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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by sfarson, Nov 13, 2004.
That's about right. I recommend customers take a look at 30K. As well as upgrade to the '07+ tensioners.
What are you seeing for '07 and up tensioner longevity?
Haven't seen any wear out yet. 90K miles is what comes to mind as far as high mileage. Worst I've seen is a couple pop up and lodge crooked w/big lift (.600"+) cams. After seeing that twice I install Zippers upgraded tensioners with hot rods.
From the last trip I took a few weeks ago through New Mexico on my '98 Sporty. It was also a shakedown of the 6 gal flat side fat bobs I installed... almost 300 mile range before having to stop now.
My local dealers lead mechanic said he's see the old style tensioners wear out in 6K miles and last up to 45+K. He said the touring bikes -usually- last longer than the Dyna's as the FXD's are typically ridden harder. I don't know if it's true but I have read some reports that every time you open the throttle very hard, (like in a drag race environment) the chain actually pulses into the tensioners a bit harder accelerating wear.
When I bought my '00 FXDX back in 2010 I had the dealer install the SE hydraulic cam plate/oil pump as I didn't want to have to open the cam chest up for some time. I should have put a set of cams in at that time but didn't. I may have cams installed over the winter and get a chance to look at the hydraulic tensioners and see how they look with about 30K on them.
Been drag racing the FXDX?.....How'd you do?
Got a 2004 Road King Custom project. No pics of my own yet but dealer photo attached.
The ECM is gone , apparently harvested for parts to get something running. Am I going to have problems popping a used one from ebay in there? Power Commander III still attached.
Out doing my civic duty- killing love bugs, when I felt the wallowing, then the vibration.
It was shady across the street
I was only 13-14 miles from home, and just happened to have my trailer hooked up, so my wife rescued me. I have AMA towing but knew this would be faster.
I had a plug kit in my bag, but…
I'll definitely be upgrading the cam plate come next time I tear a part the chest for a cam install. Being the bike is Magneti Marelli, I didn't want to mess with an expensive tuner. It'll be getting either a CV or a HSR42 when I finally drop some coin on a TwinTec ignition.
I made 10 passes with a best time of a blistering 13.703 at 96.33 mph. The bike is basically at a stage 1, stock muffs with the baffle plates knocked out, SE a/c with a K&N filter and re-jetted carb. The bike runs well for what it is. As I've grown older, I've learned it's more fun to ride a slow bike fast, (or as fast as it will go), then it is to ride a fast bike slow. (7) GH010064 Heartland Park Topeka 7.2.21 FXDX test 1 - YouTube
mikuni carb conversion?
Good for You!! The bike did good for stockish. I loved the vid. Did you ever get your Hot Rod FXRS-SP to the track?
I did get the -Sp to the track a couple times back in the early '90's. The best time was 13.19 @ 102.44 mph. That bike had a cam, HS-40, Kerker pipe and an ignition on it and I'm sure could have done better but my reaction times were much slower back then. Even though I'm on a slower bike now, my technique, (what little there is), is a little better thus helping the slower bike out.
The FXR was at redline in 5th when going thru the lights which is perfect for the 1/4 mile. The big pig DX was at redline in 4th gear meaning it was over-geared for the 1/4 mile. If the gearing was a bit lower and I had an equivalent tune on the DX, I think I could have bested the FXR by a hair. Below is a pic of me representing with the FXR with some chopper guy at KCIR back in '93.
Ah...KCIR. I miss that place. Had some good times there.
Yeah me too. I raced there at the All Harley Drags in '92 and '93 and had a blast. I remember some guy was riding a chopper with a big inch shovel with a stretched and raked frame and would do a wheelie 1/8 mile down the track. I kept waiting for it to break in half when he landed the front end but it never did. He was the hit of the show. (Pic below as example, not the real guy).
I remember the 1550 CC V-Rod "BadRod" doing an 8.3 at KCIR back in about 2005 or so, no wheelie bar, and then going on a 100 mile ride on that bike with the VRod Forum group. I believe he blew up the motor a few weeks later, though
vs. a $175 computer on ebay? Sounds like more work.
didn’t realize ECM’s were that inexpensive