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StueyC
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Loose kicker arm

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Post by StueyC » Sun Aug 15, 2010 3:27 am

I've fitted a new kicker arm and it is loose on the kicker shaft. It is not possible to torque up the bolt any further. Is it common to have to shim these to get rid of the movement? The kicker shaft is also new.

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Re: Loose kicker arm

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Post by Bosheff » Sun Aug 15, 2010 5:03 am

It has been my experience that this condition is usually caused by the use of aftermarket parts. I've had some kicker arms that would tighten up when excessive torque was applied, and some that no matter how much torque was applied to the fastner, would still be loose on the shaft. I am a firm believer that a good used "Genuine" H-D part is better than most aftermarket parts. I guess that as long as the kicker arm doesn't slide off the end of the shaft (which is hypothetically impossible), you should be all right, that is if it doesn't bother you to watch it dance on the shaft when the motorcycle is running....bosheff

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Re: Loose kicker arm

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Post by StueyC » Sun Aug 15, 2010 5:11 am

Thanks for the reply Bosheff. It's the "dancing around" when the bikes running that will agravate me. I'll jam a bit of shim steel in there and see if it fixes it. Both items are aftermarket so I suspect your right and I'll put it down to poor quality parts.

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Re: Loose kicker arm

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Post by oldbob » Sun Aug 15, 2010 6:37 am

I had the same problem. Cutting the slot that the bolt passes thou deeper with a hack saw and using a grade 8 bolt made it tighten up.

bob

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Re: Loose kicker arm

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Post by sprucecreek » Sun Aug 15, 2010 8:58 pm

yeah, me too. i sheared off a couple of bolts trying to tighten the thing up, then took the grade 8 bolt route and torqued the dickens out of it. problem solved.

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Re: Loose kicker arm

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Post by Ohio-Rider » Mon Aug 16, 2010 6:55 pm

I like Bobs method but I like to use a dremel and small cut off blade.
-Steve

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