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    Rocker Rebuild

    Howdy,

    I noticed last night there is a considerable amount of up and down movement in my springer rockers on the UL.

    I'm going to buy a rebuild kit and replace the pins and bushes.

    It doesn't say much in the manual so I thought I'd ask for any tips or tricks.

    Thanks
    Dave
    1944 WL
    1945 UL
    1984 XLH

    http://1944WL.webs.com

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    Re: Rocker Rebuild

    Not much to it: press out the old bushings and press in the new. Watch that the grease passages reasonably line up. I've never honed the bushings to a particular tolerance, or anything; but they're not critical, like inside the engine would be. The new should allow the springer to bolt up with closer tolerances than the old, worn-out bushings by design, and keep it greased and they'll last "years," again. Pretty simple, overall.
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    "It's a 1937, and the downside is, it's out of warranty"

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    Re: Rocker Rebuild

    Thanks Sarge, I just wanted to make sure the pins didn't need to be tightened to a certain tolerance or anything like that.

    Looks like Im ready to go.

    Dave
    1944 WL
    1945 UL
    1984 XLH

    http://1944WL.webs.com

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    Re: Rocker Rebuild

    Dave, you probably already know this, but Colony makes a very nice rocker rebuild kit. I got one to rebuild the rockers on the springer on my old chopper, the '59 knuck. (Or is that a '41 Panhead...?)
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    Re: Rocker Rebuild

    Thanks Bigincher, I'm onto the Colony kits and I'm going to buy the bush removal tool too.

    I started last night and I can't for the life of me get the big bolt out of the end of the front part of the rocker to enable me to remove the front pin.

    Dave
    1944 WL
    1945 UL
    1984 XLH

    http://1944WL.webs.com

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    Re: Rocker Rebuild

    Dave, brace up the rocker, apply some kroil. get it to move, and then the bfwh tool.

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    Re: Rocker Rebuild

    If you're replacing the rocker studs (which you should do) I suggest you put it in big vise and tighten on the threaded side of the stud. I use a 15/16" Craftsman open end wrench that is in good shape and on size. Penetrating oils are not going to find those threads so I usually tap the retaining bolt until it loosens up. I just did a set of crusty old rockers 2 weeks ago and there is no reason to be gentle with the old studs unless you're the sentimental type.

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    Re: Rocker Rebuild

    I'm replacing both the bushes and the pins. I've got one rocker off and the front bush is basically oval so it definitely well overdue.

    I put the pin in the vice and tightened it as hard as I could and it wouldn't move. I soaked it for 2 nights and tried again an it wouldn't move. I then heated it up and tried and still no go. In the end I had to cut it off to get it apart which didn't make me happy but I had no other way!
    1944 WL
    1945 UL
    1984 XLH

    http://1944WL.webs.com

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    Re: Rocker Rebuild

    No offense & no disrespect Dave...I had a cylinder that took 2 months to get the piston to break loose(and then all it needed was an oversized piston and rings)...paitence is the key Dave..Things will come to those that wait.

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    Re: Rocker Rebuild

    No offense taken at all. Patience is something I need to learn, the better half tells me every day!
    1944 WL
    1945 UL
    1984 XLH

    http://1944WL.webs.com

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