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Old 04-03-2012, 02:33 PM
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Angry Cam chain tensioner problems with an 88

Has anyone been notified from the Motor Co. that we may have a problem the cam chain tensioners? Can you find it in your manual when you should inspect for it? Is it listed on the schedule maintenance page? I could not find it. Nor has the motor co. sent out any info on this, that it may be a problem as per the Customer Rep. from Harley. Mine went at 30k. The motor co. said they don't give any assistance on help with the bill, but if you haven't paid the dealer for the work yet, you should negotiate the bill with them. I said it is not the dealers responsibility to publish a warning letter for a known problem that Harley has, but the Motor Co. I think the Motor Co. should review it's policies. Issue a notice that said part maybe faulty and to have it addressed at nearest Dealer. I won't hold my breath..... Tom1169
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Old 04-03-2012, 02:36 PM
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Yeah, known problem... good luck with that.
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Old 04-03-2012, 02:51 PM
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Welcome to the forum, tensioners,,,ask anybody that has an early twinkie they'll tell you.
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Old 04-03-2012, 02:59 PM
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I've done 2 upgrades to the Hyd Camplates in the last month. Have a RK on the lift to finish tonight or so. Well know problem but no help from MOCO, except they are happy to sell you the upgrade.
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Old 04-03-2012, 03:04 PM
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Trouble is they can go anywhere between 15,000 and around 60,000 miles so the company aren't really bothered, but if say by 05 they deffinately knew there was a problem they should have come up with and fitted the hydraulic type as is standard on the 96 engined bikes, being how Americans always seemed to be sueing people I'm surprised someone hasn't taken Harley's to court on this.
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Old 04-03-2012, 03:12 PM
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Known problems are not covered under warranty....
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Old 04-03-2012, 03:20 PM
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I hope mine lasts until I can scratch together the money for 95" kit. It would just to have to go into there and leave the stock bumpsticks in it.
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Trouble is they can go anywhere between 15,000 and around 60,000 miles so the company aren't really bothered, but if say by 05 they deffinately knew there was a problem they should have come up with and fitted the hydraulic type as is standard on the 96 engined bikes, being how Americans always seemed to be sueing people I'm surprised someone hasn't taken Harley's to court on this.
I've thought about it. Got an 05 that will hit 70K tonight on the way home. Have not replaced the shoes yet. They looked pretty good last winter at 55K. I spoke to dealer, they told me they would NOT replace old style shoes. They only do the upgrade cam plate/oil pump and of course recommend, new bearings upgraded cam, adjustable push rods, lifters, exaust, power commander, dyno. What kind of F'n racket are they running over there. I'm not ready to upgrade yet. Yeah, nothing in the owners manual or service manual about even checking those F'ers.
Should have been a class action suit a long time ago on this one. I realize that a retro fit for free is expensive. Yeah, I've been one of the luckier ones so far but I'm on borrowed time now. I can't afford what the dealer "thinks" I should do.
I've got a slight oil seep in the rear rocker cover, so I know I will have to remove the tank to change the gasket. May as well slip the push rods out, clamp up the lifters, remove cam chest cover, take out the plate and replace the shoes myself. May take a couple of days to do but .....
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Old 04-03-2012, 05:30 PM
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cromagnon:

You don't need to remove the tank. J&P cycles sells a relatively inexpensive flat wrench made specifically for that purpose. http://www.jpcycles.com/product/910-104 It just slides in under the tank. Unless, of course, you WANT to remove the tank, that is....
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You're gonna drop coin on repairing them. One of the best thing anyone can do for a twin cam is go gear drive and get rid of the chain and tensioners, of course ya should also replace the rods and lifters.
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