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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-06-2016, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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New RG ultra...Too much vibration

Just recently picked up my new FLTRU. Had the dealer install V&H power duals, raider mufflers w/quiet baffles, ventilater ac, and SE race tuner. Was noticing a little more vibration than normal from the get go. At the first wash around 100 miles, I noticed one of the heat shields was touching the tranny cover. Took it back and they readjusted it. Did not make any difference.
This vibration starts at approx. 2K and gets worse with rpms, any gear, any speed, even in neutral. It's a buzzing type vibration and is felt in the handlebars, seat, shifter, and clutch and brake handles. After two rides of around 150 miles I felt like I had been on an ironhead sporty. At this point I should mention that I've been riding Harley touring bikes ( EG's ) since 2002 and have over 100k miles on them and have been riding two wheels for 40 years. I've never had one that felt like this, not even close. It currently has 700 miles and feels like it's getting worse instead of better.
I've looked closely for any other contact w/exhaust but don't see any. At delivery the dealer I think used a stage one flash for temporary use until I get it on the dyno, but it's running pretty good so I don't feel like its a tuning issue. I absolutely love this bike. Compared to the batwings the handling is unbelievable.
My fear is getting the "they all do that" from HD, or it's within spec.
Any ideas ? Anyone deal with this issue? Telling someone my Harley has a vibration sounds like the start of a good joke.
I will take it to the dealer soon, but just wanted to get a few more miles to monitor if it's getting any worse.
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You know it's not right....The dealer installed the parts; take it back and make them fix it.

It's impossible to diagnose something like this over the internet. Could be anything from the brake lever touching the headpipe to a slipped crank.

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You know it's not right....The dealer installed the parts; take it back and make them fix it.

It's impossible to diagnose something like this over the internet. Could be anything from the brake lever touching the headpipe to a slipped crank.
I agree 100%. My 15 and now my 16 are smooth as silk. Differently something going on. Once on my 04 Ultra, the D&D Fatcat header pipe was touching the footboard bracket only after I was on the bike and in gear riding. I searched and searched for the vibration. Finally I saw some marks on the pipe. What I finally figured out was when in gear and moving, the belt put enough torque on the engine to pull it over just enough to touch the footboard bracket. I loosened the bracket on the transmission for the pipe, used a big screw driver and moved the pipe and tighten the bracket back up. Never a vibration again.
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If it's a true vibration, your heat shield touching the tranny wouldn't produce that.

On the other hand, if it's a rattling noise, check the center bolt that attaches your air cleaner to the bike. If it's loose, it'll shake. It happened to mine, I thought my engine was falling apart.


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Like already stated above, take it back and have them fix it.
They need to make it right.
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Tuning issue?
Check all engine mounting points?
Or lastly, the crank is sissored?
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My 2015 RGS vibrated with a "canned map". Once I got a proper dyno tune, smooth as glass.
Note: Dealers don't always allow enough time for techs to perform a thorough tune. I trailered mine to Doc's in Florida.
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Tuning issue?
Check all engine mounting points?
Or lastly, the crank is sissored?
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Don't really think it's tuning and mounting points have been checked. Hoping it's not the latter, but I'd rather it happen now than out on the road somewhere later.
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If it's a true vibration, your heat shield touching the tranny wouldn't produce that.

On the other hand, if it's a rattling noise, check the center bolt that attaches your air cleaner to the bike. If it's loose, it'll shake. It happened to mine, I thought my engine was falling apart.


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Exactly, only touch the frame by way of footboard brackets is what I was talking about. The motor and transmission is rubber isolated from the frame, etc.
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If it's a true vibration, your heat shield touching the tranny wouldn't produce that.

On the other hand, if it's a rattling noise, check the center bolt that attaches your air cleaner to the bike. If it's loose, it'll shake. It happened to mine, I thought my engine was falling apart.


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Read the post again, never said touching the tranny, the mount is on the tranny that I loosened to get the pipe away from the floorboard brackets.
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