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Question Lifter noise 05 Road King

Last week made a about 2000 mile run to Mississippi and back from Michigan, everything was great until we started back home. I had what sounded like a lifter rattle on the front cylinder. Rattled like crazy, on start up acceleration and deceleration. Oil pressure was between 30 about 40 pounds, oil level was good. Made no difference hot or cold. Got home Sunday cleaned the bike and listened with a stethoscope and the noise was coming from the front cylinder lifter block. Had my buddy ride it and he heard the noise and agreed it sounded like a lifter had collapsed. Went to take the bike to a Harley engine guy and the noise was not there anymore. The bike has 29,000 miles on it and it runs great. Even with the rattle. I rode it about 300 miles rattling. But like I said today it's normal. Should I replace the lifters on the front cylinder just in case.
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Re: Lifter noise 05 Road King

I would get it looked at. Those things that go away, always come back. I'd hate to see it come back the next time you are 1000 miles from home.

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Re: Lifter noise 05 Road King

If you suspect a lifter is the issue I'd suggest you pull the valve train apart & see what's going on. If a lifter's dished out then the cam lobe is most likely worn also.
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Re: Lifter noise 05 Road King

I had a similar noise . in my 04 road king ..the dealer tightened the compensator sprocket nut and it quieted right down...good luck
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Re: Lifter noise 05 Road King

Does the sound speed up and slow down when you do?
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Re: Lifter noise 05 Road King

The noise matched engine speed. I changed the lifters and pushrods on that cylinder tonight. Sounded quieter when I started it and oil pressure looked a little higher. I'll find out tomorrow for sure, going for 50 mile test ride and see what happens. The noise was on the right side at the lifter block cover.
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Re: Lifter noise 05 Road King

Hopefully that did the trick, I replaced the lifters in my old fxrt when it
started that and it fixed the problem Good luck !!
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