Clutch question

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by stevec314, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. stevec314

    stevec314 Member

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    My buddy just bought his first Harley and we both have noticed that the clutch seems to go out further as the bike gets hotter. I have noticed this with my Ultra as well. Why does it do that? Its not a problem but I need to learn somthing new today.
     
  2. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Heat expands the different parts in the clutch system changing the initial setting. The clutch should always be set cold and rechecked when hot .
     
  3. Tboehle

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    What do you mean by that? I have an '09 and it does the same thing. I adjusted the cable for just a little freeplay while cold and by late in the day I have a 1/4" of clutch lever play.
     
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  4. LarsFromMars

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    It's from the heat expanding everything. After your 1k service you should notice a lot of improvement on your 09, at least I did. They all do it, I don't think anything is warped as everyone I know went through the same thing.

    LJ
     
  5. Bud White

    Bud White Well-Known Member Retired Moderators

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    Normal if the plates were warped ya would start losing the clutch as it heated up
     
  6. skcm2006

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    I got my 1k service done and I personally think they messed it up.

    First run through the lever had over 2" of play - The tech did not tighten it up. So I had him tighten it up - then I took it on the ride and it was not smooth and was sticking on the release, by that I mean when I released it was not smooth, sort of knotchy. Took it to the Service Manager and he told me that was normal - I then asked him to show me on any one of the bikes he has in the garage and if it is the same then I told him I will shut up. He went to a bike and tried on three other bike and then looked at me and said I was right - finally he had his tech readjust it - it feels normal now...
     
  7. softailsteve

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    sounds like you need to find a different dealer to do your nextservice
     
  8. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    In your case, I would adjust the cold freeplay to 1/8" or so, using Glider's method and video guide as reference. Minimum freeplay cold means the friction zone is in the middle of the lever travel for ease of use. :p
     
  9. skcm2006

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    Noticed this morning that the clutch is grabbing again when it is 40% released. The friction zone is very minimal - will the clutch adjustment video be the same for 09 FLHX? I would rather turn my own wrenches if possible.

    Thanks
     
  10. glider

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    Should be the same as previous years as far as adjustment.