Question about Harley Davidson FXST Softail Standard Motorcycles
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Pretty hard to offer suggestion with so little info.
If chain drive could be chains too loose.
Check oil level.
Get M/C shop to check......alot of good money at stake there.
Posted on Apr 22, 2010
SOURCE: can you change final drive
No, you must remove the outer primary, the clutch assembly, primary chain and adjuster, the compensator sprocket, the starter, the inner primary, the rear wheel and the swing arm to change the final drive belt. It's a major job.
Posted on Mar 29, 2011
SOURCE: whinning noise in the primary
With the engine running, put the transmission into gear and sit there with the clutch lever pulled in. Do you still hear the noise. If so, most likely the noise is in the primary itself rather than the transmission. Since you didn't specify whether the bike is a Sportster or a BIg Twin, it's difficult to say what the noise may be. It could be a bearing going bad. The problem with that is that you can disassemble the bike and never find the bearing. It could be the big bearing in the outer clutch shell or it could the mainshaft support bearing in the inner primary if it's a big twin. A Sportster has basically the same bearings but in different areas. If the bike is equipped with one of those automatic primary chain tensioners, I've seen them make a noise as well. Then again, a noise like that is very difficult to find. It seems to travel all through the engine. It could possibly be an inner cam bearing going bad. They sound exactly like the alternator whine on a Chevrolet. If you have one of those mechanic's stethoscopes or long screwdriver, listen to various places on your engine to try to locate the noise more closely.
Posted on Apr 03, 2011
Testimonial: "Thanks for the advice..I'm hoping it is just the outer clutch bearing"
SOURCE: I have a 2002 HD
I don't work on the Twin Cam engines but I'll take a guess on this one. Your Softail is equipped with the Twin Cam 88-B engine. The engine is a counterbalanced engine that is different from the standard TC88 engine. The counterbalancer is located in the lower front of the engine cases. Go to this site to see what it looks like and where it's located. http://www.bikebandit.com/2002-harley-davidson-softail-heritage-classic-flstci/o/m11509#sch608106 This may be where your problem is located. Keep in mind that I'm not a Twin Cam mechanic. I work on the Evolution and earlier engines and I'm not very familiar with the TC88-B engine but if the mechanics are stumped, I can't do any worse.
Posted on Aug 03, 2011
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