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Offline jrobinson

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Going under the Knife
« on: August 24, 2017, 11:11:52 AM »
I bought my 2005 Ultra Classic in Feb of 2012. It had 17k  on the speedo at the time. Now at 86k I'm starting to hear the ticking of the poorly designed cam chain tensioners.  Over the last couple days, I've also heard a whine coming from the engine. Since Sandy wasn't nearby when I heard the noise, I'm guessing the cam bearings are going also.

So over the weekend I plan to tear into the cam chest and replace inner cam bearings along with the 2 cam chain tensioners. While on the jack, I'll replace the rear tire and worn rear brake pads. Hopefully all my parts will be delivered as promised.

I'll be documenting with pics and video, so stay tuned if you want to see a Harley stripped down to the bare bones.


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Re: Going under the Knife
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2017, 11:43:51 AM »
Ha!  I'mmmm tellllllling Sannnnnnndyyyyyyyyy
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Re: Going under the Knife
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2017, 12:18:34 PM »
I'm pretty sure she knows that she's a whiner.



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Re: Going under the Knife
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2017, 06:37:15 PM »
You should not ride so much.  Riding that much will KILL a moorsickle!

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Re: Going under the Knife
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2017, 09:10:27 PM »
I can quit anytime you know.



« Last Edit: August 24, 2017, 09:14:04 PM by jrobinson »

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Re: Going under the Knife
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2017, 09:12:18 PM »
Not much progress, but it is progress.








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Re: Going under the Knife
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2017, 08:49:05 PM »
Almost to the bottom. Start rebuilding soon














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Re: Going under the Knife
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2017, 04:14:16 PM »
From what I have seen so far, engine is the LEAST of your problems.
When was the last time that bike saw soap?
I dare not ask about wax? :-\

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Re: Going under the Knife
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2017, 05:08:51 PM »
Can't wash em while you're riding.

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Re: Going under the Knife
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2017, 06:41:06 PM »
That's a Robinson Harley. It doesn't need soap to be cool 8)
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Re: Going under the Knife
« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2017, 06:43:43 PM »
From what I have seen so far, engine is the LEAST of your problems.
When was the last time that bike saw soap?
I dare not ask about wax? :-\

Who stole Don's password and is posting under his name?
Loose nut holding the handlebars

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Re: Going under the Knife
« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2017, 10:01:02 AM »
From what I have seen so far, engine is the LEAST of your problems.
When was the last time that bike saw soap?
I dare not ask about wax? :-\

Who stole Don's password and is posting under his name?

Says the guy with a filthy sludge trap.....
I WILL see this place cleaned up  :o

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Re: Going under the Knife
« Reply #12 on: August 27, 2017, 10:03:22 AM »
Can't wash em while you're riding.

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I think some of that thick layer buildup of bug juice got into your engine via osmosis, I heard it is VERY corrosive

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Re: Going under the Knife
« Reply #13 on: August 27, 2017, 11:59:55 AM »
Can't wash em while you're riding.

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I think some of that thick layer buildup of bug juice got into your engine via osmosis, I heard it is VERY corrosive
Not as corrosive as other stuff.

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Re: Going under the Knife
« Reply #14 on: September 10, 2017, 06:05:46 PM »
Going back together.

Out with the old, in with the new.


New tensioner pulled back off the chain. This makes installing the cams back into the chest easier.


Cam plate with new cam bearings back in cam chest


Primary chain installed


Valve train with the breather plates removed.


Push rods, silver for intake and black for exhaust. Push rod tubes before clips added.