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Hey all! I have an 03 sportster 1200 custom. 73000 miles and my mainshaft bearing went about a week ago. since took trans out and 5th gear came out with the trans. just fell out! bearings fell out too! part of the bearing was still on 5th gear main and the other is still pressed in the case. I have got the clip out next to the bearing, there is not much bearing to push out! very thin on the inside of the case to push on to get it out. any ideas?
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I would use a 3 jaw puller to get it out. As you said it comes out on the final drive side (right).
It's not super tight in there but you want to pull it out straight.
You may already be thinking this but I would change every bearing in the trans while you have it out.
Ant metal from the failed bearing would have cause damage already.
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Hi, hopefully you have some manuals as a reference, if the bearing won't come out easy,you can use a propane torch & apply heat around the bearing area to expand it a bit (don't keep the flame in one spot & have gloves, object/tools to push the bearing out before hand) or you can put in the oven @ 350 for 10-15 minutes or so. (I am a TIG welder & the company I work for is ISO 9001, aluminum is my job) good luck and I hope you get runnin soon!
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I made a 75mm piece of 3/8 round stock with a hole drilled in the center and used a slide hammer(very lightly) and the rest of the bearing came out easily. still need the replacement bearing to install and get this bike back on the road.
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Nice! I just helped my brother replace a clutch hub bearing in his '96 1200 custom. Put the new bearing in the freezer for 10 minutes & used the old bearing to seat it, since I don't have a press at home yet.. I hope you can find a bearing & get back on the road soon
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I am also going to be replacing the clutch hub with a brand new one. do I need to replace the clutch hub bearing when I am in there? or do you think the original bearing will be fine?
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The bearing for his '96 was $23 from J&P cycles, he needed his done. The right thing to do is just replace it especially since you're already in there. Most bearings get damaged upon removal. It's peace of mind knowing that the bearing is new and will be trouble free for the life of the bike. Sorry to hear you gotta replace the hub!
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Its all good seems how I have already put a few grand into it with hammer 1250 kit and hammer ported buell xb heads. I might as well upgrade/replace everything! I am going to be putting over 100 horses to the ground! just missed out on one of the best summer weather I can ever remember in MI.
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That does suck, I know how you feel! I know what it's like when the bike just seems to gobble up the money, but a new bearing is always money well spent! Hopefully there will be no more issues after this and you can just start ripping up asphalt! Haha
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As I mentioned before, I would replace every bearing in there since you most likely had metal pieces floating around in there for some time.

I had a transmission issue many moons ago and Baker fixed the transmission but about a year later I had other bearing failure that I know was caused by the original issue.

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