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2004 Ultra Cam Bearing failure

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Old Sep 21st, 2008, 09:54 PM     #1
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2004 Ultra Cam Bearing failure

Has anyone ever had a cam bearing fail on their '04 Ultra Classic? I have 30k miles on the TC 88B. Always run SYN 3 in it, and changed oil/filter on a regular basis.
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Old Sep 22nd, 2008, 01:52 AM     #2
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Re: 2004 Ultra Cam Bearing failure

thats a common failure on that model engine. should start having the tensioners checked at the 25k service.
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Old Sep 22nd, 2008, 06:56 AM     #3
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Re: 2004 Ultra Cam Bearing failure

Cam bearings on an 04 aren't that common at all. The earlier TC engines were the ones that had the problems with the bearings.
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Old Sep 22nd, 2008, 07:17 AM     #4
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Re: 2004 Ultra Cam Bearing failure

I changed my cams last week. I used the new style hydralic tensioner and Andrews 26N cams. The bike had the old style needle bearings. There was some pitting on the cams in the bearing area and some wear on the cam lobe faces. Changed the bearings to the Torington style new B lifters and Screaming Eagle adjustable pushrods, as well as oil pump and cam support plate.
The bike runs awsome now. I suppose now I will have to get some free flowing exhaust to go with the stage one carb and cams
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Old Sep 22nd, 2008, 07:56 AM     #5
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Re: 2004 Ultra Cam Bearing failure

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Cam bearings on an 04 aren't that common at all. The earlier TC engines were the ones that had the problems with the bearings.
I believe the 1999-2001 models had the problems.
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Re: 2004 Ultra Cam Bearing failure

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I believe the 1999-2001 models had the problems.
You hit it right on the head.

Sad part is the MOCO knew there was a problem and instead of a recall, they would replace the engines that grenade because of this.
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Re: 2004 Ultra Cam Bearing failure

We are pretty stupid. For example cam chain tensioners are junk we pay $65 a piece for new ones. What is the cost to manufacture them. Doesn't look like much in material. They screw up and then they screw us again when we come bak to get their screwups repaired. Dumb.
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Re: 2004 Ultra Cam Bearing failure

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We are pretty stupid. For example cam chain tensioners are junk we pay $65 a piece for new ones. What is the cost to manufacture them. Doesn't look like much in material. They screw up and then they screw us again when we come bak to get their screwups repaired. Dumb.
Amen to that, you would think we would learn from our mistakes.
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Old Sep 22nd, 2008, 03:09 PM     #9
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Re: 2004 Ultra Cam Bearing failure

Is there any easy way to check the cam tensioners on an '04 Classic. It has the SE203 cams and the tensioners were replaced when the cams were put in about 20 k miles ago.

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Re: 2004 Ultra Cam Bearing failure

Have to pull off the cam cover and possibly the front pipe. You can see the rear tensioner with a dental mirror if you stand on your head with your mouth a certain way and tongue hanging out
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