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How far are you all finding that you need to turn the adjusting screw counter-clockwise until you feel resistance?

I found that I only had to turn it about 3/4 of a turn before I felt the resistance. I then backed it off a 1/4 turn clockwise from there.

Seemed pretty minimal.

Great post Chris, thanks for the pics.
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nice demo...sure is helpful....I have problems with o-rings down south in the heat...I stick them in a cup of ice..shrinks them up a little helps them fit better....
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How far are you all finding that you need to turn the adjusting screw counter-clockwise until you feel resistance?

I found that I only had to turn it about 3/4 of a turn before I felt the resistance. I then backed it off a 1/4 turn clockwise from there.

Seemed pretty minimal.

Great post Chris, thanks for the pics.
Seems that was about how far I got also till I felt some decent resistance, again it's a feel thing you'll have to play with a little till you get it right.

Once you get it though you're home free on the next adjustment.

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cjburr ur the MAN!!! thanks alot for the full detail! i have a 99 and it was the same thing! nobody responded to my posts so i tried this out and it worked like a charm!! mad props bud!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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i have the same problem when the bike is put into first gear after sitting overnight or just for awhile sometimes if i hold clutch in for awhile it goes right in no clunk or grind but to my knowledge i never had it adjusted and now the bike has 6200 miles on it (what do you think ? could this be the problem)
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These are constant mesh transmissions so the gears are never making grinding noises while the dogs might be when attempting to shift.

Wet clutches like ours will always have a tendency to stick a little when left overnight or longer, which can create conditions for a noiser engagement when the dogs for first gear are first engaged after the bike is started up. On my old Triumphs and Norton I used to kick through in neutral with the clutch lever pulled in in order to free up the clutch before starting. On my Sporty I merely put the gearbox in first before starting and back the bike out of my garage with the clutch lever pulled in. That serves to break the clutch loose.

Adding more fluid than is required can make the clutch stick more. Adding 28 ounces after draining brings my primary level right up to where the manual recommends. Adding more would not be helpful.

A loose primary chain can increase the clunk when shifting

Minor differences in clutch adjustment can cause things to act differently.
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While it is important to keep the clutch and primary chain within adjustment tolerances, that alone will not stop it from clunking into gear sometimes. Don explained it very well. What I do to free up the clutches before putting into gear is pull in the clutch and then rev the engine a little (blip the throttle), then slip it into gear....and it will jsut slip into gear
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Should the clutch lever be pulled in or out when making the adjustment?

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Started my 10 K service today, so I figured I might as well check the clutch adjustment after all the horror stories on the XLF lately.

When turning the adjusting screw counter-clockwise, I noticed the whole assembly lifted as resistance was being felt. I re-checked it several times, and it seems the assembly lift will top out just as resistance is being dialed in. It doesn't go any higher, even if you continue to tighten it. So, I think this will serve as a double check for your "feel" to be sure you don't over-tighten the clutch. I then backed the screw off 1/4 turn which resulted in a final position 1/8 turn counterclockwise from where it was when I started.

Maybe it's all in my head, but the butt-dyno says it's faster-who knows, maybe there was a slight slip before? Only time will tell.

The Quad-ring was twisted in 2 spots (by the dealer) I moved the twisted areas up to the 12-2 o'clock position, so hopefully it won't leak-hasn't yet.
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