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I replaced the clutch with an Energy One clutch kit which includes the tool, all the kevlar was perfectly centred, no issues at all, the clutch works great now.




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my clutch shell was in the same shape as yours..actually i think my spring plate was in worse shape..did you replace the shell? i used a file and got all the rough edges off and made suure the plates moved back and forth smoothly..its been 2 months and over 1,000 miles since i changed it out with the energy one and no problems so far..
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mine went at about 22k, its an 04 1200 xlc. i didn't adjust the clutch routienly, i used HD clutch and tranny fluid. i used to ride VERY aggresive. after the new clutch i drive like an old man now
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my clutch shell was in the same shape as yours..actually i think my spring plate was in worse shape..did you replace the shell? i used a file and got all the rough edges off and made suure the plates moved back and forth smoothly..its been 2 months and over 1,000 miles since i changed it out with the energy one and no problems so far..
Mine went at 29,550 KM or 18,362 miles. I did not change the clutch shell, they went in easy so I didn't bother. Seems fine so far.

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Mine went over the weekend, haven't fixed it yet. After so much rain this is killing me...

The offending part, the balls that go with the ring are nowhere to be seen (haven't pulled off the primary cover yet).



Edit: Bike has about 13000km, I ride pretty aggressively through traffic. Service was done by someone else but the fluid level is OK.

Edit 2: After doing some research the ball bearing is part # 8885, the inner race has pulled away from the outer race. The bearings are missing and the inner race is torn up and missing bits of metal so it's looking like I'll rebuild the clutch.
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1. Year of bike - 2003
2. Model (1200/883/other) - 883 Hugger
3. Miles on clutches? - 1500
4. Fluid used when slipping of clutch began? What ever was in it?
5. How many miles on that same fluid? - 1500
6. Did you perform routine adjustments per the service/owners manual? Only had 1500 miles on bike. Bought it a year ago with 108 miles on it.
7. Your riding style: Aggressive, semi-aggressive, normal, and easy going. Bike was used as a trike with a removable Voyager kit on it (Wife's ride)

With the weight of the voyager kit and wife's weight (not a Twiggy ) the 883 had to strain getting up hills here in Western North Carolina. So as a result, burned up clutch. R&P Cycle in Fletcher NC installed a DP High Performance clutch kit, and then recommended that the front sprocket be dropped down a tooth from 27 to 26. Wow the bike woke up. No straining between shifts, able to leap steep hills in a single bound, and shifts as smooth as silk. Also added an oil cooler to keep things on the cool side
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2005 1200xl 24000 miles v-twin oil clutch serviced per manual normal riding style.Install energy one clutch with harley formula + primary fluid.
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Been reading this with interest, I've a 2003 883 that is triked and now opened up to 1200cc, so far the clutch is holding out but what I would like is, can those of you who have changed for these lock-up clutches etc, give out some details, so if I have to change I can go ahead and get what seems to me the best clutch for the job. I'm sure there are others who would be interested as well. Cheers Dave
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Lately it seems we are seeing a lot of post about clutch issues. A few short years ago you hardly ever heard anyone posting about their clutch slipping or complete failures. So what is causing the increase in clutch issues on our beloved Sportsters? Is it SportTrans fluid is no longer available and the new Formula+ or other alternatives people are now using is causing the clutches to slip? Was there a redesign? So I am going to ask a few questions to help us isolate if their could be a common cause. If you have ideas for additional questions to help isolate the cause, please PM them to me and I will had them to the list.

1. Year of bike
2. Model (1200/883/other)
3. Miles on clutches?
4. Fluid used when slipping of clutch began?
5. How many miles on that same fluid?
6. Did you perform routine adjustments per the service/owners manual?
7. Your riding style: Aggressive, semi-agressive, normal, and easy going

The title of this thread leads itself to some mischief.. But since it was you Shu to post. I'll be nice..
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