First gear grinding

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by Jack49, Sep 14, 2013.

  1. Jack49

    Jack49 Member

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    I thought my clutch needed to be adjusted but I'm not sure now. I followed all the directions supplied hear on this site. Did everything after the bike sat overnite (COLD) but I still can't get first gear to go in without grinding. Maybe something else is going on? Prior to this I noticed that the clutch was not completely releasing at times. At a red light in first gear, clutch depressed the bike wanted to move forward and neutral was very difficult to find. Then one day I started it and first gear felt very sponge and it was grinding. If I hit it hard it went into gear (not what I wanted to do). Any ideas or suggestions would help. Its an '08 Ultra 96cu almost 28,000 miles.
     
  2. tourbox

    tourbox Senior Member

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    First off, Welcome from So. Texas. After you adjusted the clutch did the creeping at a light,etc., stop? Check your fluid levels in tranny & primary. Also check your primary chain tension. If it is to tight it could be putting the clutch in a bind. To do that check you will have to remove your Outer Primary cover because yours is auto adjust.
    tourbox
     
  3. seadogbrr

    seadogbrr Member

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    I agree with what tourbox has said in addition while I had the primary cover off I would pull the clutch from the clutch basket and clean and inspect the plates. I solved a problem very similar to these by changing to a lighter weight oil in the primary. Oil level in the primary can effect clutch performance.
     
  4. Jack49

    Jack49 Member

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    Hey tourbox, The creeping at the light happen the day before first gear started grinding, but it does not creep now. Trying to go into first gear it feels mushy and grinds unless I hit it real hard. How do I check the primary chain tensioner?
     
  5. BUBBIE

    BUBBIE Well-Known Member

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    TRY a different clutch adjustment....
    I could NEVER get Mr Data's (glider) to work..

    My method is the one closest to HD's...

    Other problems could be the clutch cable/outer case worn,,, or NOT the proper 1/16 MIN at the ferrule (clutch handle)

    Always hold the clutch handle full in and count a slow 5...... Then PRESS/shift it into gear

    TRY this one in below Link......

    Harley Davidson Forums

    signed....BUBBIE
     
  6. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    What do you run for primary lube? Have you checked all the linkages ?
     
  7. BUBBIE

    BUBBIE Well-Known Member

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    Never did Ask:

    Do you have the stock grips on you bike and/or NO fancy frilly dodads in the way of your clutch handle's FULL Squeeze?

    signed....BUBBIE
     
  8. mat 60

    mat 60 Senior Member

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    Quote Mat........Sorry but..........Fancy frilly dodads...:newsmile100:
     
  9. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    Must be a technical term I'm not familiar with. :p
     
  10. BUBBIE

    BUBBIE Well-Known Member

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    Remember the NEW rules:bigsmiley30:


    Laugh IF you want..... Lots of times it is that simple of a Cause...

    One rider I know had problems shifting into and out of gear... Had Fancy Leathers around the grips and Tossels streaming off that...

    Thinking he needed a clutch adjustment...

    I asked him;
    Now how are you going to get a FULL Clutch Pull with them Frilleys in the way.....??????????

    That is why I like to ask them frilly questions...:newsmile105:

    Maybe HUMOR for you but a LOT Of WISDOM from Me.......

    signed....BUBBIE