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I recently replaced the clutch cable on an 2001.....All was fine for a few hundred miles but now it leaks oil where the rubber outer cover is crimped into the fitting screwed into the case...Oil runs down the cable a bit and leaves puddle...With the usual "Harleys leak oil" comments...I cleaned it off and ran a bead of RTV...It's ok but will probably start leaking again...The cable was installed properly and not "man handled"...
It's a Drag Specialities branded cable...Are some cables better than others at not leaking or is this just bad luck?
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Did you install the O ring before screwing the new cable ?
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I recently replaced the clutch cable on an 2001.....All was fine for a few hundred miles but now it leaks oil where the rubber outer cover is crimped into the fitting screwed into the case...Oil runs down the cable a bit and leaves puddle...With the usual "Harleys leak oil" comments...I cleaned it off and ran a bead of RTV...It's ok but will probably start leaking again...The cable was installed properly and not "man handled"...
It's a Drag Specialities branded cable...Are some cables better than others at not leaking or is this just bad luck?
my 2003 did that for a while a few years ago...if I remember correctly I took the cover off and the outer cable needed to be "screwed" back into the fitting that goes into the primary.
I may have added some sealant on that connection... but I think mostly the outer cable sheath had moved away from being imbedded into metal fitting.
I was sure my cable was shot but was relieved it was probably caused from being "unscrewed" from doing regular oil changes and clutch adjustments.
Not a drop since,
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my 2003 did that for a while a few years ago...if I remember correctly I took the cover off and the outer cable needed to be "screwed" back into the fitting that goes into the primary.
I may have added some sealant on that connection... but I think mostly the outer cable sheath had moved away from being imbedded into metal fitting.
I was sure my cable was shot but was relieved it was probably caused from being "unscrewed" from doing regular oil changes and clutch adjustments.
Not a drop since,
Yes, it's not leaking where the fitting screws into primary cover...I'll try what you say, thanks
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If it leaks where the "rubbered" part of the sleeve goes into the metal one, you can solve it with one of those "self volcaniseing tape".
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You wouldn't by chance have over filled the primary, maybe? Just saying.
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One quart of oil in the primary....I thought the end fitting was crimped but it does screw off, but it was not loose....I put sealer on the sheath and screwed it in tight...The sheath got marked up a bit but not torn screwing the fitting off and on..I had a tight fitting piece of hose and more sealer that extends over part of the fitting and sheath.. I believe it's a solid hillbilly repair. Thanks guys
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