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Question Posted By: JimmyD on 7-10-2007

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Make of Bike: harley
Model of Bike fxwg
Year of Bike 1981
Engine Size 80
Other info on Bike basket case someone else put together
What's your question? Why do clutches drag?
Details: I pull the clutch lever and it barely does its job. very hard shift and when on jack hard to turn back wheel when i pull lever. 1.) Are there common causes for this? 2.) Does the tamer work (if so whats it do) or is there any little updated toys to help with the early style clutches? Clutches seem so basic but i've only assembled one. cant imagine what would cause this.

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  1. Have you checked the adjustments and checked if any parts are worn or bent? By: debb on: 7-10-2007


  2. Yes I checked all basics. Now i took it apart and clean every thing. Seems a little better bet still grabby. Just dont know why clutches do this sort of thing. They're just a bunch of plates. WHAT MAKES CLUTCHES DO THIS? any one have any thoughts? (47 knuck you know everything) why? By: JimmyD on: 7-11-2007


  3. Shovel clutches are touchy. I ran a soft clutch (1968-up) once and went right back to a mouse trap. Fuck soft clutches. If you want one that doesn't drag or slip...you have to know how to check for defects in all the clutch-related parts...and adjust that bitch "exactly" like the book tells you.

    If you've got a shit clutch lever on the handlebars...it won't adjust. If you have a cheap-ass clutch cable that stretches...it won't adjust. If you put 16" apes on your ride and use an extended clutch cable...it won't adjust right unless the cable is really thick...like the cables on a road paver.

    Both the primary and rear chain have to be adjusted correctly. The fingers in the clutch hub can't have any grooves in them. The steel discs can't be warped. The fiber discs not only have to be cleaned with solvent thoroughly...but sanded flat on a piece of 100 grit sandpaper until all the shiny is gone.

    The nuts on the pressure plate have to be set exactly as the manual says. The clutch rod on the top of the tranny has to be set exactly the right distance from the top of the "cow pie". You can't just "wing it" on this thing and hope it'll work. It won't.

    Clean everything...again...make sure you have the right amount of steel discs and the right type fiber discs are there, ('68 and up are different (thinner)) then do it exactly like the manual says.

    If you don't like the way that comes out you can replace the fiber discs with Kevlar discs, close off the primary and make it a wet-clutch system using ATF fluid. Actually, that change works better than a dry clutch!

    I've got to head back out of town to take care of business...but I'll check back here in a few days to see how you're doing.

    By: 47Knuckle-Dragger on: 7-11-2007



  4. All of what Knuck said and a green hand grip exerciser, one of them that look like a nut cracker. Just squeeze that mother all day long and soon your cluthch will feel like nothing at all. I liked the orange springs for my clutch. Of course after about twenty years of pulling that clutch you have to deal with carple tunnel shit, but by then who cares. Follow the manuel to the letter and check you steel plates on a piece of flat glass. Any warpage, shitcan them. Also soak your fiber plates and the steel ones in trannie fluid. By: Mark_Goff on: 7-16-2007


  5. All of what Knuck said and a green hand grip exerciser, one of them that look like a nut cracker. Just squeeze that mother all day long and soon your cluthch will feel like nothing at all. I liked the orange springs for my clutch. Of course after about twenty years of pulling that clutch you have to deal with carple tunnel shit, but by then who cares. Follow the manuel to the letter and check you steel plates on a piece of flat glass. Any warpage, shitcan them. Also soak your fiber plates and the steel ones in trannie fluid. By: Mark_Goff on: 7-16-2007


  6. Everything is working up until basket. I took it apart, cleaned, sanded fibers, polished mating areas of metal plates (FINGER mating). Hit fingers on basket with arizona stone just in case. new springs put together ...oogots, balls. fuck this fuckin thing what the fuck. Knuck its already a wet clutch. Is that ok? I think only belts were dry right? this is chain. The fiber discs have no grooves does this matter? Supposed to be dry if no grooves? I adjusted the cable too much...just slips AND drags. Its bad. have to pull hard on foot to shift. NO WAY to get in nuetral when running. Even when the springs are set weeeeaaak it grabs And slips too.When springs are set right you cant stop the bike...it goes or stalls. no clutch. I can see it move though. I pull the handle and p plate moves out 1/4 inch or some such. Bought a tamer. havent gotten it yet but shouldnt have too have it if all else is good right? Could the bearings the basket ride on cause it to tilt and make clutch grab like this? I,m buying a gay ass new bike. I love working on these things more than riding but when i cant figure it out i want to shoot the fuckin thing! By: JimmyD on: 7-23-2007


  7. By: Mark_Goff on: 8-16-2007



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