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On most bikes there's a punch mark or similar on the cam gear which should usually face upwards and some kind of timing mark on the flywheel visible through an inspection cover. When the mark on the flywheel is lined up with the pointer and the punch mark on the cam gear facing up, you're in time. Make sure the cam chain is taught on the front side when you do this else you'll be out of time again.
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Hi Anonymous, roll the engine over untill all pushrods are as low as possible, torque rocker boxes in a criss cross pattern in 5 lb. increments, manually roll over engine slowly without spark plugs before firing to make sure all the children have enough room to play. Good luck
Hi Mark, call, take a ride or trailer your bike over to your local dealers service/parts department, I'm sure they will be happy to take your Harley Davidson for a test ride if necessary/possible and offer professional advice and assistance concerning your issue. Good luck have a nice day.
hey,i have an xlh 883 89 model and i removed the camshaft cover out and one of the camshafts fell off cause the cover was stuck and had to make big pressure on it. i m trying to match the timing marks! is there a mark on the crankshaft sprocket? cause i m seeing a small dot that doesn t match to the other marks. i made it TDC from the inspection hole too, but the marks that have on the book aren t like the marks that i have on the cams how is exactly the camshafts timing? thanks
After changing the oil on every bike I own, (So that I know the level is correct.) I then make a dip stick for that bike. I use a T handled alen wrench since it is never a straight shot down to the oil. I insert it as far as I can at whatever angle it takes to bottom out. Then when I pull it out I wrap it with tape just above the oil line to create a full mark. From then on I always know where I'm at.
I don't understand what you are wanting to know. You said "reinstall 4 cams". If you've taken the cams out of a Sportster, you need a book. Reinstalling the cams in Sporty is much too complicated a subject to tackle here. The biggest thing is get the right cam in the right position. Cam number 1 and cam number 4 look a lot alike. You also need to make sure your timing marks are aligned correctly. Lot's of timing marks. I'd suggest the purchase of an original Harley-Davidson manual for your particular bike.