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just chased down a rattle on my bike today, one of the front motormounts on the frame was loose, the tube spacer was ratteling.
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just chased down a rattle on my bike today, one of the front motormounts on the frame was loose, the tube spacer was ratteling.
Good points from you and 2007low. Even a new bike needs a thorough going over to check for loose fasteners. However, I thinking lugging it is an issue, regardless of any resulting rattles.
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[QUOTE=sportsterdoc;4014564]Good points from you and 2007low. Even a new bike needs a thorough going over to check for loose fasteners. However, I thinking lugging it is an issue, regardless of any resulting rattles.[/QUOTE]

Yeah that definitely helps amplify em doesn't it?
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Good points from you and 2007low. Even a new bike needs a thorough going over to check for loose fasteners. However, I thinking lugging it is an issue, regardless of any resulting rattles.[/QUOTE]

Yeah that definitely helps amplify em doesn't it?
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It took me half a riding season to track down a top end noise from the rear cylinder. I'll make the story short. It was the snap-button for the visor of my helmet.
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agree on the lugging, find the sweet spot in the rpms and try to stay in that range, not too much, not too little, except for when ya need that boost... Being new you may have to get a feel for what an ironhead is supposed to do. Get away from traffic if ya have to and ride it hard to see where it goes... I been havin a good time with my rebuilt 85, nice sweet spot but has a little ways to go yet...
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Hahahahaha, I think I know where your noisemaker is, same one I had, grab your front caliper and shake it, sound familiar?, if that's it I've got a cure for ya, Hopper has one for it too.
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OP has a 1974. It is the 1978-83 dual front calipers that have the rattle.
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My 75 pie style caliper rattles, it's not just the duel disk!!
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For rattling front calipers on 78-83 you need to replace the bushings in the forks, the ones the mounting bolts go thru. Possibly same for other models?

Not a hard job - tap out the old, tap in the new. Be careful to not mushroom the end as you tap it in.
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