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Sorry I meant to say this bike comes stock with High prf cams and heads.
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I used to have a Ford Galaxie 500 that I bought for $50 which used a quart of tranny fluid every 2.5 miles.

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I had a '64, I loved that car! It was fast, and I could fit 5 spares side-by-side in the trunk!

I have no idea what the oil consumption rate on my bike is. It's too hard to determine since it leaves oil spots wherever I park it... I can't tell if it's eating oil or just pissin it!
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Dad had an old kenworth with a 318 detroit, every morning you put at least 1 gallon in the case. Smoked like a bitch on start up and sweeted out the rest. You think an amf harley leaked oil, if detroit made rocks they would leak!
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if my 2006 with 2k liles on used a qt of oil in 1500 miles i would think something is wrong , and that is excessive.
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Got a 2005 1200c that smokes like a freight train. done it since it was new. it has 2800 miles on it. put rings on front cyl. and 18094-02 valve seals on it at 1400 miles. still does it. at 2600 miles on it put a brand new head on front cyl. still smoked. went to daytona last week and talked to harley about it and they said they had no problems on sportster but they heard of it on big twins. just get it to opperating temp and rev it up and let off and see if your sportie smokes. i put the new 18094-02a seals on it and have not tried it yet. they look just like the 18094-02 seals but the rubber part is orange. i will let you know what it does thanks jeff

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How'd you ever come out on this? Don't let the MoCo screw you into thinking it's normal. More than 3 returns on the same problem and you can have them lemon-law it and then you get a new bike.

I'm with Cbay57 on riding it like you stole it. It runs good, so let it run! If opening the throttle all the way was bad, then it wouldn't open all the way!
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Anything of mine that uses a QT of oil in 1000miles is coming apart to find out why !!!
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thats funny i found this, i work at a HD dealership and am doing a warrenty fix on a 05 TC88 with this prolbem. in 05 and 06 they used different valve seals then previous years and started seeing them leak, then went to a running change in 06 with new valve seals. the ones that leak have a black seal. the new good ones are orange.
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If you develop this problem after the 2 year warranty, is HD still required to fix it under the EPA emissions warranty?

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If you develop this problem after the 2 year warranty, is HD still required to fix it under the EPA emissions warranty?

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Well that i can't answer with a positive yes. the bike i am working on now is past the warrenty time but the owner of the bike had complained about the bike burning oil at 13,000 miles and it was noted on record that the other dealership he had it serviced at said to just keep a eye on it, well he came in to the dealership i work at for a 15,000mi service and still complained about the oil. so we called HD and they picked up the whole bill to have new valve seals installed
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Well that i can't answer with a positive yes. the bike i am working on now is past the warrenty time but the owner of the bike had complained about the bike burning oil at 13,000 miles and it was noted on record that the other dealership he had it serviced at said to just keep a eye on it, well he came in to the dealership i work at for a 15,000mi service and still complained about the oil. so we called HD and they picked up the whole bill to have new valve seals installed
ON another forum, one of the guys tore apart and engine and inspected the valve seals. Seems the design of the 'old black' valve seals allows oil to 'puddle' around the base of the seal. When actuated the oil creeps into the cylinder. The new 'orange' seals have been designed so this doesn't happen anymore.
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