Your bike is a v-twin. It has a front cylinder and a rear cylinder. Depending on the year and model of your bike they are either 45 degrees or 52 degrees from each other. Judging by your username, it looks like you may have a 1985. They are 52 degrees apart.
i compared them and they look the same, except there is number 1 and 2 written in the cylinder head so i guess 1 is front and 2 is the back :roll: i checked the manual but theres nothing specific for front and rear.
hmm.... in your case i'd flip a coin. more than likely you wont be able to put everything back together if you've got it backwards.
worst case scenario, your throttle becomes reverse and you've got yourself a nice new breezeway in your garage
hmm.... if I were to construct a bike......
a longer cylinder.... it would suggest a longer stroke.... if there was a longer stroking piston on a dual cylinder engine, where would I put it.... and why?
i'd put it in the front because it has a longer distance to travel than the rear.
I still say things wont fit right if it isn't assembled correctly. do you mean cylinder as in jug or a piston ring?
He's talking about the chain tensioners not the cylinders sparrow.
They should not be different at all. They are the same length and the same mounting position, with the same mounting points, and the same part numbers. One is probably different from the other due to the PO using another one off of another bike, since these are discontinued parts.