Clutch adjustment

Discussion in 'Transmission' started by turnerbend, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. turnerbend

    turnerbend Active Member

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    What is best way to tell if clutch need adjusting?
     
  2. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    How much free travel do you have, where does the clutch start to release, does it shift good and is Neutral is easy to find?
     
  3. BUBBIE

    BUBBIE Well-Known Member

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    Thought I'd put my method out again... (very close to HD's method)

    Take a look and you can see "Where your adjustment was" and setting it to give you good control of the clutch lever...

    Using 1/2 to 3/4 turn out on the clutch adjuster works best for many who do it this way.

    Harley Davidson Community

    signed....BUBBIE
     
  4. Midnight Reign

    Midnight Reign Active Member

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    After answering Jacks questions, take the bike out for a ride, get it up to normal operating temps then find a steep hill if possible or get the bike rolling normally then select a gear that is to high for the speed you are going, for instance say 4th gear at about 30- 35 mph, then BRISKLY roll on the throttle. If the motor bogs down and excellerates slugishly the clutch is most likely adjusted properly. If the bike doesnt excellerate but the rpms increase in response to the throttle then the clutch is slipping and will need either adjustment or replacement.

    The one thing you want to be carefull of is not using the cable adjustment to try and compensate for a slipping clutch. That adjustment is soley for the preload on the throw out bearing which is roughly the size and thickness of a nickel. If this is set too tight you WILL destroy the throw out bearing in short order.
     
  5. BOWHIKER

    BOWHIKER Junior Member

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    Why can't you adjust the cable just a little to take the slack out of the lever ?
     
  6. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    You can BUT, best off to do the entire adjustment, then fine tine the lever, this way all parts are in sync:s