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Old 18th April 2007
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I was on my way to work today when after passing some traffic it started making a loud clanking from inside the engine. I've only put 4000 miles on the bike since I bought it (it already had 8000) and not many of them have been easy. My assumtion is it either dropped a valve or a connecting rod broke. I shut the bike down as soon as I could, but I'm sure however fast you shut it down it still isn't fast enough. The bike had the 6800 RPM ignition module in it, which still isn't anything insano high, but I still think I'm going to put the stock one back in before I take it to the dealership to have them do the warranty work on it. This whole episode has got be thinking about busting out the old credit card which I've finally paid off and giving NRHS a call. Although, assuming all goes well, I plan on have them do the warranty work, but now that I know how fragile the stock stuff is I would like to have the parts on hand for the next time this happens.

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Clacking could be a lifter that failed. Makes a hell of a noise, but probably not a lot of damage. Good luck.
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Sorry to hear that, keep us posted on what they find. Hope you're back up soon, Zeke.
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Is that the bike in your signature? If so, what kind of warranty do you have on a bike that old?
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When I bought it from the dealership they through in a 1 year extended warranty. Beets me how they could do that on an 8 year old bike but they did and he through it in for free. For those of you that live in the DC area, Bingo at Rockville Harley Davidson/Battley Cycles is amazing to deal with.

From my experience, a failed lifter sounds closer to a ticking than a clanking. I have experienced cronic lifter problems on an old AMC V8 I had and that is the experience I am speaking of. I loved keeping that POS alive. Stuff like this is what draws me to archaic american vehicles.
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From my experience, a failed lifter sounds closer to a ticking than a clanking. I have experienced cronic lifter problems on an old AMC V8 I had and that is the experience I am speaking of. I loved keeping that POS alive. Stuff like this is what draws me to archaic american vehicles.
The first major failure my bike ever had was a lifter at about 28,000 miles. It did start out as a slight ticking sound that lasted about a day. Then the needle bearings in the roller fell out and trust me, it started making a very loud clacking sound. I'm talking, loud metalic, clacking.

If it is a lifter, it's probably the front intake.
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dang dude. get her fixed. i'll be at rockville May 27th for the wall ride
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When I bought it from the dealership they through in a 1 year extended warranty. Beets me how they could do that on an 8 year old bike but they did and he through it in for free. For those of you that live in the DC area, Bingo at Rockville Harley Davidson/Battley Cycles is amazing to deal with.
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The first major failure my bike ever had was a lifter at about 28,000 miles. It did start out as a slight ticking sound that lasted about a day. Then the needle bearings in the roller fell out and trust me, it started making a very loud clacking sound. I'm talking, loud metalic, clacking.

If it is a lifter, it's probably the front intake.
Ya got me wondering, when the above happens, how bad are the damages? Since the lifters are an eventual failure point how bad do they mess stuff up when they fail?
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I do not think this is a lifter issue. I have a feeling his pinion gear came loose and spun causing the valves to hit the pistons.
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