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Old 07-11-2019, 10:50 AM   #16 (permalink)
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07 frame geometry differs from 06? That would be news to me. I thought the first year of frame changes was 08, then 09
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Old 07-11-2019, 06:33 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Early 08 had defective fuel filter that would burst and leave you stranded. There was a recall. Also the 08 was the first year fbw throttle that had a delay between turning the throttle and engine response, very slight but annoying . Also, the 08 I rode was very underpowered.
it was worse than slight. i had one and it was very noticeable. replaced the ecu w a thundermax and it was normal. also it ate twist grip sensors, replaced 2 min mine and a few on customer bikes. read somewhere that there were issues w the tps on 08-10 causing twist grip issues. but i only had 1 customer bike have it happen so i cant say it was wide spread
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Old 07-11-2019, 10:00 PM   #18 (permalink)
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08 Road King, 93,000+ miles. This brings back some memories. Original comp had the bang, gearing too high, just replaced the twist grip sensor. Now on second SE comp, the latest and greatest version, installed the 68 tooth Japanese Sportster rear pully and improved rideability and gas mileage. I had no throttle delay except for the programming that doesn't allow wide open throttle regardless of twist grip position below 3000 rpm (probably to protect the bottom end). The cush drive is an "orphan" design and requires a pulley bearing with a tall collar Engine and transmission are still solid, 5th gear whines a bit but I got one of the quieter ones. Put on the Progressive Touring link and it steadied the machine in the sweeping turns.

The original comp destroyed the starter clutch, have had the AllBalls version in since 15,000 and it is still good as new. The type 1 (original design) SE comp installed at 15,000 miles made it for about 73,000 miles and it got noisy, wore out the crank shaft extension piece splines, not the cam and spokes. Replaced the inner primary bearing with the most recent compensator installation. Plan on taking past it 100,000 miles if I hold out that long-74 years old now. The starter would get a little "tired" on hot starts so I put the overhaul kit in the starter solenoid, seems to have helped. It is my first Harley and I still love it, have been riding since I was 14, just couldn't swing a Harley until 2008. Took some getting used to after so many rice poppers.
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cush drive is an "orphan" design and requires a pulley bearing with a tall collar.
What's a "cush" drive?

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What's a "cush" drive?

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Rubber isolation between the sprocket/pulley and the wheel. Most Harley's don't need them because of the compensator, but in 08 they tried it.
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Old 07-12-2019, 10:40 AM   #22 (permalink)
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08 was the first year that the cushion drive (IDS, Issolated Drive System) was standard on the touring bikes, it was available as an option in 07. With the new frame in 09 came a revised design cush drive so the components of each are not compatible with the other. It is a simple, and as far as I know, a trouble free feature. Some people replace the rubber cushions with each rear tire change, some alternate, every other tire change. Harley issued a wear tolerance and I see no reason to replace the cushions that are within that tolerance. I have found it to be both harmless and reliable. I replaced the factory cushions when I installed the larger rear pulley and have been running those cushions ever since. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Never had a Harley without it, so I have no idea how much difference (if any) it makes. All I know for certain is that above idle, the machine is very smooth through 90 mph, the fastest I have taken this machine. The only time the mirrors shake too much to use is due to rough road surface, not machine generated vibration.

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Old 07-13-2019, 05:23 AM   #23 (permalink)
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So this thread got me thinkin' a bit. When I research model year differences like this I use the microfiche. According to the Ronnie's Fiche, 07, 08, 09, and 10 had unique frames each year as indicated by the last two digits in their part numbers. The 10 model year actually has an 11 year frame. Everything before 07 had an 02 model year frame, and the 12 model year had the 11 year frame.

As far as the drawings are concerned there's a clear difference between the 08 and earlier frames compared to the 09 and later frames, which we all knew, but perhaps there are some more subtle differences in 07 and 08 that don't clearly show up on the drawing.

I know there a Big Yahoo in Harley Ads about Frame Changes for 2009 and although this was a consideration, the 2 main reasons for me to Trade in my 2008 Electra Glide Standard was Wife had quit riding her own and wanted me to get an Ultra Classic and The Word was out that 2010's would come with CAT's as Standard Equipment so while I do think got a Fair Deal all things considered, still lost my ass on Upgrades I did to my 2008, but I'm sure that's happened to a lot of us ..
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