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Hey,

I bent my left frame rail and was replacing it with a new one tonight. Got everything on ok, but I realized that the front motor mount is now too short for the new frame rail. I don't have access to my service manual. How can I get to the motor mount to adjust it so I can make it longer? Any tricks on getting it off without removing the radiator? It's pretty tight in there.

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Jim
 

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Sure the mount bracket isn't bent? either way, I replaced the upper mount on my 04 without draining the rad. so it can be done. It's a bitch tightening everything up though.Ed
 

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i think he is referring to the turnbuckle but not sure.

are you talking about the lower mount (commonly referred to as the turnbuckle) or the upper mount?
 

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Thanks for the reply. The frame rail is new from Harley. It's only off about 2mm, but that's enough. I may have figured a way to do it. Will try it out this evening.

Thanks,

Jim
 

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The mount in question is right above the oil filter. It's tight and I can't loosen the other side of the mount to lengthen it.

Jim
 

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You can get it loose with a crows foot wrench. If you need to know the size I can check.
 

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The mount in question is right above the oil filter. It's tight and I can't loosen the other side of the mount to lengthen it.

Jim
I just checked and a 5/8 crows foot fits fine. You should be able to get a 5/8 open end wrench on the center piece to prevent it from turning. You should check to make sure the rear tire is centered in the middle of the rear fender before you tighten up the nuts on the turn buckle. Yes this moves the engine side to side and the rear swing arm pivot shaft goes through the engine and this is how to adjust the rear tire alignment!!
 

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Thanks for the advice! I loosened up the four mounting bolts to the frame rail. This allowed me to get a bite with the bolt and the mount. The frame rail must be just slightly bowed. Once I got it going, everything lined up. Whew...

Ride safe,

Jim
 

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Cool! I used a floor jack to get mine. Once it was aligned, it went in. Go Figure! Joe
 
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