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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-27-2018, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
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DIY or let Harley do it?

Should I pay Harley $90 to tell me itís the compensator and then pay $110 per hour for them to fix it or am I overthinking this?

My 2010 ĎGlide is making a knocking/holysh$t noise when the motor runs that sounds like itís coming from a cylinder but likely is coming from the primary. It sounds almost exactly like this (but amplified since the primary cover is still on) https://youtu.be/jCrYmFbLKQs

The bike recently started backfiring on start and exhibiting compensator symptoms.

I am mechanically inclined. But Iím not familiar with my bikeís innards so wouldnít know if other parts were worn by looking at them.

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Do it yourself. Once the outer primary is off,put bike in neutral and try to move clutch basket. Watch compensator sprocket,if it moves back and forth it's bad. Not a hard job to replace. I went with Vulcan engineering sprocket,no comp to wear out. Been on bike for 70k.
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If you're ok with a wrench then do it yourself; there are a few good vids on Youtube which can help you.
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DIY or let Harley do it?

What FDR and Phantom said.
Since Youíre mechanically inclined itís not a difficult job at all.
I also installed the Vulcan Engineering Solid Sprocket and am very happy with it.
No more clunking noise and neutral is much easier to find.
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My concern isnít the doing so much as the diagnosing. I donít know what wear looks like on a Harley because itís my first Harley. Think Iím going to pay Harley to diagnose it and take it from there.

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Not telling you to spend money at the dealership. If you're mechanically inclined, you can do the work yourself and save some money. However, I will tell you that if you go with the upgraded Screamin Eagle compensator kit, there are a couple things you need to know. The inner primary will have to come off because the kit comes with an upgraded rotor, you will need the 2 part epoxy to hold the new drip tray in place inside the outer primary cover and you will need a T70 torx bit to tighten the new compensator bolt down. Just a heads up so you don't get your bike partially torn down and then find these things out.
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Not telling you to spend money at the dealership. If you're mechanically inclined, you can do the work yourself and save some money. However, I will tell you that if you go with the upgraded Screamin Eagle compensator kit, there are a couple things you need to know. The inner primary will have to come off because the kit comes with an upgraded rotor, you will need the 2 part epoxy to hold the new drip tray in place inside the outer primary cover and you will need a T70 torx bit to tighten the new compensator bolt down. Just a heads up so you don't get your bike partially torn down and then find these things out.
Great info. Thanks, man.

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Yes it's ok to overthikit, most mechanic' knowing or not know " thought is action in reshersal", set your time and make time, doesn't have to be all at once, hell it's gonna rain for the 3 months, that and your paying yourself for setting on your butt. Its like free beer.
I havn t done one though at least would take it apart to see and work forward from there` if you have a cozy place to do it.
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Do it yourself. Get the manual, required parts, tools you might need or anything @crazy4ink suggested, take your time then perform the job. In the long run you will be learning and saving money as well as being able to say "look what I did"! Good luck!
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Should I pay Harley $90 to tell me itís the compensator and then pay $110 per hour for them to fix it or am I overthinking this?

My 2010 ĎGlide is making a knocking/holysh$t noise when the motor runs that sounds like itís coming from a cylinder but likely is coming from the primary. It sounds almost exactly like this (but amplified since the primary cover is still on) https://youtu.be/jCrYmFbLKQs

The bike recently started backfiring on start and exhibiting compensator symptoms.

I am mechanically inclined. But Iím not familiar with my bikeís innards so wouldnít know if other parts were worn by looking at them.

Its not a real hard job, but you will need a few things. You'll need a strut to lock the sprockets so you can run the bolt and nut off. You can make it of buy one off ebay cheap enough. 6 inches end to end. A torque wrench that goes to 165 pounds ft. You'll also need a large torx bit for the SE bolt and a thread chaser to clean the crank threads. Amazon is your friend on those, 9/16x12 and T-70 IIRC. And you should get a service manual. You'll be pulling the inner primary, so lots of bolts to torque and so on.

There is also an adhisive kit required to attach the oil deflector. You can buy the whole kit from the MoCo or get some off of Amazon. 3M and Loctite both make their own versions of it.

Even if you decide not to do it, it would be less expensive if you took it to an Indy shop.


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