Question about 1979 Harley Davidson XLH 1000 Sportster
Hi William, Your timing is to far advanced and or your advance mechanism is worn out. Good luck.
Posted on May 16, 2015
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: 1973 Ironhead. white smoke from
Not uncommon on the Ironhead. As long as it's just a little white smoke for a short while. Probably some oil ran down the valve stem. You can do a compression test or a leakdown test to check the rings.
Posted on Oct 04, 2010
This happens when the engine trys to fire on the first "upstroke' of the pistons before those big flywheels get to spinning. This is common on stock ignition systems as far as I know. Harley may have changed the systems and I might not know about it but I doubt it. Some aftermarket systems, such as the Crane HI-4 have a spark delay system. The plugs will not fire until the engine has turned over three times. This gets those flywheels spinning and eliminates the start up kick back.
Posted on Oct 13, 2010
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