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Offline HotfuzzMurphy

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'98 Sportster w/ 1200 kit (Loud Knocking)
« on: October 01, 2016, 09:40:12 AM »
Just bought this '98 Sportster and it was riding very well once I got rid of the Autolite spark plugs and replaced them with Champions. 
Later that evening cruising across a bridge it just suddenly started knocking very loud, gave me a little shake and died. 
It starts up still easily but the knock is very loud and doesn't sound very good at all.
Narrowed down the sound ish.  Maybe a rod?  cam?  valve?
It's my first bike, and I'm not an expert.  Any thoughts?

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Re: '98 Sportster w/ 1200 kit (Loud Knocking)
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2016, 12:53:21 PM »
Found out it has adjustable push rods.

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Re: '98 Sportster w/ 1200 kit (Loud Knocking)
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2016, 12:53:51 PM »
Just bought this '98 Sportster and it was riding very well once I got rid of the Autolite spark plugs and replaced them with Champions. 
Later that evening cruising across a bridge it just suddenly started knocking very loud, gave me a little shake and died. 
It starts up still easily but the knock is very loud and doesn't sound very good at all.
Narrowed down the sound ish.  Maybe a rod?  cam?  valve?
It's my first bike, and I'm not an expert.  Any thoughts?
Found out it has adjustable push rods


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Re: '98 Sportster w/ 1200 kit (Loud Knocking)
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2016, 01:47:21 PM »
Murph, just wondering, is it a 1200 or an 883?
With the bike at idle, does it still bang?
Can you see if the noise is coming from the front of the engine or back.
Have you checked it over for oil levels in all three places?   (That should have been done first)

Need some answers before we can help further.  >>> Standing by for your response!

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Re: '98 Sportster w/ 1200 kit (Loud Knocking)
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2016, 01:51:31 PM »
Oil levels were fine.
The noise was coming from the front.
The bike was originally an 883. It has a 1200 kit. 
And yes sir. It bangs at idle as well.

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Re: '98 Sportster w/ 1200 kit (Loud Knocking)
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2016, 02:28:20 PM »
Since you determined that the push rods are adjustable, I suspect you are can to turn wrenches.
If so, I'd think about getting into the front cylinder before damage happens or first get proper adjustment on the push rods.
Did you get and details from the previous owner other the a 1200 kit being installed and who did the work?
I'm still with you on this.
Need some history though.

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Re: '98 Sportster w/ 1200 kit (Loud Knocking)
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2016, 02:34:53 PM »
Nope. The guy who did the work sold it to the guy I bought it from. I adjusted the pushrods slightly. Gonna try this real quick. I have a technician working with me but we didn't go lower than getting the rods out and checking them out.

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Re: '98 Sportster w/ 1200 kit (Loud Knocking)
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2016, 03:18:46 PM »
You working on it now?
Keep me informed of what you're both doing and I'll try to help you find the problem.
There is plenty of help here besides me.
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Re: '98 Sportster w/ 1200 kit (Loud Knocking)
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2016, 03:23:59 PM »
Yes sir. Just getting it back to see how the adjustment on the rods fairs.

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Re: '98 Sportster w/ 1200 kit (Loud Knocking)
« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2016, 03:24:41 PM »
Good.....I'm here.
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Re: '98 Sportster w/ 1200 kit (Loud Knocking)
« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2016, 03:26:50 PM »
I don't think that's gonna be your problem but, I've been wrong before.  :dgust:
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Re: '98 Sportster w/ 1200 kit (Loud Knocking)
« Reply #11 on: October 01, 2016, 03:52:51 PM »
Thank you.

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Re: '98 Sportster w/ 1200 kit (Loud Knocking)
« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2016, 03:57:33 PM »
Welcome.......still here.
Anything new?    Noise?
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Re: '98 Sportster w/ 1200 kit (Loud Knocking)
« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2016, 04:36:09 PM »
Calling it quits tonight. Got it top dead center. Zero valve lash. The intake rod is right and difficult to rotate with my hands.
Now thinking cams/lifters

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Re: '98 Sportster w/ 1200 kit (Loud Knocking)
« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2016, 04:42:13 PM »
Must go out of town Sunday and Monday, will check back Mon. night.
Good luck.

