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Here’s an Evolution service that goes overlooked. Take your time and do it right. The tappet screen is in the crankcase so do not cross threads.

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5 Responses to “Harley Tappet Oil Screen Cleaning”
  1. Donald Redig Jr.

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  2. mark lewis

    Bob, you might spent a little time explaining that drag-link bit you used to remove/torque tappet/spring plug. practice showed me that large bit
    slotted screw driver doesn’t work; only galls the slot. need that drag-link bit & at precisely the full slot length/width. seems like it’s 1/16 x 9/16 in wd. mine’s a Craftsman 9/16, p/n G44511 found online. you also need it for your shovelheads. some of us are into the oldies & goodies.

  3. Dennis Santopietro

    Q: 1981 FXE. Every now and then when I start the bike oil comes out of the crankcase breather tube maybe about a 1/2 quart. Plenty of oil pressure I don’t suspect the oil pump. Can you tell me what I can do for this.

    A: You can use an 11/16″ drag link to remove the plug near the rear tappet block in the crank case. Clean the screen & check ball. You can stretch the spring 1/4″ longer. It may help. Problem persists or ever gets worse, replace oil pump with S&S pump.


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