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Old 8th July 2010
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A quick run down: I bought a '69 Sportster that had a rebuilt motor and trans(local), and the reciepts to prove it. I talked to the rebuilder and bought the bike. The bike had a broken clutch cable when I bought it so I took it home and threw a clutch cable in it. The previous owner told me that it had a wet clutch and the clutch was grabby till it warmed up. No problem with that, but the clutch also slipped now and then. Pulled the primary cover off and loosened the springs up a bit. Seemed to make a difference, but it was probabley in my head. I'd adjusted the clutch about 4 times and decided to take it apart. The clutch plates and discs look new. The clutch shell, though, wobbles. When I say it wobbles, I mean if if you put your left hand and right hand on either side of it you can shake it at least an eighth of an inch front to back. This can't be right, since the torque from the crank is transfered to this through the primary chain! The clutch hub is tight, which should keep the clutch shell tight. Am I missing something? Thank you guys in advance, this is the place that I learned how to adjust the clutch.
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The wobble is normal, I changed out my bearing just to be on the safe side and guess what, Still wobbles!! Pretty goofy design in my opinion, but I guess it worked for 30 Yrs.
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