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Inner primary leak, base gasket leak.

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Simply, the rocker box and cylinder will have to come off to replace the cylinder base gasket. And the out and inner primary will have to come off to replace the gasket. Of course all the stuff attached to the cylinder and the primaries will have to come off too. Not to mention the primary chain, clutch assembly and compensator sproket inside the primart case. It's a minor/major job in a shop.

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06 Road king inner primary leak where shift lever comes out, seal was leaking...Under warranty fixed no charge, no further issues!

I have heard of this same leak on the V-twin Harleys due to normal motor vibration "unbalanced" which is normal on the older models the 2008's and newer baggers have a differant mounting system that eliminates the vibration/ jumping/ loping/ which again is a normal Harley engine

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