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Old 17th June 2010
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Unhappy 1976 sporster clutch problems

Here we go again ... I have a 76 xlh i installed a new clutch for old ones were burnt and steels were warped ....i adjusted it twice according to factory manual ...hers the thing clutch does not disengage .....put it in gear hold clutch in still turns motor over ...also have replaced ramp kit and new cable ..this is same problem i had before replacing clutch
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clutch does not disengage .....put it in gear hold clutch in still turns motor over ...
If you mean that the kicker/electric starter turns the engine over even with the clutch lever pulled, that's normal. If you have it in gear, pull the clutch lever in, and hit the starter, does the bike itself move?
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Even if its not running you can tell its not disengaging and yes starter will move bike when you hit button with clutch pulled in
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With bike off in second gear clutch pulled in if you hit starter butoon bike trys to take off
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clutch is sticking , mis-installed, adj. improperly I`ll pm a cell in case you want a walk thru.
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Double checking will let you know what i found out ...otherwise my call tomorrow
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Even if its not running you can tell its not disengaging and yes starter will move bike when you hit button with clutch pulled in

I am assuming you did the adjustment correctly, so....
Just do like you are supposed to and start it in neutral.
Then roll it down the driveway and hop on. As it is rolling put it into first gear and ride it around the block. Better now?
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With bike off in second gear clutch pulled in if you hit starter butoon bike trys to take off
This is normal. The starter runs on the ring gear on the clutch basket, which is connected directly to the primary chain.

A better test is to put it in gear with engine not running, pull in clutch and see if you can push the bike forward. Even then, a new clutch will often drag until you have ridden it for a bit and bedded in the new plates.
So take it for a ride and see how it goes.
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I recently did mty clutch and had the same issue, ended up needing washers behind the pressure plate. I guess since the stuff was all new it needed more clearance to disengage. Drove me nuts but that solved the prob.
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how long does it take to break in. i put new clutches in mine having the same problem with adjustment

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