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Engine has a tickn noise like the lifters are loose

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Had the same issues when we upgraded from a shovel head to a newer bike. HD tried telling us, "it's a Harley. .." to which my responses was so..... it is ticking, one valve, brings your head right down into the bike, and sounds bad. Not 4 valves, 1.

Had HD replace all lifters, and pushrods, changed pushrods to adjustable ones, to try for another position (collapse of lifter...) Nothing worked, noise eventually came back...

We did all of the changes, and tweeks, the only solution was Velvet Touch lifters and lifer blocks. Pretty picey, but never heard another peep out of the valves....

Doc

Posted on Oct 03, 2009

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