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Old 18th February 2007
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I have a 74 Ironhead and I was just wondering how hot the primary cover gets on your ironhead? Just reach down next time you ride and let me know if its warm, hot, or hotter than sh#$!! thanx jeff
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Wow, with temps in the 20's it'll be awhile.
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Never noticed a heat problem with the p cover. But i can burn my leg on the oil tank, even with an oil cooler running.
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I think people feel pain at about 160* F. That's not real warm for a primary cover.
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I don't think most of the heat in the primary is generated there. It migrates from the business side of the engine.
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Ok, so let me explain what happened! I was riding a few days ago and got the bike very hot in traffic. Once I hit the open road I took off and it started to bog down so I pulled over and the oil level was very high!( to the top of my horseshoe tank) So I dumped out a little and rode the rest of the way home. I reached down and touched the primary for the first time and it was hotter than sh#$!! If the oil gets too full in the tank and the top two oil lines are submerged, where does the oil go??? I hope this run-on sentence makes sence.....jeff
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I would check to see if the pressure side of yer oil pump is working. Pull one of your rocker plugs and see if oil pumps out while cranking. As for your primary, how's the oil level?
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Two possibilities:

On some years of the older ironheads there is a connection between the engine oil and primary oil; they can mix in there.

Is it possible you added engine oil thinking it was low when in fact it was at the correct level? When a bike sits for a while the oil migrates past the oil pump check valve and appears to be low, but it not.
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