softtail clutch

Discussion in 'Transmission' started by HOLY DIVER, Apr 14, 2013.

  1. HOLY DIVER

    HOLY DIVER Junior Member

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    ok got my first softtail a few weeks ago and it seems kinda hard to get it in the lower gears 1st gear clunks more than i was used to on my road king,i read in self help section about this and it said most of the time adjusting the clutch pack will help this.i did that today but it still clunks pretty hard going into 1st now if the bike is still rolling just a bit it falls right in to 1st no clunk,time for a new clutch?or is the softtail transmission just not as smooth as the touring bikes?
    note:i can not feel the clutch slip at all in any of the gears
     
  2. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    You did adjust the clutch cold? What is in your tranny for lube and is the primary chain adjusted ?
     
  3. HOLY DIVER

    HOLY DIVER Junior Member

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    yes adjusted it cold,tranny lube is Lucas 75w90 synthetic,haven't checked primary chain yet good idea will do asap
     
  4. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    When the bike is standing still and the revs are low it takes a wee while for the clutch to throw the oil clear and fully disengage so try holding clutch leaver in for 5-10 sec before selecting first

    Brian
     
  5. pigrider

    pigrider Active Member

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    What oil are you running in you're primary? I've been running 10/40 in mine and there's alot less clunk than when I was running 20/50 and still works well when hot.
     
  6. doctor727

    doctor727 Active Member

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    I have a 2004 Softail and run Amsoil 20-50 in all three holes. Once my bike gets warn, I hold the clutch in for 5-10 seconds before shifting into first. NO CLUNK. Up shift from 1st still no clunk. Very smooth and quiet. Adjusted clutch cold a while back and have no problems since.Just my .02
     
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2013
  7. Taildraggerdave

    Taildraggerdave Active Member

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    Mine goes into first with a pretty good clunk. If I'm just starting the bike, I start with the clutch pulled in and put it in first as soon as the engine starts and it goes in quietly.

    Take care,
    Dave
     
  8. HOLY DIVER

    HOLY DIVER Junior Member

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    the primary chain was out of adjustment,put it back in spec this seemed to help a good bit also changed the primary fluid gonna ride it!
     
  9. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    :D Good deal, that will take care of slow speed jerking as well:s
     
  10. HOLY DIVER

    HOLY DIVER Junior Member

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    still just a little clunk but if i take fin676's advise and hold the clutch in a sec before i put it in gear, no clunk at all