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Since I started using pinniongears instructions when adjusting the clutch on my 76 I've found things to be much smoother. Never could quite get it right before but that way seems to work very well. Was going to find the link for you but seems i was too late.
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From piniongear's post, I think it is posted in several threads. But Thanks! for thinking of me!

OK, I adjusted the clutch two times today. The first time, I made the clutch adjuster nut (NOT the cable adjuster nut) 1/4 turn out. That gave me a lot of slack at the handlebar lever, and no discernible ease in shifting gears. The second time, I tried 1/8 turn, and shifting seems easier (but still stiffer than last year) except for trying to find neutral. I still have to shut down and lift the lever into neutral by hand. But I'll try riding it around the yard to see if it has a special 'spot'.

I did notice that there seems to be a lot of slop in the handlebar lever pivot. Maybe the bushing? Or a worn pin-hole? I hate Harley handlegrips. The wires never want to go where I want them to.

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If you are just riding it around the yard, it is not getting up to operating temp.

Cold Primary oil will dramatically affect clutch drag.
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If you are just riding it around the yard, it is not getting up to operating temp.

Cold Primary oil will dramatically affect clutch drag.
I had not known that. Yes, just in the yard, 100 feet at a time. My area is hills & dales, if it breaks down, I'm not sure I can push it up a hill. Even if it's only 100 yds away.

Also...The Harley dealer ads say that only H-D primary chaincase oil should be used; anything else could affect function. Is that true??? Does it have special clutch friction plate additives??? I thought I'd 'break it in' with 20w50 Castrol motor oil. Is that bad???
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Primary specific oil does not have special additives, it in fact has fewer additives than motor oil.
It is the motor oil additives that some clutches may not like.

An 83 does not have a transfer valve so you can run chaincase formulated oil in it.
Oil discussions get religious so I'll avoid further comment.
Most important is fresh clean oil, before it's formulation.
What you use is a matter of personal choice.
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