Help!!! Clutch Does Nothing!!!

Discussion in 'Transmission' started by JARK, Dec 14, 2008.

  1. JARK

    JARK New Member

    I have an 04 Road King Custom. I changed the clutch cable to a braided stainless steel line. I compared the new line to the old one before installing it. They were the same length. I installed the cable per the service manual instructions and then went throught the clutch adjustment again by the book. Now, when I crank the bike and pull in the clutch, the gears only GRIND as if the clutch is not even pulled in. I can take the derby cover off and see the plate move when pulling the lever in (though the manual doesnt seem to tell me how far the plate should move). I can look in the tranny dipstick hole and see the ramp mechanism move (once again, not sure how far it should move). The clutch lever feels good when you pull it in, just like it did before changing the cable. Any suggestions as to what I did wrong?
  2. dangerdan

    dangerdan Junior Member

    There is an adjustment on the clutch cable and a seperate adjustment at the clutch.
    Check out the self help...There is a lot of good stuff there. Thats where this info came from and thats how I adusted mine

  3. glider

    glider Veteran Member

    It sounds like not enough pull on the cable. New cables will stretch a bit and the procedure posted above by Dan should compensate for any stretching.
  4. snowman06

    snowman06 Member

    About a week ago I put apes on my springer and did the same thing. My problem was I didn't have the retaining ring in the groove inside the transmission cover. Everything looked good and was moving but the clutch would not engage.