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The only trick to that is backing out the lock nut far enough to get the spread on the grip tips wide enough to contact the cover good.
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Originally Posted by doodah man View Post
“…clutch drags bad, when adjusted by the book…”
Changing the primary oil from 70wt is a good start, but before you do anything else, try piniongear’s clutch adjustment:

1) Loosen the lock nut on the cable adjuster.

2) Turn the cable adjuster inward (towards the primary) until there is a lot of slack in the cable at the clutch lever.

3) Now remove the center plug in the primary cover.

4) Loosen the lock nut on the center adjusting screw.

5) Turn in the adjusting screw until you feel it get harder to turn the screw. (The screw is now touching the outer plate)

6) Continue to turn in the screw a full 2 turns. Stop.

7) Go back to the cable adjuster and unscrew the adjuster while watching the slack disappear at the lever.
When you have removed all slack at the lever stop turning the adjuster. You want to have neither play or load in the cable at the clutch lever at this stage. Just a nice neutral no play/no tightness at the lever.

8) Now tighten the lock nut on the adjuster. DO NOT TOUCH this again. You are through with the cable adjuster.

9) Going back to the center screw......... Turn the screw out until you feel it turn easier. Stop.
Turn the screw back in until you feel it touch the outer plate. Stop.
Now turn the screw back out 1/8 to 1/4 turn. Stop.

10) Without allowing the screw to move, tighten down the lock nut. Replace the primary plug and you are done.

You will notice that you now have about 1/8 inch cable play at the lever. This is a result of you doing the adjustment correctly this time.
Many people fail to understand how to adjust a Sportster clutch and most fiddle with the cable adjuster to obtain cable slack at the lever. This is the wrong thing to do.

If you do this adjustment following what I have said your clutch will be as perfectly adjusted as is possible.
If you think it still drags after this then all I can say to you is that is the way it is.
We are talking about a Harley Davidson here, not a Honda.
So do not expect your Sportster to go into first gear with a light 'snick' like your friend's Gold Wing does. It is going to be a loud 'CLUNK' because it is a Harley, not a Honda.
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Alright, we will follow that procedure when start working on the Ironhead next week. Got to finish installing the bumper winch from 4Wheelonline onto the Wrangler before we can clear the garage and address the dragging clutch.
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