    BUBBIE Well-Known Member

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    Jim,

    Yes, the noise you hear is metal to metal (hammering) and not good but many lifters can do it for a long time with no real problem...

    IT CAN Take out a Roller bearing in the bottom of a lifter though.....
    OR flat-spot a cam(over time)

    What cam do you have in your 103"

    I use the SE255's in my 103" and I do not have a problem... Gaterman lifters... SE slender tapers adjustable PR's...

    BUT like I said, I used the Lower portion of the lifter pre-load and Might be why mine are quiet.

    I don't think it would have anything to do with 103" Other than the cams used... (Cow Bellar noise from HD Dealer):p

    IF you don't get satisfaction from your Dealer,,,,,Get a second oppinion from another... And OR ASK some of your friends or riders that have the same bike and see IF they have that Lifter Noise noise....

    Usually a synthetic will allow More noise in an engine but using it may FILL that noisy lifter sooner than the Dino oil.

    Use a good synthetic,,,,Not a Snake oil IMO....

    Redline 20/50 is a good if not one of the best...

    signed....BUBBIE
     
  9. 08king

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    Motor is stock with 1200 miles. I talked with the dealer today and they said bring back in and they would see what they could do.
    I will let you know what happens. Thanks
    Jim
     
  10. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    If your dealer says they all do it find a new dealer, in the long run if it is a lifter problem it will get worse, plus the lifter blocks on these engines are part of the case not like the Evo engine was get it fixed ASAP