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Old 03-04-2010, 05:56 AM
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Spyke compression release

Has anyone ever used the spyke compression releases?
I have a set, that were given to me in perfect shape.
It seems my 113' s&s needs a little extra help cranking.
I have the big 2.0 starter and a big battery, but it seems to fall of when cranking and then it will ramp up and kick over.

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Old 03-04-2010, 08:34 AM
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I remember those were problematic and Spyke stopped manufacturing them.

Something about them melting and causing damage to the heads.

Merlin knows about them, I believe, and he'll chime in.

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Old 03-04-2010, 09:17 AM
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They are junk, get heads tapped for realeases.
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Old 03-04-2010, 10:13 AM
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Used a set of those about 3 years ago on a build with a Rev Tech 110 and they were problematic. They use a spark plug from a Ford Titan truck with a very long aluminum plug adapter that also holds the compression release. The bike came back to me for some general maintenance at 2500 miles. I had heard about problems with these so I pulled them out to take a look and low and behold the rear had started to basically side roach between the plug and adapter unit, which is aluminum, melting the inside of it. Being curious and recognizing a serious issue I disassembled the unit to find that it had just started to burn the threads. If this had continued any longer it definately would have burnt thru into the head. I called Spyke and was basically told they must have been installed wrong! Well I have been building engines in the cycle, auto and boat racing biz for almost 30 years, not only can I index a plug, I can also read directions and these were installed to a "T" based on there instruction sheet. It didn't really matter what they said anyway I would never use them again, it just bugged me that they were so defensive about the install, and now where are they? Guess the problems were real. If you have to worry about any part than you just shouldn't use it, period. As stated get the releases installed correctly right in the head. Good Luck, J.
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Old 03-04-2010, 10:38 AM
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That 2.0 starter takes all the battery you got.
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Old 03-04-2010, 11:10 AM
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Yes, there were numerous horror stories about those FireStart comp releases

The plugs and the CRs were actually melting down into the heads

Which can be a pretty big inconvenience when your blastin' down the highway @80 mph
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Old 03-05-2010, 07:17 AM
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Copy that!!
Thanks for all the helpful input.
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Old 03-05-2010, 10:43 AM
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I remember hearing the story of a guy that was ridin' down the highway - when the FireStart CR, and the plug grenaded, and blew a big chunk out of the side of the head

He got some shrapnel in his leg, but the motor didn't lock up, and he lived to tell the story
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Old 03-05-2010, 01:46 PM
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I remember hearing the story of a guy that was ridin' down the highway - when the FireStart CR, and the plug grenaded, and blew a big chunk out of the side of the head

He got some shrapnel in his leg, but the motor didn't lock up, and he lived to tell the story

Wow think I will get the heads tapped, sounds like the right way to do it.
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Arent 113's already tapped for electronic releases?
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Arent 113's already tapped for electronic releases?
My 113 S&S is not
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