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Old Jun 10th, 2012, 11:13 AM     #1
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Clanking Noise from Trans/Primary

I have a noise coming from my transmission/primary area that sounds like ball bearings being spun on a rope flapping against metal on my 2011 Heritage. Itís heard best at around 62 to 65 mph in 6th. gear when your only giving it enough throttle to maintain speed or just a tad less maybe slowly slowing down. I can make it do it in 5th as well at around 45 mph again just enough throttle to maintain speed. The Transmission/Primary has to be hot. All is quite when itís cool. I can throttle up and the noise goes away as long as Iím throttling as soon as I let up to maintain speed or say going down a hill itís back. After reading all over the internet Iím wondering if the primary chain is loose. Iím going to carry it in but just wanted some opinions first.
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Old Jun 10th, 2012, 12:01 PM     #2
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Re: Clanking Noise from Trans/Primary

Sounds like the primary chain is loose...have you tried accelerating strongly and chop the throttle and allow engine deaccelaration only without braking to allow the automatic tensioner ratched up to tighten up the slack? I think there was a procedure in the Self Help section regarding this...
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Re: Clanking Noise from Trans/Primary

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Sounds like the primary chain is loose...have you tried accelerating strongly and chop the throttle and allow engine deaccelaration only without braking to allow the automatic tensioner ratched up to tighten up the slack? I think there was a procedure in the Self Help section regarding this...
30mph & do use the brakes but not the clutch

http://www.hdtalking.com/transmissio...djustment.html (Automatic Chain Tensioner Adjustment)
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Old Jun 11th, 2012, 09:19 PM     #4
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Re: Clanking Noise from Trans/Primary

No I haven't... Just read about that and am planning on it as soon as the rain stops...
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Old Jun 12th, 2012, 06:55 PM     #5
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Didn't work... Accelerated fast up to about 30 applied the rear brake several times... Nothing changed... Carrying it to Harley tomorrow...
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Re: Clanking Noise from Trans/Primary

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Didn't work... Accelerated fast up to about 30 applied the rear brake several times... Nothing changed... Carrying it to Harley tomorrow...
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Old Jun 16th, 2012, 08:45 AM     #7
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Will do...
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Old Jun 25th, 2012, 04:57 PM     #8
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Re: Clanking Noise from Trans/Primary

Well I carried it to a different Harley than I bought it to get their perspective... They couldn't make it reproduce so they associated it with a neutral rattle (or backlash) where things will rattle if the gear is toward the looser side of tolerance you will get this rattle or backlash. I hear them but am not satisfied... I am not going to ride this thing listening to this rattle/backlash for years to come. I plan on taking it to the dealership I bought it from this week.
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Re: Clanking Noise from Trans/Primary

My 2011 Ultra started doing the very same thing last week. Exactly the way Zyepod described it. Was wondering what the other dealer said? Appreciate any feedback.

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Re: Clanking Noise from Trans/Primary

Are you both running 96s and how many miles are we talking here?
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