Ping Ping Ping

I have a 2008 Road Glide with a little over 50,000 miles on it. It pings also. I run the best gas I can find and octane booster. As the temperature of the engine increases it pings. It is in the 50’s and 60’s right now and it pings. When it is over 100 it really acts up. My dealer said I’m not running it hard enough, gets worse. Summer is coming and I want to ride on road trips. The plugs look like it is lean. Please help! FMH Feedback: Lean conditions will cause pinging. Have you made any modifications to your bike? If you have increased air flow with a high flow air cleaner, an after market exhaust, or even with only slip on mufflers, you will need to introduce more fuel. I would recommend installing a Power Commander. This will enable you to address the pinging issue and optimize your m/c’s performance. Hogger David asked us to expand on the answer: I think we all know if we put an air intake, pipes etc we need a PC to tune it! I have a 2007RG with true duals, reworked heads, hi flow Ram intake, PC and had it dyno tuned, got great torque and HP values, runs strong, pings like hell between 2700-3200RPM Feedback from the guys: If you have a high lift cam or high performance valve springs (or both); your lifters may have trouble recovering at high RPM. This may cause your pinging. Check out S&S Hydraulic Lifters with HL2T Limiters. The limiters enable hydraulic lifters to act like solid lifters @ high RPM, making lifters impossible to collapse.
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5 Responses to “Ping Ping Ping”
  1. James

    I’ve got an 09 FXDC, though I’m not having any knocking/pinging problems, there will be times when I have no choice but to put regular gas in the tank. What is your recommendation on the brand of octane booster to buy? I know there are several to choose from, but I don’t know which ones really boost the octane rating.

      • John

        I have a 2012 Electraglide Classic. Put V+H true duals and a screaming eagle high flow intake on it when new. At 10 k I added a dealer installed stage 3 kit consisting of 10.5:1 pistons and more agresive cams. Dynoed at that time with my screaming eagle tuner. Had some pinging problems from the start but the dealer said it was normal. Have had good luck with Lucas octane booster at 1 ounce per gallon. Was out west with it and due to substandard gas it pinged even with the Lucas. Now at 20k I got tired of the pinging and went back to the dealer for another dyno session. Said they had new mapping for bikes with the stage 3 kit. After the remapping it still pings. Especially when I snap or roll on the throttle at 2200 to 2500 like when at 55mph in 5th passing a car. I bought an H.D. kit installed by an H.D. dealer. Don’t think I should have to live with this. It’s a problem when I travel. After 40 years of riding it sure seems lean to me. But who am I to argue with a kid and a computer. Any suggestions?

  2. Russell Louthan
    Russell Louthan

    Should not have to put any additive in a factory engine is there a fix for the pinging valves