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    my buddies 1200 sporty took a shit on him last night...he was riding around and all of the sudden his tranny wasen't engaging after he let off the clutch...hes been telling me that his clutch has been super stiff for a while...he said when he puts it in 1st gear and lets off the clutch the bike dosent do shit...so i told him over the phone to adjust the clutch cable tension at the middle of the cable...he did and the bike started to bite inn 1st, not much but enough to get his ass home...any idea why it would do that when it was fine all day...gonna foward this link to my buddy so he can read it...thansk fellow 33'ers

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    Stock clutch? The stock clutch has a riveted spring plate in the middle of the clutch pack. Those rivets bust and your clutch adjustment goes to shit. If that's the case, upgrade to a 9 friction plate setup. Also seen the wavy retainer on the shift detent plate fail and that'll mess up your shifting abilities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by threat357 View Post
    Stock clutch? The stock clutch has a riveted spring plate in the middle of the clutch pack. Those rivets bust and your clutch adjustment goes to shit. If that's the case, upgrade to a 9 friction plate setup. Also seen the wavy retainer on the shift detent plate fail and that'll mess up your shifting abilities.
    stock clutch from what i was told from my friend...im trying to make this as less diffuclt for him, he just rides and never wrenches...nwt the adjuster screw, do you turn it counter clockwise 1st then back 1/4 turn clockwise then the pack is adjusted?

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    Yep. counter-clockwise til resistance is felt, than 1/4 turn clockwise. Adjust the clutch with all of the adjustment taken out of the cable. Once the clutch pack is adjusted, set your cable adjustment. If the riveted plate has failed, it'll all come back out of adjustment pretty quick after shifting a few times.
    Pretty much have to pull your primary cover to inspect the shift detent plate and wavy spring retainer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by threat357 View Post
    Stock clutch? The stock clutch has a riveted spring plate in the middle of the clutch pack. Those rivets bust and your clutch adjustment goes to shit. If that's the case, upgrade to a 9 friction plate setup. Also seen the wavy retainer on the shift detent plate fail and that'll mess up your shifting abilities.
    you can save some money by using all of the stock plates and just replace the spring steel with 2 regular steels and a fiber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LDNCLR View Post
    you can save some money by using all of the stock plates and just replace the spring steel with 2 regular steels and a fiber.
    True, but if the current plates are toasted, the whole clutch pack's gotta be replaced. In that case, Harley sells a SE Performance clutch pack that does without the riveted plate, and the whole setup costs a lot less than buying stock plates.

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    Went to my friends house to give him a hand, adjusted the clutch pack and cable, didnt do shit...when i opened up the cover it smelled like it was "burn't"...suffice to say i think he may have to repace the plates i think

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    You are correct. No mistaking that smell.

    Sent from my DROIDX using Tapatalk 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by threat357 View Post
    You are correct. No mistaking that smell.

    Sent from my DROIDX using Tapatalk 2
    yup, opened the cover up and barely and fluid came out, and what fluid did come out looked like dirty as oil

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    Normally, a specialty tool (identified in the service manual) is needed to remove the diaphragm spring to pull the clutch pack. Hopefully you have access to one, or can rig up something clever. Much easier on big twins

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    Quote Originally Posted by threat357 View Post
    Normally, a specialty tool (identified in the service manual) is needed to remove the diaphragm spring to pull the clutch pack. Hopefully you have access to one, or can rig up something clever. Much easier on big twins

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    no tool, gonna have to rig something up

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    Get a new clutch kit from energy one...it's cheap, and the tool comes with it!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by coldsmokejr View Post
    Get a new clutch kit from energy one...it's cheap, and the tool comes with it!!!!!!
    Right on, i'll let hm know

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    Quote Originally Posted by coldsmokejr View Post
    Get a new clutch kit from energy one...it's cheap, and the tool comes with it!!!!!!
    2nd on the energy one pack. They're super awesome people (local to me) and tool does come with it. Pretty easy to replace clutch pack. Thing is you'll have to make sure if those rivets broke apart from spring plate that they didn't score the clutch basket. You'll have to pull the clutch pack out to see. If they did score basket, you'll need to either file it down smooth or if it's really bad actually replace it. I got lucky and caught it in time. Good luck!

    Also I think Dan at Old Gold Garage carries the energy one pack. if you don't get it direct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RICsterXL1200 View Post
    2nd on the energy one pack. They're super awesome people (local to me) and tool does come with it. Pretty easy to replace clutch pack. Thing is you'll have to make sure if those rivets broke apart from spring plate that they didn't score the clutch basket. You'll have to pull the clutch pack out to see. If they did score basket, you'll need to either file it down smooth or if it's really bad actually replace it. I got lucky and caught it in time. Good luck!

    Also I think Dan at Old Gold Garage carries the energy one pack. if you don't get it direct.
    right on, thanks..i'll forward this info to my friend

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    Burned my clutch out yesterday on the way home. I had the cable adjusted too tight. It's an '06 XL1200. Is this the kit you're talking about?

    http://www.energyoneclutches.com/pro...&cat=13&page=1

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    Quote Originally Posted by gonzoguilt View Post
    Burned my clutch out yesterday on the way home. I had the cable adjusted too tight. It's an '06 XL1200. Is this the kit you're talking about?

    http://www.energyoneclutches.com/pro...&cat=13&page=1
    I believe that's correct. I just burned mine up too. looks like those guys are about to make some cash...

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    They made my cash over year ago!

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    The evo sportys I have worked on I have never adjusted the tension in the middle. If you adjust it right at the derby there is no issues. The same on a ironhead but instead of running 50wt that takes forever to warm up i use atf and they wont walk. Just my experience-"Hire A apprentice while they still know everything"
    RTFM

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    Quote Originally Posted by gonzoguilt View Post
    They made my cash over year ago!
    Haha I meant my cash. the clutch working out pretty well for you?

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