Harley davidson twin cam chain tensioner problems how to save your money fast 1999-2006

1999-2006 harley davidson introduced the twin cam motor. In order to run the valve train harley went to how to save your money fast a cam chain tensioner set up utilizing a spring loaded how to save your money fast shoe putting pressure on the cam chain with push rods. They also used, and I can’ remember the technical name of the chain, an older chain design. Indeed the cam chain shoes would wear out partly because how to save your money fast of the shoe and partly because of the chain. Harley recommended getting them checked between 35 and 40K miles. Problem is they could give out ANY time and were how to save your money fast not covered under warranty. Generally when they go they break up and get sucked how to save your money fast up into the oil pump. This disrupts the oil flow and tells the computer the how to save your money fast oil level is low. This can shut the bike down. I had not heard of any major engine problems as how to save your money fast a result but you would need a new oil pump how to save your money fast and new cam shoes.

I went with a gear drive cam in my 2006. More specifically I went with the S&S 510 gear drive. This eliminates the cam chains entirely and actually produces a how to save your money fast little more horsepower by make the valve timing more accurate. It was not noisy and the 510 cam produced awesome how to save your money fast power with the stock 88ci motor. It was even better when I went up to the how to save your money fast 95ci. Parts and labor was around $1500.00 which included new push rods and lifters, which is usually necessary.

Personally, in those year bikes, I would do the gear drive cam if you plan how to save your money fast on keeping your bike for a while. Some guys rode those year bikes and never had a how to save your money fast problem. Other’s had problems at unexpected times. Harley will tell you that if you are going to how to save your money fast replace the shoes or do the upgrade you might as how to save your money fast well do new cams, its no more in labor because the cam chest is how to save your money fast already open, just the price of parts and a lifetime of reliability how to save your money fast if you go gear drive.

I watched your video on changing all the fluids. I want to do this on my own and not how to save your money fast rely on a dealership, at least for this basic stuff. So from watching the video, its possible to change all three fluids with the bike how to save your money fast on the kick stand. I have been told the bike should be upright when how to save your money fast changing fluids but from the video, leaving the bike on the stand works fine? Did I get some bad information that the bike should how to save your money fast be upright when changing fluids.

Thanks for the effort invested in informing and protecting us how to save your money fast small folks out here….The vulnerable and often blind consumers who are chasing the how to save your money fast american dream…. I’m finding conflicting information on whether the cam follower issue how to save your money fast is actually resolved in the late model bikes. For example james russel publishing states: note: but keep in mind that the crankshaft pinion shaft runout how to save your money fast (the shaft will hop up & down motion) can not exceed 3-thousands of an inch otherwise the gears will not work. Also consider your riding style. If you like to ride hard the runout (unbalancing/misaligning crankshaft webs) can easily creep beyond .003″ and the gears will clash causing catastrophic havoc to the how to save your money fast engine. There really is “no fix” for this twin-cam engine defect. Even the new hydraulic system still has chain tension shoes how to save your money fast that will eventually wear out and if you don’t catch it in time, the shoes can disintegrate just like the old spring-tension system and cause the cam chain to slap against how to save your money fast metal causing total engine failure, usually by clogging the oil pump with metal chips. And, what makes this runout situation worse? Harley-davidson used to keep the crankshaft runout balanced to about how to save your money fast 0.003″ but in the year 2011 to the current twin-cam engines the crankshafts leave the factory to allow as how to save your money fast much as 0.012″ runout which is so huge you can’t even install a gear drive kit. This means the pinion shaft is wobbling wildly right out how to save your money fast of the factory creating damaging vibrations to the valve train how to save your money fast bearings, etc.

Our suggestion is for you to get rid of the how to save your money fast chain system entirely and switch to gear driven cams for how to save your money fast the listed years. There are companies making aftermarket kits for this and without how to save your money fast labor they cost around $750. The best thing is that you will get upgraded cams how to save your money fast on top of the rest of the upgrade kit, thus more performance. If you appreciate this free content consider using our 2 how to save your money fast wheel parts supply affiliate link to purchase any of these how to save your money fast kits (S&S cycle complete gear drive 510G camshaft kit) & help support us.

Harley davidson also sells an upgrade/fix kit for around $499 (example) without labor costs. Again, we believe that harley davidson should not be selling a how to save your money fast “fix it” kit when it was their design problem in the first how to save your money fast place, but it is what you may be stuck with. This HD kit does not change it to a gear how to save your money fast driven system & you don’t get upgraded cams. Instead, it comes with hydraulic cam chain tensioner and high-flow oil pump. Harley says that the high-flow oil pump provides increased oil pressure at high-operating temperatures. It changes the chain tensioner from spring to hydraulic. This is the standard fix that harley dealerships will give how to save your money fast you unless you want to go with the gear driven how to save your money fast system and cams, which is again our first suggestion depending on you budget how to save your money fast of course.

All, you can run gear drive over the magical 0.003″ that everyone uses as the drop dead measurement. You just need to make sure that before you tighten how to save your money fast the oil pump down and the camplate down to final how to save your money fast torque that you rotate the engine over a couple of how to save your money fast times with the oil pump and camplate bolts snug so how to save your money fast everything can find its happy place due to the crankshaft how to save your money fast run-out then tighten them down. Is this approach 100% correct? No, does it work? Yes, but you will have a noisy valve train due to how to save your money fast the excessive lash between the crank and cam gear. If you can feel a wobbly vibration in the handle how to save your money fast bars and foot peg\floor boards when you wick on the throttle, guess what? Your engine has really twisted the crankshaft. The real fix for a crankshaft with excessive run out how to save your money fast is to rebuild engine and have crankshaft re-trued (if possible, I needed a new crank after a hard day hot how to save your money fast rodding my high compression 95″) then welded so it will not twist in the future. How do I know this? I went through it on my 04 electraglide. But now it is a bullet proof 103″ full roller gear drive machine.

RELATED_POSTS