Anyone else want to chime in with Murph's problem.......step up.
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Re: '98 Sportster w/ 1200 kit (Loud Knocking)
« Reply #15 on: October 01, 2016, 04:45:24 PM »
Thanks man. I will keep updating as we figure it out. Getting up early for it.

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Re: '98 Sportster w/ 1200 kit (Loud Knocking)
« Reply #16 on: October 01, 2016, 06:53:48 PM »
Hi Murph,
You might want to read the link below about an HTT member that had a similar problem you are having.
Read it in it's entirety, you will understand it better and to what your problem might be, before you tear down.
I'll be back to see your update.
Again.......good luck.
                                              http://harleytechtalk.com/index.php/topic,83610.msg937608.html#msg937608
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Re: '98 Sportster w/ 1200 kit (Loud Knocking)
« Reply #17 on: October 02, 2016, 03:54:40 PM »
Thank you again.
And so we took a look at the cams.
They're D cams. But my service manual says to only use W cams.
And the exhaust valve looks a little off. And the timing is top dead center.
The exhaust valve lifter is down further than the rest and no play to lift it back up.

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Re: '98 Sportster w/ 1200 kit (Loud Knocking)
« Reply #18 on: October 02, 2016, 06:41:23 PM »
Perhaps that lifter has collapsed.
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Re: '98 Sportster w/ 1200 kit (Loud Knocking)
« Reply #19 on: October 03, 2016, 04:37:06 AM »
And so we took a look at the cams.
They're D cams. But my service manual says to only use W cams.

91-06 883's all came with "D" cams
91-03 1200's all came with "D" cams, except the 98-03 1200S Sport model
98-03 1200S Sport models came with "W" cams
04+ 1200's all came with "W" cams
07+ 883's all came with "W" cams

Bottom line, your bike being a '98, and not being a 1200S model, it came with "D" cams.

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And the exhaust valve looks a little off. And the timing is top dead center.
The exhaust valve lifter is down further than the rest and no play to lift it back up.

Keep in mind that there are two TDC's, one at overlap (both valves are slightly open) and one at the top of the compression stroke (both valves fully closed). Don't get fooled by looking at the valvetrain at overlap TDC.

Second, if the lifter is farther down in it's bore than the others, about the only thing that can be is if the roller has an issue.

Hopefully you pulled the rocker box before you pulled the cam cover, so you didn't put valve spring pressure onto cams that are only supported on one end.

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Re: '98 Sportster w/ 1200 kit (Loud Knocking)
« Reply #20 on: October 03, 2016, 06:51:35 AM »
Thank you again.
And so we took a look at the cams.
They're D cams. But my service manual says to only use W cams.
And the exhaust valve looks a little off. And the timing is top dead center.
The exhaust valve lifter is down further than the rest and no play to lift it back up

The D cams are stock for 883/1200   the W cams was used in the hot rod 1200S  ( sport)  bikes and  comes with 2 plugs in ea. head.

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Re: '98 Sportster w/ 1200 kit (Loud Knocking)
« Reply #21 on: October 03, 2016, 08:46:24 AM »
Okay, so measuring the D cams, the intake cams are not the same size, one is ever so slightly smaller.  Same with the exhaust cams. 

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Re: '98 Sportster w/ 1200 kit (Loud Knocking)
« Reply #22 on: October 05, 2016, 05:12:08 AM »
Any further report on this bike?
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Re: '98 Sportster w/ 1200 kit (Loud Knocking)
« Reply #23 on: October 05, 2016, 05:19:40 AM »
Well my truck broke down. So I had to fix that.
Looking to get back at the bike today.
Going to check the pistons and valves.
Either way I'm going to replace the rods and cams for sure.
Just hoping the pistons aren't damaged. I found some notes from the previous owner of the guy I bought it from.

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Re: '98 Sportster w/ 1200 kit (Loud Knocking)
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