Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
Twin Power 34 Tooth Compensator Eliminator Install
Last week I installed the Twin Power 34 Tooth Compensator Eliminator Sprocket and the Twin Power Manual Primary Tensioner.
Very easy, instructions were clear from Twin Power for both the sprocket and manual tensioner install.
I had to loosen the clutch pack which was easy on the 2016 Road Glide Ultra. Just remove the large snap ring in the center of the clutch pack, remove the large rod, then using the Jim's sprocket locking tool, loosen the clutch pack locking nut (clockwise to loosen and counter clockwise to tighten).
Make sure to loosen the SE compensator bolt first, but don't remove the compensator assembly when loosening the clutch pack nut. This made it easier for me to put things back together.
The Road Glide Ultra has the 3 1/4 inch compensator bolt and requires the use of the large tapered washer when installing the sprocket (large flat washer goes inside of the sprocket and against the rotor housing). The large tapered washer goes on the outside the of the sprocket with the tapered facing out and the flat side against the sprocket.
Torque to 145 to 165 ft pounds. I torqued mine to 160 ft pounds.
Install the large rod back into the clutch, reinstall the center thrush bearing (I think that's what its called), then reinstall the snap ring.
The tensioner install that after installing the sprocket. I didn't get that special wrench with this tensioner kit. No big deal, I used needle nose vise grips to gently move the adjusting nut, just below the tensioner shoe. The locking nut using a 9/16th open box wrench. Hold the adjusting nut with the needle nose vice grips, then use the 9/16th wrench to lock down the adjustment once you have the tension you're looing for. I adjusted my tension to 5/8" slack.
Performance: Well, I've had this now on for 500 miles. Testing is pretty easy as I commute 124 miles round trip every day to work. I will let you know that the tensioner shoe makes a whine initially for a few hundred miles, not anything obnoxious, but definitely noticeable. It settles down and you don't hear it too much. I hear it on start up and then the sound goes away.
I can definitely feel a difference in the friction zone. I feel more control of the friction zone with this Twin Power Sprocket. Before the friction zone felt pulsating and I would say this was due to the SE style compensator. Also acceleration, much more impressive now, very snappy, but not jerk your head snappy. I have 32,000 miles on my 2016 Road Glide Ultra and she performance like I've added cams or increased air flow. I had S&S easy start 585 cams and Arlen Ness Inverted Big Sucker. Had to remove the cams and other things due to water and salt entering the engine. That is another post for another time. I learned a lot from that experience.
Back to the Twin Power 34 Tooth Compensator Eliminator Sprocket - YES, that garbling noise in the primary is now GONE. She fires up immediately, no hesitation, no couple of cranks. NOPE just hit the start switch and vroom.... and potato potato... Nice.
I've attached the photos of my install, I can say I'm very glad and very happy that I made this switch! The only time I feel any engine pulses is when I'm sitting in my driveway, bike is in neutral and I'm holding the rear brake. My driveway has a slight incline and I can feel just an every so slight pulse.
Stop and go traffic seems to be much easier, the clutch is easier to engage, neutral is easy to find when she is running. The biggest difference, when I accelerate, she has no lag, no more compensator noise and very responsive.
I'll keep you posted as I rack the miles, but I expect this to continue to make me smile!
I hope you find this helpful if you are thinking about doing something similar.