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Old 10-18-2011, 11:16 AM
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Default What does the compensator do?

I don't know.
Why do they go bad?
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Old 10-18-2011, 11:21 AM
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They cause people to post messages on hdforums.com.
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Basically it's a shock absorber. Takes out the torque pulses in the drive train.
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Basically it's a shock absorber. Takes out the torque pulses in the drive train.

which saves your drive train bearing from shock and failure !

allows a few degrees of slip when torque is slammed around - from normal riding and abuse ...
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Yep! Your question has already been answered.

To say the same thing in a different set of words, here's what I was going to say...

The compensator is there to absorb and minimize some of the shock loads within the drive train.
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as for what causes them to go bad,most agree thier bad out of the box.weak springs.
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For most people the stock one is fine. From 07 and up is where the weak springs don't work as well with the 96 and bigger.
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So why don't all the bikes have the spring pack?? I just looked at the parts manual for my 08 FXSTC and it doesn't have all that.
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all H-D Big Twin models ( within the past 30 years) have the compensating sprocket.

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all H-D Big Twin models ( within the past 30 years) have the compensating sprocket.

mike
Compensating sprocket yes, spring pack no. Why the difference??
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