1967 clutch and mousetrap

Discussion in 'Classic Models' started by truck7547, Apr 17, 2014.

  1. truck7547

    truck7547 New Member

    I am trying to find anybody who could help me with setting the clutch and mousetrap on a 1967 FLH I do not have a manual and I cant afford to go by one. Can any one help me?
  2. tourbox

    tourbox Senior Member

    If you do a google or bing search for mouse trap clutch adj. you will find numerous articles. I have a manual but much to lengthy to post or copy.
  3. truck7547

    truck7547 New Member

    thanks tour box I will give it a try!
  4. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

    Make sure the adjustment from the edge of the spring retainer to the pressure plate is no less than 1". If your clutch doesn't slip, you might even go a few clicks out. The lighter the spring pressure you can get away with before the clutch slips, the less the mousetrap has to work to counteract it.
    Next, put as much slack into the mousetrap cable as you can, loosen the forward stop screw and turn it out a few turns. Loosen up the spring tension hook as well. Unlock the nut on the center of the clutch adjustment screw and turn it out a few turns.
    Now everything is nice and baggy, so we can start adjusting. One more thing, grease the pivot on the hand lever and the pin where the cable hooks to the lever.
    Run some 3 in 1 oil down the motorcycle cable until it drips out the other end. When everything is juicy, you don't have the "sticktion" that makes the clutch hard initially. Also grease the mousetrap pivot, and the eye clevis that hooks it to the long clutch pull rod, and the hook from the cable to the mousetrap.
    Now-turn the center screw motorcycle part on the clutch in slowly until it bottoms out, then back it off about a quarter turn. Lock the locknut. Now set the travel screw on the mousetrap so it goes over center by about 1/8". Be careful or it will bite you, but it should stay locked in the forward position, and snap back over center with just a bit of movement.
    You may have to lengthen or shorten the long skinny rod to get just a hair of slack with the mousetrap in the lock forward position. Now take up the slack in the cable until you have 1/16" or so. Now when you pull in the clutch the mousetrap will operate the clutch, but since we loosened the big spring up it will be real hard.
    What most folks don't realize is the big spring works in opposition to the clutch springs, so tightening it up makes the clutch easier. Tighten the bottom hook up a half turn at a time until the clutch is much easier. If you go too far, it won't snap forward over center, so go that far and then back off a little at a time until it's easy and still snaps forward and locks over center.
    That's it! Just one other thing I can think of and that's if the mousetrap doesn't work freely, or is not positioned correctly on the downtube, it could affect operation. If your clutch slips and you have to tighten the 3 or 5 adjuster nuts a couple of clicks, you need to tighten the big mousetrap spring to compensate.