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Default How to adjust a 1969 Sportster clutch

I have a 1969 Ironhead Sportster that needs a clutch adjustment, everything I find online is completely different than mine. My clutch adjustment cable does not go to my primary cover but on the opposite side cover (right side) where my shift pedal is. It goes right into the cover with no adjustment nut at all, the only adjustment I have to take up the cable slack is at the top of my clutch lever on the handlebars. I can't find anything showing me how to adjust the clutch on this year bike with the same set up I have. I found a instruction page from a manual for a 69 but really can't understand most of what they're talking about. Can anyone explain to me in easy step terms seeing it's the first time I adjusted a clutch on a Sportster, I'm just a beginner working on a Harley. I tried doing it from the book but I still can't get it right, I must be doing something wrong. I can send photos of what I'm talking about if it'll help, still trying to figure out how to do it on here, lol. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks..
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Familiarize yourself with the part names and, I think, you need to remove the Kicker cover.

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I have a XLH electric start Sportster that has the adjusting lock nut and adjusting screw accessible from the outside of the kick start cover, I also have wet clutches. I believe the adjustment page I found for a 69 said to:
1. Back off clutch adjusting screw lock nut and the clutch adjusting screw
2. Take up cable slack by turning the adjusting nut on the clutch lever handle until tight
3. Turn in clutch adjustment screw until you have about a 1/8" play on clutch handle then tighten locking nut.
If I'm right I think that's what the 69 manual was telling me to do on a XLH, am I correct doing it this way?
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The following thread is a detailed description of how to do the adjustment and I'm sure it's accurate.

http://xlforum.net/forums/showpost.p...89&postcount=9

If you have a wet clutch it means that the clutch friction plates have been changed from the original dry to a type designed to run in oil and the cover on the clutch has been left off, but the adjustment procedure remains the
same.

Be aware that the weight of oil in the primary case can have an affect on the feel of a wet clutch.

NOTE: Ignore the instructions given in post #2. Everything after step 5 makes no sense. The adjustment you're doing does not require removing the left side primary cover. And to turn the release rod (37279-56) you would have to take the springs and release disk off.

Actually what you posted in post 3 sounds right.

The cover (37760-52) mentioned in post two is the cover you shouldn't have if you have wet clutch plates. You would have to remove the primary cover to adjust the spring tension but you probably don't need to and the spring setting is not given here.
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