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Old 09-26-2003, 09:32 AM
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Anyone have trouble with the shoes on the Cam Chain Tensioner? My 2000 Fat Boy with 61750 miles died two weeks ago. Shoe on Tensioner fell apart due to excessive ware and resulting slop caused timing to go off and burned up both pistons. I dis-agree with the shop on the cause of the piston collapse (because of the skirt oil jet from bottom to cool pistons) and was wondering if anyone else has had this trouble. I have talked to Customer service over the phone and they said it was also strange for this to happen but have heard of the shoe failure before but as there is no warenty I will have to pay for this problem. Anyone wanting to check out this shoe failure check this web site on Twin Cam 88 cam troubles and what HD is doing about it.
http://rmhfaq.com/TC88camissues.htm

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Old 09-26-2003, 10:03 PM
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Twin Cams have too many troubles to keep up with and you just can't get the horses or the reliability like you can a evo. We get twice as many twins in the shop that we do evos. The worst thing that Harley was to do was go away from the evo. But I guess the aftermarket was taking away to much business.
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Old 10-07-2003, 05:05 AM
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Hi Faster

You might be right but I'm Not sure where HD was intending on going with the EVO, but the Twin Cam has a stronger bottom end and can support more torq and produce more HP with out re-design of the crank and such. EVO style was picked up by S&S and others but the case, crank and journals were re-designed for larger inch systems. HD could have just changed the EVO but a logical next step was the Twin Cam but the application was slightlly faulty. Like the Cam Chain and weak bearings. All in all the Twin Cam will prove out to be a good motor once the bugs are worked out.

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