Question about 2008 Harley Davidson FLTR Road Glide
Two other things that havent been mentioned are if you are still running a primary chain step up the compensator sprocket to a 24 this will bring the final rpms down.Or you can go to a primary belt set up.( I am going to this on my 72 FLH)
Posted on Jan 07, 2009
I can give you a couple of hints on the vibration thing that few folks think about. First, since you are doing a complete rebuild, spend some time on the cylinder heads. A major cause of that nasty buzz is unequal compression between cylinders. An inconsistant valve job, heads that have been milled or weak valve springs can contribute to this.
Another thing is the clutch. In '79 the dry clutch was still in use, but sometimes on the highway you might have a slight slippage that you cannot detect by listening to the engine. When you tear it down, look at the friction plates for greasy or shiny areas. This clutch is very tough and worth keeping, so sandblast the plates unless they are ruined, make sure the friction face of the pressure plate is flat and replace the ten springs. I qualify as a shovel man because I own a '71 super glide that I bought 35 years ago.
Posted on Dec 25, 2008
Hi, I ride a 1984 shovelhead flh. My riding style seems to be like yours. A couple of things that I did on my bike to help with vibration were to install the polyurethane riser busings and use some cushioned grips. These solid mount shovels will have some vibes. If your engine is well balanced and you use loctite on your fasteners it should help cut down on the vibes. Also make sure that your steering head bearings and swingarm bearings are good because they can have an adverse affect on handling. I know that others who are more knowledgeable will also make some great suggestions. I have been hanging around and looking at these posts for a while and just decided to join. Also i think that if you stay with the rear chain setup you will have more and less expensive final gear ratio options to play with. My bike runs the 32 tooth front pulley and a 70 tooth rear belt setup and could use a little taller top end at 75 but it works for me with little vibration. Reducing the rpm's at higher speeds will certainly make your ride more comfortable.Good luck on your project.
Posted on Nov 20, 2008
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