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Default so far so good

Living in Michigan I haven't had a chance to take my '04 1200C Sporty out except for a handful of times for a total of about 200 miles so far this spring but I have no leaks after the dealership installed the latest rocker box covers & gaskets. Time will tell. I have a lot of riding planned for this spring/summer so I will let you all know how it goes. If you see a nuclear cloud over Pontiac, Michigan in the near future you will know that the leak has returned! Especially since my warranty ran out last week!
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I can confirm that some of the black textured tops are leakers. I bought my 06 1200r in sept.05. I am about to have my third set replaced. The leak has been in the same spot each time. The back right corner on the rear, the back left corner on the right.
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I'm a tech at a dealership, well today our service rep from harley came in. I explained that my bike has leaked twice on the front and rear cylinders. My bike is an 883r so it has the powder coated rockers. He said theres a new gasket they are going to release very soon. It will supercede the old one. No gaurantee but thats what he said. Lets hope they work.
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I'm a tech at a dealership, well today our service rep from harley came in. I explained that my bike has leaked twice on the front and rear cylinders. My bike is an 883r so it has the powder coated rockers. He said theres a new gasket they are going to release very soon. It will supercede the old one. No gaurantee but thats what he said. Lets hope they work.

I have been dealing with this issue with my 04 1200c for some time now. I thought it was fixed for the last time (third time) in January. However I went on a ride about 3 weeks ago and we were running hard. I had to show my buddy with his Screaming Eagle Fat Boy what an Xl is all about!

much to my suprise when I got home i noticed the rear was leaking again! I took it to a different stealer this time and they were awsome! For starters... they called me when they tore the bike down and told me what they found (warped lower rocker box) & what they were going to do. they called HD and found out about the new gaskets, HD agreed to pay for the whole thing and sent them right out. The stealer called me back in about an hour too tell me all this. My bike went out of warrenty 3-10-06. So i was stoked that HD would pay for it. This would also indicate they are try hard to correct the problem. Only 70 or so miles since it was fixed but i will keep yall in the loop. HD is also tracking it as the gaskets are experimental.
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Awesome, glad to hear you found some good help. They Next Day Aired me a set of those for my bike today. We're also getting a set for a customer who had a repeat leak. Hopefully this is the cure.
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I have been dealing with this issue with my 04 1200c for some time now....HD is also tracking it as the gaskets are experimental.
Tell me more about these new gaskets - they modified them once about 6-8 months ago, and the P/N for the modified gaskets is 17353-89B - are you saying there is yet another revision to the gaskets?
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Tell me more about these new gaskets - they modified them once about 6-8 months ago, and the P/N for the modified gaskets is 17353-89B - are you saying there is yet another revision to the gaskets?

I will try to get you part # info, but yes another revision. but that is a good thing! We need them to try untill they get it right.
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Default Still leaks

I had the problem on my '04 XL1200C. They have changed the lower covers and the gasket like in the bulletin, but ofter one month the leak is back.

They gave me another gasket I changed by myself, and after another one month the leak is back.

Both me and the dealer don't know what to do except changing a gasket every month.

I have aftermarket airbox with oil vent relocated to a free breath small breather filter.

I don't want to believe that relocating vent I've altered a particular engineering solution that wants the inside aribox vent be useful to create a depressure during intake phase to reduce oil pressure into the heads preventing leaks.

I'll do some tests mounting bach stock airbox.
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Default LEAK FIXED on '04-1200C

After putting 1600 miles on in the last 2 months I can say with some certainty that the rear rocker box leak I have battled for almost a year has been fixed. You have to INSIST that they replace BOTH rocker box covers with the newly designed cover that has no slots (part number 17537-96C). And they must use the newly designed gasket (part number 17353-89B). This information is from the H-D Service Bulletin #M-1168A that all dealerships have access to. This explains in more detail what has to take place.

See my earlier posts to hear the complete nightmare of jerry-rigs by the dealership. Like I said, INSIST that they replace both. I'm sure you don't want to go through this again. Good luck to you. BBW
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After putting 1600 miles on in the last 2 months I can say with some certainty that the rear rocker box leak I have battled for almost a year has been fixed. You have to INSIST that they replace BOTH rocker box covers with the newly designed cover that has no slots (part number 17537-96C). And they must use the newly designed gasket (part number 17353-89B). This information is from the H-D Service Bulletin #M-1168A that all dealerships have access to. This explains in more detail what has to take place.

See my earlier posts to hear the complete nightmare of jerry-rigs by the dealership. Like I said, INSIST that they replace both. I'm sure you don't want to go through this again. Good luck to you. BBW

I've changed both the covers, and both the gaskets. I've opened the front upper cover to see if the lower cover (roller rockers support) is the modified one, and YES ITS IS the new one. But after one month also with new head cover and the new gasket it leaks again!
But I've leak only from the front cylinder cover.

The dealer continues to give me new gaskets and after one month I've to open again the front cylinder to change gasket...
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