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Old 27th March 2011
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Hello everybody, its been a while. I have an issue with my 1200, 1989 rigid.
After riding for about half an hour to 45min (not hard riding) I get a metally rattling noise around the front cylinderhead. Is it overheating? Not getting enough oil? The motor runs great before and during the noise
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Possible bad lifter.
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Here from the IronHead Stickys. Procedure etc same for all engines ...

Using a Stethoscope to listen to the engine
http://xlforum.net/vbportal/forums/s...d.php?t=977525
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head gasket??
i blew one and could have sworn it was a mechanical noise!!
does it have screamin eagle gaskets by chance?
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So Theo what was the outcome of your investigation on your bikes head?
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I'm actaully very curious, because my bike has the exact same thing going on, and I was about to search for something but found this in the feed. Let me know what you found.
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