Well.........I am guessing that about takes care of that!! That would be likeNot even 35 seconds in and the guy tells the world he doesn't know what a compensator is for.:coffeescreen:
It wasn't an ideal video, but it was the best one I could find in a quick search that shows the part and explaining to Wade what he was hearing. I would think it helped.
TenneseeZ, the compensator does not prevent the clanking noise. It is in fact the source of it, a biproduct of it doing its job, that gets worse as it wears or fails. If you remove the compensator completely, you will completely eliminate the noise. Of course, at the risk of damaging far more expensive parts and creating more vibrations.
That's basically it. It buffers and smooths out some of the jerks and vibrations between the engine and the transmission and helps extend the life of the primary chain, chain tensioner, and clutch ring gear and so forth. It has nothing to do with the starter. (Older bikes without starters still have compensators.)Gotcha Lurch
I know, I was being "Silly" ....and not very clear about the Compensators real purpose. this this from JP Cycles....................There is a verified problem with Harley-Davidson Big Twin compensating sprockets. The compensating sprocket buffers torque from the engine and the limitations with this part may be most obvious in newer, big bore engines. A part that was adequate in an 82-cubic-inch engine may not be adequate in a 103-cubic-inch engine. Harley has not issued a recall. The company is, however, selling a reinforced compensator replacement kit, part number 40274-08. The symptoms of a bad compensator are a loud clang at start up, trouble shifting into first or neutral and a sound like gravel in the front of the primary around 2200 RPM. But, the only way to know for sure that you have this problem is to pull the primary cover off and look.
As I recall, technically it "Buffers" and or helps with "Harmonics" or Vibration...as you stated
and I think you are saying it absorbs them and keeps the motor from going "Bang":biggrin: