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Personal opinion.

This may have been true with chain drives however with belt drives I doubt that argument is still true. Belt drives absorb shock. Once the clutch is fully released it no longer provides any shock relief to the drive train as the rivet plate is bypassed. I think Harley keeps it to generate repair revenue for the shops. For the sake of argument if the shock to the drive train was true then why doesn't Harley design a better solution? Twin Cam chain tensioners are in the same boat, designed to fail. And while I am started the primary chain tensioner should be automatic based on hydraulics similar to that of a hydraulic valve lifter. Harley should design their bikes to be the most dependable and not design time bombs into them. This would go a long way for increasing sales.

Knowing the clutch was the only major short coming to a Sportster is why I bought one.
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Don't want to turn this into a clutch plate thread and sort of hijack Crusty's "travels", but i doubt very much that Harley leave the plate in just to generate a bit of repair revenue for the dealer work shops. It always seems it's the copper rivets that fail, so why they can't be changed for some other material that would be more resilient to failure should be the question.
And, there is no way the Twin Cam tensioners were also designed to fail. Just badly designed is all.
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Just for the record. The clutch that just failed was in the original engine, which died at 57,000 miles. The clutch in the replacement engine failed about 10,000 miles later, so I took the plates out of the original clutch and put them in the replacement. That means that I got pretty close to 90,000 miles out of the original plates.

I don't consider that to be either weak or badly designed. If I change out spring plates every 50,000 miles, this new clutch should last a long , long time.
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That is a good point, more short trips will certainly wear down the rivets faster versus long trips.
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