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Is is normal to find a few metal shavings on the 2005 harley davidson fat boy oil change.There were just a few on the plug magnet.

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If there were only a few, and they were small shavings, this should be fine. Clean them off of the plug magnet, and reinstall the plug. As long as the bike runs fine, and you don't hear any abnormal sounds coming from the Engine, it should be alright. This could be due to rod, crank, or cam damage. I would have the oil pressure checked, while the engine is warm of course, to make sure it is still within factory specifications. Check the plug again at the next oil change. If the shavings keep coming, you may be looking forward to an engine rebuild. If you hear knocking, it may already be time for a rebuild.

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