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post #31 of 185 (permalink) Old 08-10-2014, 05:05 PM
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This is the packaging it came in from BDL.
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post #32 of 185 (permalink) Old 08-10-2014, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you Mike for posting the pics of the comp. With all the crap going on at my place I didn't think to chronicle the install. I got about 80 miles on it today and I can say I'm happy with it. The bike starts and shifts nice and it's quiet. So much so that now I can hear every other ungodly noise my motor is making . Any way so far so good.

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Thank you Mike for posting the pics of the comp. With all the crap going on at my place I didn't think to chronicle the install. I got about 80 miles on it today and I can say I'm happy with it. The bike starts and shifts nice and it's quiet. So much so that now I can hear every other ungodly noise my motor is making . Any way so far so good.
My pleasure, Rob!
I'm glad that it worked out well for you.
I'll take pics of the install I'm hoping to do tomorrow and will post them also for those that would like to see.
I hope those on the fence read our posts to see that the BDL appears to be a well machined product.
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My pleasure, Rob!
I'm glad that it worked out well for you.
I'll take pics of the install I'm hoping to do tomorrow and will post them also for those that would like to see.
I hope those on the fence read our posts to see that the BDL appears to be a well machined product.
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Hopefully it will help others out with these compensators. I've posted every email i received from their tech support.

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I was able to put about 100 miles or so on the BDL before I left for SW. All was great until about 3/4 of the way to SW when I noticed i had aquired a knocking type noise. Stopped in neutral with the clutch lever released I hear the knocking noise, squeeze the lever to engage the clutch keeping the trans in neutral the noise changes pitch or goes away. The noise does sound like it's coming from the primary. I checked the engine oil and it is full and i still have normal oil pressure and riding to and from SW I was running anywhere from 80 to 90 mph (roughly 3 to 3300 rpms) and the noise hasn't changed which leads me to believe it is compensator related because I dont think the engine would withstand that kind of riding for a couple days without grenading on me. I will be opening up the primary again sometime today to see what it looks like in there

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Rlaf75, I also have the BDL compensator installed and I'm running the Hayden M6 tensioner. I have about 750mi on my comp and I notice the same noise at idle in neutral with clutch released. I pulled my cover and checked the compensator and it wasn't moving freely, like it was seized up. I emailed BDL and they said it's normal, that the comp will move when it needs to compensate. I think that now we are hearing the gears in the tranny rattle together since the BDL compensator isn't freely taking up all the shock in the drivetrain. There is Harley bulletin M1304 I think that suggests the noise is normal. I just never had the noise until now either...
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I haven't had a chance to tear into yet but if theyre saying that noise is "normal" then I'm taking it back out and putting the worn out SE comp back in because I never had that noise before either. Its a horrible racket. The bike runs great and strong for a stocker but that knocking is rediculous. I'll have to look into that service bulletin. Thanks

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Took the outer primary cover off again today to see if I can locate that knocking noise. Upon initial inspection I could not see anything out of the ordinary so I decided to take it apart. Put the socket and 18" breaker bar on the compensator bolt fully expecting it to be alil tough to remove since the BDL instructions said to torque the bolt to factory specs which is 140ft lbs. I started to apply pressure and was shocked that it didn't take much force to remove the bolt or at least not 140 lbs worth of force. I continued to the clutch basket and removed that nut which was torqued to 80ft lbs and it seemed that it was tighter than the compensator bolt. Any way I inspected the inner bearing on the clutch basket which looked good. Everything seemed good with the BDL so I reassembled everything and torqued the compensator bolt according to service manual spec (torque to 100lbs then loosen 1 full turn then retorque to 140lbs) which the BDL instructions say to follow. Readjusted the clutch put oil in it and went for a ride. The noise does seem better (much quieter). I put about 50 hard miles on it and again the noise is still there but it does seem to be quieter. I'm gonna continue to ride it and see what happens. If it gets louder I will put my wasted SE compensator back in and see it the noise is still there. In the mean time I will contact BDL to see what they tell me, after all this noise wasn't there before. I'll keep any one interested posted on what happens.

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Rob, I had the same problem with mine. When I took it apart I couldn't believe that the main bolt holding the BDL in was only hand tight.
The bike was running fine and shifting better then ever. The only thing that made me take the primary cover off was the god awful knocking noise I heard.
When I get it all back together I have to make sure that I torque it as the manual says. 100 ft. lbs. back off one full turn then re torque to 140 ft. lbs.
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Rob, I had the same problem with mine. When I took it apart I couldn't believe that the main bolt holding the BDL in was only hand tight.
The bike was running fine and shifting better then ever. The only thing that made me take the primary cover off was the god awful knocking noise I heard.
When I get it all back together I have to make sure that I torque it as the manual says. 100 ft. lbs. back off one full turn then re torque to 140 ft. lbs.
Hope this works for us.
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Yeah it was running and shifting great. That noise made me take it apart too. I was shocked that the bolt was so loose. The only thing I can think of is the Nylatron washers get hot and softened up which caused the bolt to become loose. I retorqued it and rode it to get it hot again and beat it up pretty good. The knocking noise is still there but quieter. What really freaked me out was I was about 300 miles from home heading to SW and all of a sudden I'm getting this knocking noise. I'm gonna try to get some more miles on it tomorrow and see what happens

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