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At 20,000 miles, my 2004 HD Road King started making a kind of rubbing or grinding noise from the right side of the motor below the air cleaner. What's the most likely problem?

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Cam chain shoes? Get it checked ASAP. If the shoe(s) fail completely, you are in for a big expense as it spreads broken pieces throughout the motor by poor design.

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