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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-11-2014, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
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Vibration stops when clutch engaged

I recently picked up a 2012 Custom with approx 7,800 miles on it. Since day one I have felt a vibration mainly in the floor boards and seat when moving. The vibration stops at any speed as soon as I engage the clutch. So, that has eliminated several of my ideas as to the vibration. ( Tires, Alignment, etc) I understand that it is a Harley and they do vibrate. This is my third one in several years and have never had this issue.
I have been reading that several people have had problems with the Compensator Nut being loose and having issues with sprocket. I am trying to solve the issue by process of elimination.

I took bike out the other day and thought that I heard a clunking noise coming from the primary but was unsure if that was normal.

Is there any way to check Compensator Nut without pulling primary cover off? If it is the compensator, am I better off upgrading to an aftermarket set up.

Any suggestions or comments would help
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no way to check the compensator, that I know of , without pulling the primary.
Also check your exhaust , make sure its not touching the frame anywhere it can cause strange vibrations
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Sorry, can't help ya on this one. I have 15k on mine and haven't had this particular issue.


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I recently picked up a 2012 Custom with approx 7,800 miles on it. Since day one I have felt a vibration mainly in the floor boards and seat when moving. The vibration stops at any speed as soon as I engage the clutch. So, that has eliminated several of my ideas as to the vibration. ( Tires, Alignment, etc) I understand that it is a Harley and they do vibrate. This is my third one in several years and have never had this issue.
I have been reading that several people have had problems with the Compensator Nut being loose and having issues with sprocket. I am trying to solve the issue by process of elimination.

I took bike out the other day and thought that I heard a clunking noise coming from the primary but was unsure if that was normal.

Is there any way to check Compensator Nut without pulling primary cover off? If it is the compensator, am I better off upgrading to an aftermarket set up.

Any suggestions or comments would help
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I checked exhaust and all is tight. When starting the bike, it sometimes has what I would describe as a hesitation before turning over. I have not noticed if it happens if bike is hot or cold. I tried listening for a clanking noise coming from primary but did not hear anything. Bike is due for all fluids change. When i drain primary, I will take entire primary cover off.

What should I look for? It is driving me crazy.

Thank you all again for your help.
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I hesitation or "drag" during starter crank can mean you have a failed compression release if it's more promenant when hot that would even prove this symptom more true if it's more when cold it could mean your losing cranking amps on a weak or tired battery
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My 13 has the same issue. No its not the exhaust. Mine is just like yours as stated. Vibration until you pull the clutch in and then it's smooth as silk. I'm gonna tear mine down in a month or 2. I'm gonna ditch the shitty chain tensioner for a manual set up. I'll also tear apart the compensator.

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You say vibrations go away if the clutch is pulled this May be a bad clutch spring or 2 or other clutch pack issue
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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-15-2014, 07:44 PM
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Could be anything in the primary. Only way to find out is to pull it apart.

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