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Old 07-09-2019, 02:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I seem to recall there was some bad juju about 2007/2008 bikes. I know the frame was updated in 09, but I'm referring to the machanicals.

A search came up empty, probably because I didn't word it correctly.

Can any of you guys refresh my memory?

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Old 07-09-2019, 02:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Only thing I remember was the compensator thing and the standard cam chain tighteners
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Death wobble affected those scooters.
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The final drive gearing sucked on those bikes. 6th gear was pretty much useless until about 70 miles an hour .It was like 2.7 :1 Final drive ratio. If I remember correctly was the 1st year of the 6 gallon tank on the old style frame.The compensator makes a loud Bang when you start the bike. It does I have the hydraulic Cam chain tensioners and larger oil pump.
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Old 07-09-2019, 03:29 PM   #5 (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.
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Only thing I remember was the compensator thing and the standard cam chain tighteners
What is a standard cam chain tightener? Is there a deluxe version?
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Old 07-09-2019, 04:35 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I think '08 was a one year only frame design that sucked worse than the 07 and down correct? 09 and up is the current frame which handles much better..... for a bagger
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Old 07-09-2019, 05:27 PM   #8 (permalink)
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IIRC the locator pins from the trans to the inner primary were eliminated for those years...
'07 was first year for 96" engine and hydraulic cam chain tensioners...

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Old 07-09-2019, 10:07 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Only thing I remember was the compensator thing and the standard cam chain tighteners


No on the cam chain tighteners. The went hydraulic in 2007. So thatís a non issue. I do agree that 6th gear isnít useful until 70mph, however. I have an 07 RK.


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Only complaints I had for my 2008 Electra Glide Standard which had a 14 months and 30,000 Miles was the 5th Gear Whine and 6th Gear not really effective unless 70MPH+ .. The Compensator was bang on Hot Starts when I traded it in on my 09 Ultra but as far at Running and Handling had no problems with it including the dreaded death wobble I did hear from some that owned a 2008 ..
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Old 07-10-2019, 05:50 AM   #11 (permalink)
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death wobble isn't year specific. As long as Harley designs a bike with an isolator between the swingarm and the frame death wobble has a greater chance of happening. It's just noticed more on the older bikes because that's before the frame redesign of 2009.
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Old 07-10-2019, 10:31 AM   #12 (permalink)
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death wobble isn't year specific. As long as Harley designs a bike with an isolator between the swingarm and the frame death wobble has a greater chance of happening. It's just noticed more on the older bikes because that's before the frame redesign of 2009.
not year specific no but some years are much more wobblier (sh*t is that even a word lol) than others.
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'07 didn't have fly by wire. '08 did and had issues with miss matched voltages leaving you stranded. My understanding is that they were trying to mimic the action of a compression release,...electronically. Which leads me to the compression issue and starter problems. If you ask me,...let sleeping dogs lie.
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Old 07-10-2019, 07:51 PM   #14 (permalink)
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2007 RG put 75,000 most uneventful miles on it. Minor things like a sensor went out.
No issue with compensator, no issue with and cam chain tensioners . The first year for 6 speed it worked just fine.
Don't put a lot of stock in the internet rumor mill.
The 08 was like a cross over it had a few of the thing planned for the 2009 new frame bike like TWB and the way the seat mounted. Not a darn thing wrong with one in good shape. But if you can afford it go with the new frame. More to it than just a frame.
TC96 was border line needing ACR they became standard on the 103.
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Old 07-11-2019, 06:08 AM   #15 (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.
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