clutch problems

Discussion in 'Transmission' started by nascar7613, Sep 18, 2015.

  1. nascar7613

    nascar7613 Active Member

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    2009 Street Glide. Seems like the clutch is not disengaging completely. The clutch starts engaging right off the grip, less then half an inch, can't get neutral with bike running from 1st gear, if I'm real careful I can find neutral from 2nd. Took the clutch discs out, they were gummed up and sticking together. Put in new clutch discs, both friction and steel, cleaned all the gummy crap from inside the clutch basket, backed off the clutch cable all the way, turned the adjustment screw out then in until resistance then backed off half a turn, adjusted cable until less then eighth of an inch freeplay, and the clutch basically acts the same. What else would cause the clutch not to fully disengage?
     
  2. nascar7613

    nascar7613 Active Member

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    Just a thought, but could it be that the new clutch pack needs to wear into the basket a little bit?
     
  3. Dan.1977P

    Dan.1977P Active Member

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    I know you replaced the discs, but did you adjust the clutch from there before doing the cable adjustment?
     
  4. nascar7613

    nascar7613 Active Member

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    Yea, I did the adjustment on the bottom first, then the cable. I took the bike for a short ride this afternoon, and I can find neutral now & the clutch engages a little further away from the grip. Maybe the tabs on the discs need to wear down slightly to slide in the basket easier.
     
  5. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    What primary oil are you using as incorrect oil can cause the clutch to not release as well as it should
    With the clutch spinning when the pressure from the spring is removed most of the oil should be thrown clear of the plates leaving only a thin film
    Sometimes holding the clutch leaver in for a moment will help with disconnection

    Brian
     
  6. nascar7613

    nascar7613 Active Member

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    It has Biker's Choice primary chain case lubricant. It's getting much better on it's own the more I ride it, 20 miles or so, noticeable difference.
     
  7. Bodeen

    Bodeen Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    The plates relubricating themselves after having them out and cleaning them would make a big difference..
     
  8. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    Have you checked the ball and ramp on the right side ?
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    Have a look here, this works good