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My 82 fx series has an intermentent knock after reaching op temp. It's seems to be coming from the bottom end and I can feel the vib through the kicker arm. I suspect the compensator?

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Good guess. The springs in the cup lose their "spring" over the years. You will only hear noise made by the compensaor while the engine is idling. I've never heard it going down the road but then my hearing isn't that great anymore. Too many "loud pipes" in the past. I've replaced quite a few of the spring cups over the years. Take you outer primary cover off and try to turn the spring cup with your hands. If you can, it's time to replace it.

Also, while you have your primary chain off, check you Timken bearing on the outside. Pull the sprocket shaft seal by drilling a couple of small holes in it, turn in some sheet metal screws and use something to pull the seal out with. If you put the screws in the right places, a standard claw hammer works well to pull the seal out with. With the seal out, you can see the outer Timken bearing. I've pulled the outer seal and found nothing left but the inner and outer races, no rollers at all. Use a flashlight and check for pitting or anything that might indicate wear. If you find anything there, it engine rebuild time. When installing the new seal, drive it in square and about 0.050" below the surface around the seal area. Just a bit low, doesn't have to be exact.

I once had to rebuild an '84 FX engine due to this. The bike ran very good and quiet as long as you were just cruising. But, roll the throttle on and it sounded like someone inside the engine with a sledge hammer. When I checked the outer Timken, no rollers. Still have no idea where the rollers or cage went. It's like they were never there.

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    wd4ity Nov 14, 2009

    If you're going to stay with a Shovelhead type engine, S&S makes a nice 93 cu. inch engine. I'd love to have the Shovel but I've already got a '94 FXDWG, a '69 FLH, and a '65 FL. I need another bike like I need a hole in the head.

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