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Old 25th February 2009
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Hey kids,

Can you remove push rod tubes on late model Sportsters (once rocker boxes are removed of course) without removing cyl. heads? Tanks loads!

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THink so. Get the service and parts manual. You'll be glad you did.

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Can you remove push rod tubes on late model Sportsters (once rocker boxes are removed of course) without removing cyl. heads? Tanks loads!

Dirk
Once you remove the rocker boxes, then take out the pushrods, then un bolt the push rod tube bases, then you can remove the tubes from the bottom. so you don't have to take off the head..
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Thanks, buddy!

I have a manual but it is vague on push rod tube removal; throws that operation in with cyl. head removal. I think I can remove the tappet covers
and slide the tubes up and out once they are out of the way. Thoughts?

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i think ive read somewhere thats its not good to do on the rubbermounts,the solid mount bikes have no problems pulling them with the heads on,you need advise from someone with an 04+ bike,just me .02$
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I have a manual but it is vague on push rod tube removal; throws that operation in with cyl. head removal. I think I can remove the tappet covers
and slide the tubes up and out once they are out of the way. Thoughts?

Had a school chum who lived in Hueytown, Alabama. He refused to believe that NY State wasn't all pavement like NYC. *LOL*
Which manual do you have ??


No after living in NY state my whole life (just about) only a small portion is covered in concrete..

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i think ive read somewhere thats its not good to do on the rubbermounts,the solid mount bikes have no problems pulling them with the heads on,you need advise from someone with an 04+ bike,just me .02$

you could be right,. my experience is with a solid mount but I don't think they changed it that much
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You can get then out, but you can't put 'em back without taking the heads off.
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you could be right,. my experience is with a solid mount but I don't think they changed it that much
I sailed in to a similar thread recently, giving detailed instructions on how you don't need to pull the heads, etc (since I know that the fitting to the head is the same). Then someone with a rubbermount pulled me up on it, saying that you definitely cannot remove the push rod tubes on rubbermounts without first removing the heads. Must be the way they're fixed at the bottom

I guess that's progress for you
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You can get then out, but you can't put 'em back without taking the heads off.
I don't understand that, Nigel. Does anyone have a photograph of the bottom fixing detail on a rubbermount (below the bottom retainer) to satisfy my curiosity?
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