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Harley's "SE" Compensator,....Why?

This fall I'll have approx. 43k on the bike. At that point I was thinking of up-gradeing to the "SE" compensator but, why? What clear cut advantage is there to the "SE" comp, over OME? Maybe, I'm showing my ignorance here but, can someone explain to me the technical abvantage.

Also while in the primary area I thought I would change the clutch plates and spring. Are there better clutch plates than Harley's "SE's"

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HD stock compensators in the 2007 to 2010 models have a weaker spring and a different ramp angle and this resulted in poor starter performance such as starter clunk, grinding and starter stall and at first HD did not reconize this as a problem with the compensator sprocket and refered to this problem as "Normal". After time HD got tired of waranty starters because the dealer woud replace the starter when actually it was the compensator sprocket that was cause of the problem. I don't have all the facts on hand right now because I am on the road but I believe that 2011 was the first year HD switched to SE compensator sprocket in the Road Glides with the 103 engine and made it standard equipment in all of the 2012 touring models. The SE compensator has a different ramp angle and stronger springs which took care of the issues caused by the earlier stock compensators. Check to make sure but depending on the year of your bike you may already have the SE compensator in your primary.


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Well my understanding of the SE comp, and im sure ill be corrected if im wrong, it can withstand more abuse then the stock. They are factory installed on the CVO models and 2011s and up non CVO models. The "stock" comps came from the older motors and were installed on the newer 96"ers but were a common failure because the couldnt withstand the added torque the larger displacement motors made. I can say though when mine failed i upgraded to the SE version and it made a vast improvement with shifting, finding neutral and the overall performance of the engine. It seemed to me that it made the motor feel alil tighter when it came to going through the gears

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Ok, mine is a 2010 FLTRX so, for sure I don't have the "SE" Comp......right?


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Nope. My 2010 fltrx didn't. Mines a 113 and would bottom out spring when starting. Installed SE and all is good !

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Ok, mine is a 2010 FLTRX so, for sure I don't have the "SE" Comp......right?
If its a 96" then you do not have the SE comp

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The SE comp design may have stronger spring and better ramps to better resist bottoming out. But it's just as prone to wearing out, in fact I'd say it's probably going to wear out at the same rate as yours. I have a lot of wear on my compensator last time I looked at it in late May. I've had the SE compensator from day one (2012 103") and it's noisy and has been since new...

Maybe Harley will figure out a real fix for this poorly redesigned component, some day.

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Ok, I'll call Horney Toad HD in Texas and start getting some pricing. Is there a better set of clutch plates than HD, "SE's? Don't really want to go with another design.....


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Ok, I'll call Horney Toad HD in Texas and start getting some pricing. Is there a better set of clutch plates than HD, "SE's? Don't really want to go with another design.....
Do you really need new clutch plates? If so I'd say Barnett is a go to company. I would skip Barnetts Kelvar plates, I think they're finicky. HD is fine also. Honestly for a street bike without major upgrades I'd choose by price. :-)

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Ok, I'll call Horney Toad HD in Texas and start getting some pricing. Is there a better set of clutch plates than HD, "SE's? Don't really want to go with another design.....
If youve had pretty much 40+k trouble free miles with the stock clutches then id say stick with what works. Thats assuming you need to replace the clutches. The MoCo clutches are pretty durable if you keep everything adjusted properly

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