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What would make the front of my engine tick 1991 heritage softail

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Well this could be a number of items, but I would think your prime suspect would be a tappet (lifter). This is a hard one to figure out without being able to walk around the bike and actually listen to the motor. On the bright side if you wanted to take it to the dealer they may be able to narrow it down for as little as $50.
The real problem is the way noise travels around the engine. You could have a collasped or collasping tappet, or a bent push rod, or even something wrong in the valve train. What usually is done is that you start at the tappets / lifters and inspect them, then the pushrods, then the valve train. You either repair or replace what is worn. It can get expensive say if you need a new valve.
Sorry I can't tell you exactly what the noise is but I hope this gives you a good start.

JP

Posted on Nov 19, 2009

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