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You are a lifesaver. I was reading my service manual and just wasn't getting it. Your pics saved the day. I will be changing my clutch cable tomorrow.
You will need a new seal where the clutch cable goes into the primary. There is no need to remove the primary cover just to change the cable.

You just need to follow the post till the ramp is removed from the cable, and then unscrew the lower clutch cable from the primary cover.

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Chris, thanks a bunch, I just got a new diaphragm spring from Energy One (25% stronger) and was searching for "how 2"s Why is it necessary to replace the retaining ring? Is is destroyed when you remove it?
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I'm not sure, it came out very easily with no damage, I used my brass O-Ring removal tool. The manual says to replace it, just as they say to replace all snap rings after they are used.

Cheap insurance I guess, or the MoCo going for every penny.

Use your own discretion here.

How long did it take Energy One to get you your parts ??
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Chris, when I ordered my new spring, I picked the cheapest shipping, I thought. It was $20.00 shipping, for a $16.00 spring! Turns out, it was UPS second day. Got it two days after I ordered it! I'm afraid I might have went overboard with the 25% stronger, but we'll see. I don't want to be poping clutch cables on a regular basis. I think I will have to order the compressor tool. Thought maybe I'd try to make something, as I'll probably only use it once or twice, at the most. I wonder if those threads on the adjuster are standard, or metric?
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Chris in your travels have you ever run across what the actual spring force is? I have been unable to find any specifics on the stock springs and Energy One only makes claims of 15% and 25% greater spring pressure, no real spring force numbers.

Sure would like to know what the new 883's have and the new 1200's have and also what exactly is Energy One supplying.
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A friend at work found somewhere on the web that the stock 1200 Sportster clutch was designed for 80 to 85 HP.

Most things like this are at least a little overengineered from the factory.
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A friend at work found somewhere on the web that the stock 1200 Sportster clutch was designed for 80 to 85 HP.

Most things like this are at least a little overengineered from the factory.
If that is true then any of the new 1200's with any new cams are going to be "right there". It would seem to me that if you plan on doing anything to the new Sportster motors to make horsepower you should also include a clutch upgrade.

I was going to go with the "stock 1200" spring but now it seems that it makes much more sense to go the Energy One route. It would really be helpful if we had some actual numbers to compare. I plan on speaking with Energy One next week. If I find out any hard numbers I'll report back.

I'm waiting to see how your upgrade turns out on the dyno. Please report back ASAP we're all waiting to hear.
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No joy for me on getting my clutch pack today

Perhaps Monday
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Good info on where to buy the tool as well as info on springs.
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