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Anyone happen to take any before and after photos of the clutch basket and hub when they are grooved from and exploding spring plate? there aren't any videos on youtube about it using specifically harley sportsters. I haven't been able to get to my bike and apparently it hasn't been worked on but when I do get to her I want to file her grooves out the right way. I dont really need to take the entire basket out to file it do I? I know to be sure any filings are removed before the plates go back in. Thanks again all.
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it happened two times to me
once on both my rides (60k kms and 30k kms respectively)
both times no need to replace the basket
IDK if the dealer had to file them...
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I have not done this work myself, but have read countless threads on here about it. None of the ones I can find right now have pictures.

But, I don't think you actually want to "file her grooves out". The grooves will remain, but rather you want to remove just the burrs. The plates need to move freely without catching on the burrs, but if you attempt to take the grooves out completely you will likely ruin the basket. As I understand this is very tedious and time consuming work, but much more affordable than replacing the basket. I believe those that do this filing leave the basket in the bike.
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I don't think you actually want to "file her grooves out". The grooves will remain, but rather you want to remove just the burrs. The plates need to move freely without catching on the burrs, but if you attempt to take the grooves out completely you will likely ruin the basket. As I understand this is very tedious and time consuming work, but much more affordable than replacing the basket. I believe those that do this filing leave the basket in the bike.
precisely... according to what the dealer told me...
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i have not done this work myself, but have read countless threads on here about it. None of the ones i can find right now have pictures.

but, i don't think you actually want to "file her grooves out". The grooves will remain, but rather you want to remove just the burrs. The plates need to move freely without catching on the burrs, but if you attempt to take the grooves out completely you will likely ruin the basket. As i understand this is very tedious and time consuming work, but much more affordable than replacing the basket. I believe those that do this filing leave the basket in the bike.

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The "grooves" will remain
The high spots are the ones that need to be filed flat
Best done by hand with a diamond file until every plate slides in and out of the basket easily.
Dont think I would attempt it with a Dremel
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Thanks so much everyone. I get it now. I know not to take out the grooves, just the burrs and to make it so that the plates slide smoothly. No way in hell am I even going to go anywhere near a dremel to do this, just gonna find a file and go slow, I've had nails before, I should get this filing thing going well. Now if I could only get my bike back home, that's a whole other story. Buddy with roommate harley mechanic has been giving me excuses( no power, the flu) and I know his mechanic friend is just going to tell me to buy an entire new clutch rather than fixing it... to be continued.
I'll try to get some good before and after pics for this forum. I know I wont be the last person with an exploding spring plate. thanks again, this forum is awesome!
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Your buddy friend mechanic work for a stealer 'dealer', he'll surely ask for a new basket, a new spring plate, a new diaphragm spring, a new clutch pack, a new clip and retainer, a new; do you get it now.

Just file the burrs and good to go. A straight medium coarse file is what you need.
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Sorry, no pictures from when i did mine.
get a small jewelers file kit, and some dental picks.
might want a cushion also, as you will be sitting for a while.

You need to file off any and all high spots caused by the rivets. Thats all 3 sides of each and every spline. use one of your old plates to test sliding in/out.

it will help if you can spin the rear wheel to rotate the inner splines and a breaker bar on the front nut to turn the basket. You could also just spin the starter, If you use a breaker bar, take your plus out.
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Sorry, no pictures from when i did mine.
get a small jewelers file kit, and some dental picks.
might want a cushion also, as you will be sitting for a while.

You need to file off any and all high spots caused by the rivets. Thats all 3 sides of each and every spline. use one of your old plates to test sliding in/out.

it will help if you can spin the rear wheel to rotate the inner splines and a breaker bar on the front nut to turn the basket. You could also just spin the starter, If you use a breaker bar, take your plus out.
Is that the only way the thing will spin is by spinning the rear wheel? I threw away all the old clutch plates. I just ordered some jeweler metal files only thing is my buddy has been m.i.a. along with my bike. I hate drama and this is starting to piss me off that I can't get to her. Either he is going to show up with the bike all fixed and running or I'm going to separate his head from his body. Never thought I would miss my little bike so much.
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