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    Well this really sucks



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    I've done roughly 19000km in the past 18 months (04 XB9SX). I replaced the plugs
    at 30000km, and the bike now has 49000, so new plugs are due at its
    next service. Well I never got that far.
    On the way home yesterday , just overtaken a car at about 140kmph, and just about to
    exit the highway, I lose the rear cylinder.
    Can't explain why after 19000km it decided to climb out, but it is what it is.
    So now the motor has to come out, I want to replace the noisy hydraulic
    lifters. Are these easily come by, and are there Harley ones that can be fitted.
    Note I'm in South Africa where Buell parts are just not available.
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    And of course this would happen while my other bike (04 1150GS) is
    undergoing some much needed maintenance at 150000km.

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    I have a set of old stock lifters if you want them

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    Why does the engine need to come out? You should be able to fix a spark plug hole with a good heli-coil set or keensert. I prefer the keensert myself but a heli coil may work better for you in a tight spot.

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    I'd recommend rotating the engine so that the rear head can be pulled.
    Don't want metal shavings falling into to cylinder head.
    Also, good luck getting a drill, tap, timeset or whatever into that rear head. It's obviously hard enough to get a spark plug in there!

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    If you apply grease to the tap it catches almost all the shavings . If a little gets in cylinder it doesn't hurt it will blow out exhaust. Have done a bunch.

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    Well......
    Said it before and I'll say it again..... learn something new just about everyday around here

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    Learned the grease thing working on a lot of small engines.

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    I'd do the grease trick on a lawnmower, tap a little, remove, clean, re-grease, tap a little more, remove, clean re-grease, etc.

    IMHO on a motorcycle (one you like), it's worth the afternoon (3 beers) to rotate and pull the heads, I'd insert both heads. It's not that hard to rotate and the easy access guarantees you'll tap it square. Besides, you need lifters anyway/ rocker gaskets/ etc. How are the jug gaskets on a bike with 50k on it? Lots of might-as-wells while your in there.

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    ^^^^ This would be my take on it as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chicknstripn View Post
    I have a set of old stock lifters if you want them
    Thats most kind of you .
    I'm going to try get some locally, but if not, I may be knocking on your door to do a shipment for me.

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