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post #11 of 43 (permalink) Old 08-14-2009, 03:16 AM Thread Starter
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Installed SE compensator, now I'm in business!
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Give us some detail on how the SE compensator changed you bike.
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The motor doesn't vibrate as much as before, it starts right up without any rattle/bang noise or popping sound. The bike is smoother going down the road and revs better. But mostly got rid of the primary rattle while cruising down the road.
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I have an O8 FLHTC 33,000+ miles. It has a hard time starting and has a rattle in the primary that sounds like piston slap. But the noise is inside the primary. The dealer replaced the starter when it quit turning over the engine. and it sounds like it is backfiring when it tries to start when at normal temp. Several people tell me to upgrade to the SE part. But I think Harley should Pay for the repair. The bike is under ESP warranty. Maybe I am just being a Horse's a--. But I think an engine should start. mb
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I have an O8 FLHTC 33,000+ miles. It has a hard time starting and has a rattle in the primary that sounds like piston slap. But the noise is inside the primary. The dealer replaced the starter when it quit turning over the engine. and it sounds like it is backfiring when it tries to start when at normal temp. Several people tell me to upgrade to the SE part. But I think Harley should Pay for the repair. The bike is under ESP warranty. Maybe I am just being a Horse's a--. But I think an engine should start. mb
I have a close friend who had a similar problem with his Ultra. It ate starters. I believe he had about 5 starters changed out. HD says that the fix is to go to the SE compensator, but as I understand it, they will not cover it under warranty because it is an engineering matter and not a defect in material or workmanship (talk about spltting hairs). BTW, MOCO paid for the starters and labor, but still refused to buy the SE. Go figure.
I am told (Schmidty help me here) that the '11s come stock with the SE compensator. I sure hope so cause that's what I'm riding.

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I have a close friend who had a similar problem with his Ultra. It ate starters. I believe he had about 5 starters changed out. HD says that the fix is to go to the SE compensator, but as I understand it, they will not cover it under warranty because it is an engineering matter and not a defect in material or workmanship (talk about spltting hairs). BTW, MOCO paid for the starters and labor, but still refused to buy the SE. Go figure.
I am told (Schmidty help me here) that the '11s come stock with the SE compensator. I sure hope so cause that's what I'm riding.


The 11s come with the SE comp. assy. . Not called SE anymore tho as it's now a stock component .

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I just had mine replaced under warranty. The service manager says due the high volume of bad comps they were directed to replace the comp with the SE comp. BUT they are charging the price difference of about $80. in the two comps.

It made a big difference in the way my bike started, shifted, hot start jickback and no more noise from the primary.

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'10 RK had a lot of "slack" when getting on or off the throttle. Replaced the comp myself as I don't have the dealer touch my bike. Well worth the $250.00 and the satisfaction of knowing it was done right.
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There have been lots of threads on various forums re the SE compensator. Only read one less than enthusiastic review, and he said he found very little difference between new and old. Perhaps he had the one out of 1000 stock comps that met or exceeded design specs. I have 15,000+ on the SE comp on an 08 RK, wouldn't go back.
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