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Here's an observation about your bike. This may be or may not be an issue for you but in case you aren't aware harley felt that on earley 1000 frames starting in '73 that the rear frame section where the shocks mount wasn't strong enough and offered add on braces (part # 47087-74) that could be welded on to increase the strength.

Maybe the picture isn't clear but I don't see them on your bike,and you've mounted the shocks in a non stock position that would put more strain on the frame in that area.

When I bought my used '74 it had the braces. I'm not sure if they were add ons but there is a lot of welding spatter on them, so I'm guessing they aren't from the factory.

Maybe you've got them and I just don't see them. But if not you should keep an eye on that area for any bending or cracking.

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I absolutely love the simplistic rawness of this bike! Looks to me like the chain is pretty tight. I don't see any sag on that thing. Could it be too tight? Those output needle bearings might not like that.
Recall, a loose chain is a happy chain.
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pull that sprocket cover off and you'll see where the chain is rubbing.what front gear?23 they instruck you to clearance the chain.i use a dremel,works great.how old is the chain?you'll get a lot of side to side on a worn out chain and that will start bangin on stuff.replace it

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That bike has a lot of nice features.
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This bike looks nice.

Needspeed, I can barely see using some imagination that the add on bracket may be there but welded in a smaller triangle than intended by the factory. I do remember in May of 73 when I received the recall letter thinking WOW they actually recall bikes too. Being a youngster I hadn't been exposed to such matters. I had got my XHL Feb 5th and thought oh boy, nice way to start the season. But it was a real quick fix.

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The front sprocket is stock size, chain is brand new RK. As for the frame support brackets, it did originally have them but we cut them off. From what I gathered, they aren't necessary, but I'm sure it would be a good idea to keep an eye out for cracks or stress.

I went ahead and ordered some different shocks. At least I will know after installing them if the noise goes away.

Another note, I see a lot of ironheads that have what appear to be shovelhead shocks (the ones that have full covers). Many of them appear to be lower than stock. Is there a way to disassemble those shocks and make them lower? I like the way they look almost as much as my current shocks.
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Another note, I see a lot of ironheads that have what appear to be shovelhead shocks (the ones that have full covers). Many of them appear to be lower than stock. Is there a way to disassemble those shocks and make them lower? I like the way they look almost as much as my current shocks.
i have that type of shock on mine and if mine were to be lowered by much i would have issues with the tire rubbing on fender parts. i want to say mine are 12" eye to eye.
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and mine are 10" short shocks.no rubbin except with a worn out chain.he needs to pull the sprocket cover off and see where its rubbin
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I just measured my shocks, they are about 10.5” eye to eye. I will take off the sprocket cover soon and do some investigating, but its kinda hard to take it on any test rides now. Its about 25F outside now, and salty roads.
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thanks for doin that man.you'll find the problem doin this
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