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Hi Anonymous, assuming yor stock push rods are still in the engine, remove the clip at the top of the outer push rod tube with a screw driver. Lift up the spring cup and squirt some silicone spray or WD-40 on the o-ring, then take needle nose pliers and slide down the inner push rod tube, do this to all of them. Next you can either remove primary cover to access crankshaft extention bolt or jack up rear end to clear wheel, remove spark plugs, and put tranny in high gear to facilitate turning over engine. Rotate engine so that the RE (rear exhaust) push rod is all the way up the remaing three should spin freely. Lift up the bottom of outer pushrod tube, of one that spins, as high as it will go and secure it with a clothes pin. With some bolt cutters break and remove stock push rod. Repeat process for the other 2 that spin freely, then rotate the engine so RE pushrod is at it's lowest point and spins freely then remove it. I don't know what brand your adjustables are so lay them out on your bench, they should be all the same length with the adjusters all the way in. If you have two that are longer these would be exhaust push rods and the two shorter ones will be intake pushrods. Refering to manufacturers instructions you should be able to install new push rods as one piece with adjusters all the way in, or you may have to disassemle and install piece by piece, it happens sometimes. Refer to instructions for complete turns, it's either 3 or 4 usually 4. Since the RE lifter is all the way down as far as it will go on the base circle of the cam start with that one first. WARNING!!!!! before you install any push rod make sure there is an o-ring in the head and one in tappet block. Slide push rod into tube and install, back out the adjuster until it just starts to touch the lifter then with wrenches back out an additional 3 or 4 turns, if you are not sure about the number call the manufacturer. Lock the jam nut and wait a few minutes until the lifter bleeds down and you can spin the push rod freely. WARNING!!!! never attempt to rotate engine unless the push rod you are installing spins freely. OK now lets move onto the next push rod the RI (rear intake) rotate engine so lifter is at it's lowest point on the base circle and install and adjust the push rod, wait for it to spin freely and then do the other 2 in the same manner. When you are finished some push rods will spin freely while others won't depending on cam position this is normal. Now rotae engine slowly 2 or 3 complete revolutions to make sure you have no valve to valve problems or valve to piston problems. If you do re-doo the adjustment on the offending cylinder. When you are comfortable every thing is ok extend inner push rod tube and install clips, replace spark plugs take bike out of gear and repace primary or lower the bike. With fingers crossed and a silent prayer to the Harley Gods fire it up, there may some slight lifter tick in the first minute or two but will eventually stop when you take it for a test ride. When you get back check it for leaks. Thus ends my modified version of War and Peace. Good luck

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