Clutch adjustment issue

Discussion in 'Transmission' started by Streetglider08, May 11, 2011.

  1. Streetglider08

    Streetglider08 Member

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    I'm getting alot of slop in my clutch lever and it was shifting a little hard today. So I opened up my manual and looked up clutch adjustment. Got slack in the cable and popped the clutch inspection cover and loosened up the jam nut, adjusted the clutch screw, tights the jam nut and then took the slack out of the cable. Put the cover back on and have great lever tension with almost no slack. Now when I pull out in first gear the clutch doesn't grab untill it's almost totally out. I feel that it's not right or am I just not used to it. Not sure, it's all new to me. only thing I'm thinking is I should not have touched the clutch adjustment screw and just should have taken the slack out with the cable adjuster but I didn't realize it untill it was too late. Bike has 6k on it and the clutch prob should not have been adjusted, just the cable. Is it too late to put the clutch adjustment screw back where it was? And start over?
     
  2. Redfish-Joe

    Redfish-Joe Senior Member

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  3. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Adjust the clutch pack to 1/2 turn out from lightly seated. Only adjust the clutch on a cold motor.
     
  4. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Did you collapsed the clutch cable adjuster all the way before you did the adjustment inside the derby cover? You mentioned that you "got slack in the cable".

    Do a little research in the Self-help pages on adjusting the clutch. Follow one of those procedures and you will be good to go.

    Transmission,Clutch and Primary (Drive Train) - Harley Davidson Community

    TQ
     
  5. Streetglider08

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    Any adjustments I'm making with the screw are done when the cable is loose. I backed the adjustment screw out a tad and redid all the steps and it seems better now. What will happen if it's a little warm when I do it?
     
  6. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    Tolerances all change when warm:s
     
  7. Streetglider08

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    So if it's working well now, when I leave for working in the morning it could be way off from how it is now? And then I'll have to do it all over again?
     
  8. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    Really depends on how warm the clutch pack is, all adjustments should be done on a cold clutch, you will know in the AM Good Luck:s
     
  9. Streetglider08

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    Lol. Great. This kind of stuff keeps me awake at night! I'll be out there in 2 hrs when it cools. Thanks for the help guys and quick replies.
     
  10. dbmg

    dbmg Experienced Member

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    The key word is cold. Like after sitting overnight, then perform adjustment.