Ultra Classic inner cam shaft bearing

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by otter1958, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. otter1958

    otter1958 Member

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    I was on a recent trip when my engine started making a strange whirring sound, I looked down at the oil gauge and saw that there was no oil pressure. Ended up having it towed to Applleton Harley in Clarksville, TN. They opened it up to find that the inner cam shaft bearing had broken up and ruined my engine. Thank God I wasn't on the interstate when this happened!! I can't imagine going 70 mph and having the engine freeze up! I had only 24,000 miles on this 2006 machine but no warranty or extended warranty. Cost to repair was about $4,200.00. I have to give Louis the head mechanic at Appleton HD a big thank you!! He called HD and told them that the inner cam shaft bearing was a factory defect and got HD to pick up $2,900.00 of the cost. Anyone else out there lost a inner cam shaft bearing??
     
  2. BUBBIE

    BUBBIE Well-Known Member

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    Great to hear that HD picked up a good amount of the $$... Hope you went with or They went with the better INA style of cam bearing.. Or do you know...

    signed.....BUBBIE :D
     
  3. The4opps1

    The4opps1 Junior Member

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    Sorry about the problems, but great that the MOCo picked up some of the tab. When I did the conversion to hydraulic tensioners, I replaced the INA's with the Torringtons. Major difference in construction of the bearings.
     
  4. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    I haven't personally had this failure, but others on this site have. I have up-graded the cheap INA inner camshaft bearings on BOTH my bikes. Here is a comparison of the INAs and the Torringtons (INA on the right). Make your own assessment!!

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    TQ
     
  5. BUBBIE

    BUBBIE Well-Known Member

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    I think I have a Brain Fog.... I was referring to the better bearing as TQ1 shows.... The Torrington ,,,, A full side by side roller caged bearing... I bet I have referred Before in this same Miss-worded fashion.... Sorry as the Torrington is the way I go..

    signed....BUBBIE:29:
     
  6. Bud White

    Bud White Well-Known Member Retired Moderators

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    The Torrington now made by Timken are a lot better bearings replaced them on mine when i did the cams
     
  7. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Bubster, put down the pork chop and study this post and there will be a test on it in the morning :lolrolling

    Cam Bearings - Harley Davidson Community
     
  8. BUBBIE

    BUBBIE Well-Known Member

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    What was or is the reason HD spaced their INA bearings?
    It could not be that "Less" expensive?

    Just wondered, MAYBE Chopper will Also chime in here????

    thanks for any replies..:18:

    signed....BUBBIE
     
  9. Trek

    Trek Junior Member

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    I have an 09 ultra, are they still using the cheaper bearing?
     
  10. Bud White

    Bud White Well-Known Member Retired Moderators

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    When you go to buy them Ina are $2 and Torrington are 4.50$ they use the ina for same reason any manuf would cheaper

    Yes they are