Haven't posted in a LONG time. But, I gotta vent a bit. I took my 13 FLTRU in last Nov with a shy 11k miles for a knocking/rattling noise in the lower end. Dealer replaced lifters, installed ez adjustable pushrods, replaced compensator with new style, and adjust clutch. It started knocking again shortly after getting it back.
Fast forward to last month. Got back from 3k+ mile trip. After washing bike, fired up to dry engine off. At about 2k rpm, sounded like marbles rattling around in engine! Had wife hold gas for me, and I couldn't narrow it down for nothing! Loud on either left or right side, mostly front cylinder, not down low, not up high, kind of middle of cylinder. Tried stethescope, no help.
So, back to dealer she goes. Of course once off trailer, we couldn't hear the marbles! Well, it's been almost a month, and we're going to replace tensioners with aftermarket and install Axtell oil bypass kit, at my expense, minus cost of factory parts. He also felt a vibration I hadn't. Found clutch hub with chatter marks, and trans output shaft bearing shot. In addition, compensator is shot again! Damn! I put 7k miles on since the last warranty work, and here we are doing it again, and then some! So here we are waiting on a seal hoping to have it back together next week, just to see if it's fixed!
This is my 3rd HD in the past 7 years, with a combined mileage of 70k miles. This is the ONLY bike that's been to the shop for warranty work, and to be honest, my confidence is a bit shaken. In fact, since I started riding street again 14 years ago, this is the ONLY bike to go in for warranty work out of a dozen or so bikes and 140K miles!
Maybe I'm just spoiled, lucky, or both, but this one is pissing me off! My eyes have started to wander! If I don't get back on two wheels soon, I'm gonna go nuts! Hmm, perfect excuse to get that springer or shovel I've been wanting for awhile?
Sorry for the rant, but it seems to me either HD QC is in the crapper, or they've reached/exceeded the design limits with these 103's on the heavy bikes, or both. I didn't have any issues with a 96/107 on my dyna, or a 96 on my FLTRX, but this 103 has been a rattly bitch since early on! Definitely regretting selling the dyna and X to get this one! Guess that's what I get for betraying the faithful ones! Oh well, maybe next weekend we'll be back in the saddle! I hope!