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Old 21st September 2007
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As I stated in an earlier post to someone who had a strange noise in their motor, sometimes a valve CAN hit the top of the piston and the bike still be running well, as this was...it just had a slight clicking noise when it was hot, and when I tore it down, this was it!! Some folks say it's impossible to get a bike in this condition to run, but here's proof..from my 75 XLH before I rebuilt it.....Ironheads are tough ol' things!!
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That is incredible...I think you could publish that in some kind of a text book (i'm not sure how) and maybe collect royalties. I have never seen anything like that!

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Mine ran with a broken rod! At least I got home....
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Mine ran with a broken rod! At least I got home....
This kind of toughness is exactly why I ride an old Iron head...What new bike could still getcha home under these conditions??
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Nice photograph. I like the duck tape bound servive manual too.
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I've seen some weird things like that. A friend of mine had a car with a noise that turned the top half of the piston was no longer part of the bottom half. Still ran OK but sounded like a rod knock.
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Nice photograph. I like the duck tape bound servive manual too.
I never coulda had this Ironhead for 20 years without it, It was new when I bought it...(The manual)
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What year did you rewire it?
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I finally understand...you have a '75 and the service manual is 1978 to 19something. If I get a later year service manual for my '65, maybe I'll have better luck also!
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As I stated in an earlier post to someone who had a strange noise in their motor, sometimes a valve CAN hit the top of the piston and the bike still be running well, as this was...it just had a slight clicking noise when it was hot, and when I tore it down, this was it!! Some folks say it's impossible to get a bike in this condition to run, but here's proof..from my 75 XLH before I rebuilt it.....Ironheads are tough ol' things!!
Thanks for the pic. That was me that had the knock. Ive got my top end down and the valves are clearing.
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