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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-19-2015, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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Normal cylinder compression on vn1600?

I've found a lot of conflicting information on the net about this.
Had my 2006 VN1600 tested for cylinder compression and it came back as follows:

Front cylinder: 115psi
rear cylinder: 135psi

Some articles suggest [email protected] is normal, the shop that tested says it should be upwards of 150... I (obviously) dont know anything about this and am trying to figure out if I actually have a problem with this engine or not...

Any help is appreciated.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-19-2015, 07:36 PM
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Because of the compression release, compression test values can vary.

Unless you are experiencing a specific problem, I would not even bother with the test.
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Thanks, good to know, there is a bit of a ticking, but I wouldn't call it a knock.
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Ticking is probably valvetrain noise.
Could be as simple as incorrect oil viscosity to as complicated as collapsed HLA's and everything in between, including timing chain extenders.
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I'll change the oil as soon as I bring it home from the shop, I'll have another listen and do some compression tests myself. I might take a gamble and buy a vn1600 engine for sale in Calgary that apparently has 10k km in it but the bike was scrapped. Will cost me about 500$ shipped. Was thinking of a swap and comparing compression and noises and deciding which one to keep, or attempting to rebuild of one of them....
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