I have a 1979 sporster xl. I'm having a very hard time squeezing the clutch lever in to disengage the clutch. Even with the lever pulled all the way in. The clutch is pulling. Meaning I have to hold the brake in first gear at a light or the bike will keep going. I bought a new clutch cable but that didn't fix it. Any suggestions? I was thinking the clutch might be worn out. If so, Does any know how to make a home-made clutch removal tool and clutch basket holder tool. Thanks
I have 72 XLCH and the clutch rod adjustment under the left side cover should be checked. I would also check the primary fluid. Hopefully, you are running sport trans or some other compatable fluid. A bad clutch plates usually calsue slipping not drag.
Is the lever pull harder than it was before or are you new to ironheads. If you're used to metric bikes then the pull may be ok. When installing the new cable, slack the cable first. Then set clutch adjustment, then set cable adjustment.
I found that adjustng the clutch is the most frustrating thing you can do on a sporty. You go an 8th of a turn past the correct setting in the primary cover you are going to have drag or an 8th a turn off in the other direction you are going to have slippage. I spent hours the other day F ing with the adjustments.