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Anyone have any real world experience with aftermarket rocker arm bolt sleeves? I guess the noise from the slop doesn't bother some, but it does me. I see Rocker Locker and Rockout products as brass sleeves you press in to take up the play between the bolts and rocker arm shaft. Seems like a good idea to me. I want to pull the tops to replace my umbrella valves anyway, so it would be a good time to do it. Grab some fresh gaskets while I'm at it.

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Yep.
The Rocker Lockers work great on mine.
http://www.sportsterpedia.com/doku.p...ker_arm_shafts
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Ha! This time I did find the SP page before you linked it!
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My engine is quieter with them. good product.
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Randall, I installed them in my 2004, and will install them in my other two. I think the photo in Sportsterpedia May be the witness marks on my bolt, significant.
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I'm wondering about brands. Rockoff claims Rocker Locker stole his installation method, and says his materials are different. Wondering if any of that really matters.
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I don't know which came first, the chicken or the egg.
I haven't used Rockoffs so I can't comment on construction.
Bought my Rocker Lockers from Xlforum vendor-supporters, DK Customs.
And I can say that installation was easy.
To me, a company that needs to trash their competition to sell their product may not have a good enough product that sells itself.
So I personally wouldn't buy the Rockoffs due to the way they do business alone.
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Bullet cases can do the same, hope Winchester won't sue you. LOL
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Didn't know DK Customs was a part of the crew. I will go that route as well.
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Just put an order with DK Custom. Surprised from a quick Google at how many off brands from China and elsewhere are calling themselves Rocker Lockers. Seems they are all using the brand name as a generic name for the parts themselves, like how Frigidaire used to be used to mean any refrigerator back in my parents era.

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