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Hangetsu
Posted on Monday, August 27, 2018 - 06:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Has anyone out there moved to adjustable pushrods & tubes? Are such even available to for an XB?

I've got an 09 Uly with leaky pushrod tubes, and I'd really rather not have to remove the heads to fix the problem.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!
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Ratbuell
Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 09:34 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Stock pushrods.

Remove rockerboxes and rockers.

Remove pushrods.

Cut the tubes and get collapsible tubes.

No head removal required, no screwing around with adjustable pushrods.
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Tootal
Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 10:14 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I use adjustable push rods on my harley since the heads are shaved. Never had one come loose. Smith Brothers makes them for Harley and are very high quality and prices are reasonable. I'm going to assume the pushrods are the same for a sportster. Saves you from messing with the rockers but will cost you more in parts. If you have to rotate the engine to swap them then pull the rockers, if not then get the adjustable ones.
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Griffmeister
Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 12:14 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Is this even possible on an XB? The pushrod cover is a one piece plastic housing that bolts to the engine case with four socket head screws. Also, at least from looking at the parts book, there is a third hole in between the two lifter holes. Further research may be required.
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Hangetsu
Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 11:57 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Ratbuell,

Do you know anyone who has done this? From what I've seen, most collapsible pushrod tubes require a machined billet piece that bolts to the engine case as a base for the collapsible tubes to seal into. Is such a kit available for the Thunderstorm engine?
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