TC88 durability?

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by sjcea, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. sjcea

    sjcea Active Member

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    How long can one expect a TC88 to last before needing major motor work? Bike I just bought (2006 Street Glide) has 22k on it.
     
  2. STEVE07

    STEVE07 Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderators

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    Depends on the bike,how you ride and maintain it.A friend just dealt his 05 with 139,000 on it,no major repairs.
     
  3. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    I think a lot of it depends on how it was maintained and ridden before you got it. I have 68,000 on my 05RG and have had no problems. The 88 is a very well built motor.
     
  4. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    The cam chain tensioners on pre '07 bikes need inspection in the 25 - 30 thousand mile area.
     
  5. The4opps1

    The4opps1 Junior Member

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    Agree with the posts that cite engine maintenance and how it was ridden in determining engine life. My '99 Ultra just turned 80k and is going strong. So far the only work was changing out the tensioners.
     
  6. R. Lewis

    R. Lewis Senior Member Retired Moderators

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    2006 with 22k = about 3600 +/- miles per. As already stated and with anything mechanical it would depend on past maintence and care. Any idea on who had the bike before you?
     
  7. sjcea

    sjcea Active Member

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    Bike been well cared for and been running Mobil 1 since 8k miles!
     
  8. rkrdr2

    rkrdr2 Active Member

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    With 22k on her... now would be a good time to have someone take a look at the cam shoes...It will give you a good time line before they need to be replaced. The cam shoes is the only weak link in the 88in motor...
     
  9. Weeg

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    My 06 Road King is just over 49K miles. The only “major” repair was having the cam bearings replaced. This was preventive as recommended by my mechanic. He had two TC88s in his shop where the bearings failed and ruined the engines.
     
  10. Amish Hawg

    Amish Hawg Active Member Contributor

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    As everyone has said; Its all about general maintenance and the previous owner.

    For me at 33k, purchased with 9k on it. Throttle Body Shaft ( that was a fluke), cam tensioner shoes...CHECK THEM!!! Fuel lines in tank and a tranny seal leak. All rainy day projects.

    I wont trade her. I may park her and play, but she's mine forever. The herd will just grow.