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1999 fatboy whining noise

Maybe loose cahin, maybe compensaor or clutch loose and rubbing case or cover???

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Hello I own a 05 1200c sportster. I was about to go for a quick ride one day and just as I was going to put the bike on neutral some how I shifted wrong, resulting with the Final Belt drive snapping! I...

The first and easiest thing to check is the primary chain tension. In the middle of the top run, you should have 3/8" to 1/2" up and down play with the engine cold. Check this through the small hole in the top of the outer primary cover. Adjust with the adjuster screw on the underside of the cover. Also look on the inside of the outer cover to see if the sprocket shaft nut has come loose and is rubbing the cover. It could also be a magnet in the rotor on your alternator has come loose. To check that, you'll have to pull the primary chain, engine sprocket, and clutch assembly off to get the rotor off. The mainshaft nut that holds the clutch on had left handed threads.

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Gear box making niose

Afraid that you didn't give me a lot to work with. First, check the oil in the transmission and primary as they share the same oil. I don't think your bike has a "level check hole" so I'd simply take the drain plug out of the underside at the rear of the primary and drain all the oil out. Then take the upper inspection cover off the outer primary cover and pour in one quart of oil. Check the tension on the final drive belt. If the belt is too loose, it will rise up off the front belt pulley due to centrifugal force and rub making a noise.

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I heard a sound that I think is coming from the Primary case on my 1996 Harley Davidson FLHR. It is not a ticking or a knocking sound but more like a rubbing sound that gets faster when reving the engine.

It could be that your primary chain tension needs adjusting or you could have a magnet in the rotor that has come loose and is rubbing the stator. Since you're hearing a noise, I'd disconnect the battery, drain the primary case, and take the outer primary cover off. Check the tension on the primary chain. It should have between 7/8 and 3/4 inch up and down play in the middle of the top run. If it's ok, look for any indications of metal fragments near the compensator sprocket and the rotor. This may be difficult to see as the magnets catch most of the metal fragments and they aren't readily visible. If you have the tools, I'd pull the engine sprocket, chain, and clutch assembly. This will allow you to get the rotor off to inspect it.

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Hello, i have a 06 fxdbi and I hear a squeaking noise come from the primary case when i let off the throttle and brake with the engine. i thought it was my front brakes but turned out that when i engage...

Have you checked the tension on your final drive belt? If the belt is too loose, it'll ride up and rub on the underside of the primary where the starter is. There are no bolts on the front pulley behind the primary cover. There is only one large nut on the front pulley but you've got to pull the entire clutch assembly and inner primary to get to it. Go to this site to get an idea of how your bike is put together.

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Aug 07, 2011 | Harley Davidson FXDBI Street Bob...

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Very load chain sounds coming from left side of engine, could hear this when new, brought back to dealer several times they said it was normal since then i have 25,000 miles on it and the noise is much...

Now, I'll address the primary chain but the warranty is between you and your dealer. From my experiences with the dealers, don't get your hopes up though. Now, find the drain plug on the bottom side of the primary back near the derby cover. Drain the primary. If you have to take the shifter and the floorboard off to get the primary cover off, do so. Then take the bolts out of the primary and take the cover off. You'll have to take the bolts out of the oval inspection cover to get the primary off. Remove the bottom bolt and the rear bolt of the inspection cover. Once you get the cover off, look for anything obviously wrong in there. If the primary has a conventional chain tensioner, check the up and down movement in the top run of the chain. It should have 3/4 to 7/8 inch up and down play with the engine cold. If the chain has an automatic adjuster in it, the chain will be tight. Look to see if you see anything that the chain might be rubbing. Look at the underside of the inner primary at the top just above the engine sprocket for signs of rubbing. See if the chain is running in the middle of the tension shoe at the bottom of the primary.

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Jun 08, 2011 | 2011 Harley Davidson FXCWC Softail Rocker...

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How do you install a stster on a 2002 harley davidson electraglide

The stater is connected to the crankshaft on the left side of the engine
Drain primary oil
Remove outer primary cover
Remove clutch ,clutch hub (puller needed)
clutch hub is reverse thread
remove compensating sprocket on crank.
remove chain adjusting rubbing block
pay att. to position as if at the end of adjustment you may want to replace chain
remove chain with hub/sprocket
remove rotor
unplug wires from stator
remove stater.
you will need a clutch hub puller
check chain for wear replace if needed
check rubbing block for wear

Now Really Get a manual !!
find one here under other

Feb 08, 2011 | 2002 Harley Davidson FLHT Electra Glide...

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Excessive noise in primary,probable causes?

When is the last time you checked the adjustment of your primary chain? It should be adjusted to where you have 3/4 to 7/8 inch up and down play when checked in the middle of the upper section of the chain when COLD. I like to set the chain at the 3/4 inch setting if possible. As the engine/transmission heats up, the chain will tighten up. If the chain is too loose, it will rub the top of the inside of the inner primary cover when you back off on the throttle.

Also, you didn't say how many miles your bike has on it. You could need to replace the nylon shoe on the primary chain adjuster mechanism if it's worn badly. Also, I've seen a lot of spring cups on the compensator sprocket go bad. Remove the outer primary cover and try to turn this cup with you hands. If you can turn it by hand, you probably need to replace it. This will make a "clop, clop, clop" type noise when idling. While in the primary, check the torque on the engine sprocket nut. It should be 150-165 foot pounds. You will need a primary locking tool to check this as the engine will turn over before you reach that torque level.

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My 05 road king drive belt is worn on one side. when looking down at the belt from inner side edge towards the center it is worn 1/4 inch across like the belt is rubbing on something. I'll replace the belt...

Has the bike been lowered? If so, this decreases the clearance at the top side of the belt where it goes behind the inner primary cover. Also there may be a belt guard rubbing somewhere. Remove the belt guards and use a flashlight to look for something rubbing.

When you replace the belt, you'll be able to see anything that might be rubbing the belt. Usually there is a noise associated with something rubbing the belt. If you hear a noise, determine what the bike is doing when you hear it. Is it going up or down after hitting a bump or something? Do you only hear the noise when you've got a passenger on the bike?

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2004 buell blast clutch popping noise when it,s released.

Hello chopper...glad to see a Buell owner, sorry to hear you are having problems. I have a 2000 Thunderbolt.
When you adjusted your clutch did you adjust it both behind the rubber boot for cable adjustment and the other behind the primary cover?
Also check inside your primary and look for anything that might be rubbing where it shouldn't. New noises are often caused by a new occurence. Also look for metal shavings in your primary fluid and make sure it's full.
Good luck...hope this helps

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