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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 10-15-2015, 08:05 AM Thread Starter
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15/16 Rushmore lifter noise

Just wanted to throw this out there with so many new RG's on this forum. My 15 didn't seem to have much lifter noise but the 16 is awful. It doesn't do it on every start up but at least twice a week the front exhaust lifter (that's the one it seems) rattles like hell for at least 2 to 3 minutes at times. No rhyme or reason, can be on hot start up, cold start up, makes no difference when it happens. The other day I started it and it was quiet and me and another riding buddy jumped down on it and ran it up to about 4500-5000 rpm's and it sounded like all of the lifters hadn't pumped up. I'm to the point of changing them out to S&S premium lifters to have piece of mind. I talked to my service guy and he told me that he is having the occasional complaint about lifter noise. He said that increased the oiling hole on the lifter on the new 103s and believes this is what causes it. I have low mileage so I know this isn't going to stop. I've known two other people that have had this same problem with the new bikes and both changed theirs out.

Has any of you experienced this? Would like to start a list get an idea how wide spread this is. Thanks ahead of time.
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I would ask the dealer to warranty the labor and put S&S Premium lifters in it.
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If you are going to change lifters I would suggest Adjustable pushrods so you can set the proper preload on lifter.
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If you are going to change lifters I would suggest Adjustable pushrods so you can set the proper preload on lifter.
Nope, gonna pull the rocker covers and use the standard pushrods. I have done both but when I can, I try and use the standard rods unless going with a high lift cam. Then I use SE tapered adjustable
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Widespread?
Those imported lifters are sub-standard.
One of the reasons we use an S&S adjustable pushrod is to insure full lifter pre-load to be maintained when the engine is at full thermal expansion.
.140" is the number we set our stocking S&S lifters at, and then the use of the proper viscosity engine oil, for the ambient air temps which is stated in the service manuals.
Very quiet engine operation at that point, as this is the method/procedure/parts we've used here, from years of experience.
Anyone can do what they wish, but we will not deviate from our learned methodology, and out clients appreciate that.
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Those imported lifters are sub-standard.
One of the reasons we use an S&S adjustable pushrod is to insure full lifter pre-load to be maintained when the engine is at full thermal expansion.
.140" is the number we set our stocking S&S lifters at, and then the use of the proper viscosity engine oil, for the ambient air temps which is stated in the service manuals.
Very quiet engine operation at that point, as this is the method/procedure/parts we've used here, from years of experience.
Anyone can do what they wish, but we will not deviate from our learned methodology, and out clients appreciate that.
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I agree Scott, although we shouldn't have to do this with a new engine. The manufacturer should have the will to build a new engine that operates within the desired specs. As we have seen many times, some don't even come close. The lifters are just another case along with the main shaft bearing on the 6 speeds that have had their share of problems. It sad actually that experts as yourself have to go thru the effort of correcting something that should not even have to be addressed. Thank you for the knowledge you provide!
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Your welcome, and if we can lend a hand, just grab the phone anytime.
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I have a '15RGS and it has had lifter noise from day one. I have been doing motor work on HDs for about 20 years and I know I wouldn't put out something that sounded like this. I spoke to the service dept. at Charlotte HD, where I bought bike, and they said it was normal, and not to worry about it until it breaks. To me, that is bullshit. With my luck, it breaks down when I am in the middle of no where and by myself with no cell service. He told me to ride it, it is under warranty and they will fix it if it breaks. Kind of embarrassing to be riding a brand new $30K beautiful bike that sounds like a worn out 4 cylinder car.
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We hear that same/same bs being told to clients locally as well.
Either the dealers are schooled to tell this to the customer, or their service depts. are not knowledgeable enough to diagnose and repair.
Young kids working there, last job probably being behind a McDonalds french-fry machine.
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I have a '15RGS and it has had lifter noise from day one. I have been doing motor work on HDs for about 20 years and I know I wouldn't put out something that sounded like this. I spoke to the service dept. at Charlotte HD, where I bought bike, and they said it was normal, and not to worry about it until it breaks. To me, that is bullshit. With my luck, it breaks down when I am in the middle of no where and by myself with no cell service. He told me to ride it, it is under warranty and they will fix it if it breaks. Kind of embarrassing to be riding a brand new $30K beautiful bike that sounds like a worn out 4 cylinder car.
Basically the same thing with me from day one. Dealer is non responsive as well. If mine would let me pay the difference, I would put in S&S Premium lifters. I think this winter I will do it on my own when I clean up the heads and put in .030 head gasket.
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