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Engine Squeal 87 Shadow with 31K miles. I reinstalled a new head gasket, put it all back together and after about 2.0 hrs on the engine, I started to get a squeal after the motor warms up. It seems to only happen after the engine is warm. Not sure if it's a bearing or something else. Here is a video with sound:

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Suggest you re-tension the head studs as the heat of a hot motor is probably allowing them to stretch just enough for the compression gasses to leak out. Use a tension wrench for this operation.

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Testimonial: "The noise really seems to be coming from the lower part of the motor; around where the crankshaft is located. If gases were leaking out, would the sound be coming from so low on the motor? I assumed the sound would be closer to the heads. Thanks for the help."


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The sprag clutch that kicks the starter gear into the flywheel is not engaging. This may involve splitting the engine/transmission case if you have to clean or replace that mechanism. I have had success running CD-2 as described here. You might try that before tearing into the bike.

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I had a similar situation with a Harley once that turned out to be a broken front motor mount.

I do not work on many Harleys, but I was told that it was a fairly common problem with that model.

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Change out the gas to a higher octane and do not use gas with ethanol. This sounds like engine knock > translated; pre-ignition of the fuel in the cylinder. This is not a good thing to have. It is hard on the crank and even harder on the piston. If the problem does not go away after a tank or two ask the dealer to check the engine timing. Also check gearbox oil level. Low oil creates heat and heat promotes detonation aka pre-ignition.

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