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View Poll Results: Cylinder Head Temp, What is too hot
350 deg F 24 32.88%
400 deg F 19 26.03%
450 deg F 19 26.03%
somewhere over 500 deg F 11 15.07%
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Actually, that's a Trick Question. It all depends on ambient temperature. Mineral or synthetic oil? Synthetic will not break down with the high heat as quickly as mineral oil. Here in Texas, it's damn hot in the summer so I run a Lockhart oil cooler. Helps keep the oil and head temperatures down to livable.
My local harley dealer told me back in the 80s that sportsters run hot and the oil coolers sold are nothing but for show you would need a oil cooler 10 times as big as the cooler that wer selling at the time to do any noticeable difference in the oil temp.and not waste my money and use it to buy the best oil available.he did not sell them at the shop.

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That shows you how much some dealers know....

All of my HD's have an oil cooler.

An Ironhead is really an oil cooled motor with an air assist.

Ask a Shriner about an oil cooler!
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I know when mine is too hot.

It will run when I pull out the key and run till the float bowl empties.

Jila Bend Arizona was one place I experienced this over heating effect. No temp gauge.
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