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Swingarm pivot shaft fit poor

Removed pivot shaft at 20,000 for inspection. Fit through trans case and at end support bearings -.007or more. Harley does not publish that information in their service manual and the Harley Dealer could not tell me the wear limits or if the condition was unsafe. Harley customer service stonewalled the issue telling me the fit of the pivot shaft was proprietary information not for the public.
The shaft did not look worn, as the original tooling marks from manufacture were still visible on the bearing interface surfaces. Also there were no overt signs of wear on the support bearings. While riding there is a hard feel from the rear indicative of metal to metal hammering.
I have no way of knowing if I replace the shaft with new if it will fit any better. I would have at least expected a slip fit to a light press fit on those components. I think Harley blew me off to avoid a warranty repair.

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.007 (about the thickness of a piece of flagging tape for reference) maybe within spec.
Check your bike over thoroughly to see if you can find the source of the hammering sound. Use a flashlight, remove bags and trunk, these trunks do make some noise. Also check mufflers and supports particularly under the bags where they have sliding type mount.
If you don't find anything after inspection, do this.
File a complaint with the NHTSA right away, let the dealer and Harley know this.
File a complaint with the local BBB, it does not usually do any good, but it will be on their record.

Keep after them until you feel comfortable that it is OK or it's fixed.

Posted on May 14, 2010


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