it was a little dry and not as pliable as it should have been. I'm kinda surprised it was leaking...
I also pulled the cam cover off to check the wear on the shoe. It had a little groove cut into it but not bad. But a set of gear drive cams and a self adjusting primary chain tensioner have moved up the list
Harley's self adjusting tensioner, which I have, has been causing some issues with ratcheting under heavy decell causing the chain to be too tight which is wearing bearings in the clutch and crank. I'm going to change mine out to the Hayden M6 since I already have one. There's also a nicer one that's more expensive but has a hydraulic shock absorber built in that looks really nice. It's here: http://sohotbikes.com/hb125.html
The stock Buell petcock on my Cyclone goes to reserve with about 2 gallons remaining. I rather like having nearly a hundred miles to go so refuse to change that, but I do have to remember I'm on reserve.
My Yamaha 750 had a vacuum petcock, and when the gasket/diaphragm failed, filled the crankcase with gas. I start up, bike's running rich & stumbling, so I figure it needs to "warm up & clear out". 50 feet down the road it pukes oily gasoline all over my legs and still cool headers. That took multiple oil changes & Marvel Mystery ( for insurance ) plus a petcock rebuild to fix, & no obvious damage. Oh, and a few bucks at the spray gun car wash to degrease with brake cleaner. Those pants? You want to not just throw them in the washing machine. DAMHIK.
I had the Hayden on my old 91 FLHS and that bike shifted better than any other Harley I've ridden. Then again, the trans had over 100,000 miles on it. I guess it finally broke in!
I'm missing my petcock. Since I went to fuel injection I'm supposed to have a low fuel light. I ran out of gas pulling into a station the first time. The next I was on the off ramp of the interstate. It died and I leaned it to the left to get more fuel near the pick up. It fired and I had to ride almost a mile to a station. I'd ride up the hills and coast down the hills but I made it. I tested the light and it's good, just not getting a signal. That means taking the pump out of the tank and replacing the sending unit. Well it is the never ending saga!
I've had my 05 pump out, one of those things where you pull it apart and replace filters and in tank line while you are doing stuff. I think I changed my pump while I was in there too. Make sure to buy the new screws and screw seals, those are supposed to be a one time use thing to prevent leaks.
Greg,I've run Hayden in 7 different Buells and always had good luck with them.Some people don't like them, notably Aaron Wilson used to rail against them,he even had a rant about Haydens on his website.
Do they make one for the Uly? I'd love to add one to it. Never had any problem with them.
Greg, when I converted to fuel injection the tank and fuel pump were bought separately. I had to install it and it was used so I cleaned the filter and replaced the hoses and installed. I didn't check the low fuel sensor. Didn't even think about it at the time. Oh well.
How long ago was the conversion? You'll at least want to change the o rings where the high pressure tank fitting connects to the line going to fuel rail. I didn't and had to pull things apart again. Couldn't get the rings out and finally went for new hose/fitting. But it had pen in there for 10 years and 58000 miles, assuming the jerks didn't change the speedo when they butcher repaired the front fairing.
I tried one of the Hayden units several years ago and it was way too noisy for me. There was so much hype about them that I tried one again (about a year later) on one of the fleet bikes - same result, too noisy. This was over twenty years ago, so they’ve likely changed since then.
Mark, I've been running the 21G for quite a while and it's no louder than stock. On the Evo engines the EV13 cam is basically the same as the 21G. Now the EV27 Evo cam had steep ramps and was a little noisier but I loved it's broad torque curve and was good on lighter bikes. On Twin Cam dressers though the 21G is quiet and torquey. If you change cams be sure and get new inner needle bearings. Get the full compliment Torrington bearings. Also include new lifters. In fact, I have a good set of Hylift Johnson lifters I used a short time. I was fighting what I thought was lifter noise and changed lifters twice but it was still noisy. Finally I found there was a hole in the weld on a rocker arm that was dropping my oil pressure to the rocker. I had it welded up and noise was gone! I'll ship them to you if you want, their just sitting in a coffee can covered in oil. As far as the Hayden being noisy, I never noticed any noise out of my old 91 FLHS. I was running Supertrapp mufflers but it wasn't that loud. The engine seemed pretty quiet, for a Harley!
Greg e, I did the conversion this last Summer. I bought the o-ring/seal kit from Harley and rebuilt the throttlebody and the fuel pump assembly. So it has very few miles on it. I didn't get new screws or seal for the pump assembly. I used Dow Corning 111, a silicone grease, on all the parts and I didn't over tighten the screws. I've never experienced a leak. In fact, I use this stuff on gaskets too. Makes them stay in place during assembly and peel right off the next time I take it apart.
I went to a Wallneck's Swap meet in Springfield, Ohio on January 3rd. Its been a long time since I have went to a swap meet and actually came home with some parts. I found a stock set of floor board mats and brake lever cover for pretty cheap. I also snagged a set of inner faring mounted mirrors. It took all of 5 minutes to swap out the mats and brake lever cover. The mirrors were a different story. I didn't have the template they cam with so it took a time figure out where to drill the holes. Got them all mounted up and promptly took them off. I had a great view of my hands.... that was a BUMMER
Fast forward to this past Saturday... I ordered a Arlen Ness Big Sucker stage 1 air cleaner off Amazon and it was delivered on Sunday. I hate the football aircleaner and want to swap it out for a stockish round one. I'm on the hunt for a late 70's to 80's G-Tech air cleaner cover. They are made of aluminum and should match the aluminum on the engine once I bead blast it. BUT!, I was farting around last night watching the Browns game in the garage and found a old stainless dog bowl that is just the right size. I had to cut it down a little with the grinder and it fit perfectly. Scuffed it up a little with some 1000 grit sand paper and it matches the engine pretty well. It will do the job until I find the Willy G-Tech cover. There is one on Ebay but that guy is asking 200 bucks for it. I have a line on another one but it has yet to be found for sure....
Can't wait til warmer weather and sunny days return!
Check that Arlen Ness backing plate. I had one and after fighting intake leaks I finally saw that the center intake hole was off center from the mounting holes which cocked my carburetor causing the intake leaks. I emailed them and got no response. I put a classic S&S air cleaner on it and no more problems.