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Old 5th May 2006
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Default vibration problem solved - CHECK YOUR FRONT ENGINE MOUNT BOLT!!

I have 2004 1200 custom I bought new in Feb, 2004. I love it but needed more power so I had the dealer do the stage 2 kit which included air cleaner, 44 mm carb, cams, exhaust and 7000 rpm ign module. This was done last year with 10,000 miles on the bike. This year I noticed an increase in vibration. It got so bad that the mirrors would blur at idle. The bike now has 17,000 miles on it and runs real good. I took it to the dealer to have them check the vibration. They were busy and had it for 2 weeks. After two of the mechanics and the service manager rode the bike, all said there was a slight vibration but it seemed normal. The service manager added that he had never ridden new rubber mounted sportster with that many miles on it and that may be what happens over time.

They didn't charge me anything and I got a free bike wash. When I got home I looked over the bike in the garage and noticed the large thru bolt in the fromt rubber motor mount. There was no thread showing where the nut was on the bolt. I removed the right foot peg and rear brake pedal to gain access to the nut. With a 1 inch socket on it I was able to tighten it up about 2 full turns. Guess what, no more vibration. Anyone with a similar proble may want to check this before taking it to a shop.

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thanks, good to know
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Hey thanks, I'll check that tonight. My '04 has 21K miles on it and does vibrate a little more than when it was new.
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It took two weeks for your stealer to NOT find it? Time for a new stealer?
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Good information....

I'm not having an excessive vibration problem, but I'm going to check it out anyway.....
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Thanks for the tip. I don't have a vibration problem either, but it will save me tons of time if I ever do.
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My wifes 04 1200 custom has the same problem it vibrates like heck. I read this thread and went right out and checked the through bolt and sure enough it is loose. You can turn it with your fingers. So I will get right on that this weekend and hopefully that will cure it. Thanks Ron for the tip.
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Don't forget to use Lock-Tite on every nut and bolt that came loose, if it did it before it'll do it again, only next time it'll happen in the middle of nowhere!!!
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See the problems you get when the engine isn't bolted straight to the frame! Jeez!
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I'll check mine out as well, anyone know the torque for this nut?
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