1st gear problem ???!!!

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by kawarex, Dec 31, 2009.

  1. kawarex

    kawarex New Member

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    I think i have a problem with first gear on my 1990 883 Sportster XLH, as when i set off it jumps and lurches about especially if i give it some gas but doesn't do it in any other gear?? If i take it really easy it's seems ok but i mean really easy, and i have tended to pull away in 2nd gear due to this but it sometimes is a bit of a pain when carrying a pillion.
    Any advice would be welcome before i begin to tear it down to inspect the gearbox!!!!:(
     
  2. Hoople

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    If it is not popping out of gear, it sounds more like a clutch issue. (?)

    Any bad sounds coming from the gearbox or elsewhere?

    What are you using for primary clutch lube.
     
  3. 2000classic

    2000classic Active Member

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    This maybe way out there but, check the drive belt to make sure it is not loose enough to slip over. Just a thought.:)
     
  4. rmarino14

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    Make sure the clutch is adjusted correctly.
     
  5. Iceman24

    Iceman24 Well-Known Member

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    Most definitely clutching & it only seems to act-up in 1st gear b/c engine/gear synchronization takes over once rolling so you need little clutching to switch gears. Take other member(s) advice & service the clutch. If you're not able to self-help - time for a dealer/service visit.
     
  6. BUBBIE

    BUBBIE Well-Known Member

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    ALSO CHECK THE PRIMARY CHAIN ADJUSTMENT...... a lot of times it ADDS to the problem if TOO LOOSE...

    signed....BUBBIE
     
  7. kawarex

    kawarex New Member

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    Thanks for the advice guys it looks like a Haynes manual and a clutch setup/inspection. Theres no nasty noises and if anything the drive belt is a touch too tight, a job for a couple of weeks time i think when the snow decides to disappear!!!
     
  8. Hoople

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    What's your Primary lube.
     
  9. BUBBIE

    BUBBIE Well-Known Member

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    I think this is a sportster? ,,, IF SO HD's formal+ works good as the tranny and wet clutch share the same bathroom.....

    signed....BUBBIE
     
  10. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    Adjust clutch and belt per manual and give her a try