2005 Softail 8700 miles-stock- no internal mods-just StreetSweeper pipes and stage1 carb-re-jetted 190/46(or 48 dont recall) casually ridden-got it with 5500 miles almost 4 years ago. Only recently developed a steady valve train sounding tick most positively coming from front topend. Warming up very hard to hear if at all. 2 min after that tic tic tic -decelerating very pronounced,accelerating and idle can be heard at all times too.
Had MMI tech(16yrs exp) friend remove valve cover to check tolerances-all in spec...012-.015 in/out.
Said pushrods looked good.Said there was plenty of oil bathing topend, no filter restrictions, no line clogging, did a foam leak test, all came up with nothing.
At this point I told him to stop, put it all back together and I limped it home hypnotized from the ticking.Seems to be running a little "muddy" to me too.
Tomorrow it goes to a real V-twin shop.
I might have missed any thread detailing a solution same as mine, so I will add to the
of ticking threads with found problem/solution/$$ amount for fix.
I could just go kick a tree right now.