Adjust Your Clutch Every 5000 Miles?

Question for Fix My Hog I know the manual says to adjust your clutch every 5000 miles but if it is working fine is this necessary? My shifts are fine and finding neutral is not a problem.

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Fix My Hog Answers Although your clutch may be functioning correctly, adjusting it according to your specified maintenance schedule is important for the longevity of the clutch/clutch assembly. There will be wear on a clutch after 5k miles.

July 28, 2016 – Harley-Davidson has issued a recall on 27,232 model year 2016 motorcycles. In the affected motorcycles, the clutch master cylinder may lose the ability to generate enough lift to disengage the clutch, especially if the motorcycle has been parked for an extended period of time. When the engine is running and the motorcycle is in gear, if the clutch cannot be fully disengaged, the motorcycle may move unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash.

The affected motorcycles include certain model year 2016 Electric Glide Ultra Classic (FLHTCU), Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low (FLHTCUL), Ultra Limited Low (FLHTKL), Ultra Limited (FLHTK), CVO Street Glide (FLHXSE), Street Glide (FLHX), Street Glide Special (FLHXS), Road Glide Special (FLTRXS), Road Glide (FLTRX), Police Electra Glide (FLHTP), Road Glide Ultra (FLTRU), Fat Boy S (FLSTFBS), Softail Slim S (FLSS), and CVO Softail Pro Street Breakout (FXSE) motorcycles.

Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the clutch master cylinder for the presence of gas in the fluid, if so, the dealer will flush the clutch system and rebuild the clutch master cylinder, free of charge. The recall began July 25, 2016. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson customer service at 800/258-2464. Harley-Davidson’s number for this recall is 0169.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888/327-4236 (TTY 800/424-9153), or go to

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14 Responses to “Adjust Your Clutch Every 5000 Miles?”
  1. JD Reid
    JD Reid

    I was just signing up. I thought it was necessary, which I guess it is but only if I wanted to enter a discussion.

  2. Larry

    Should I service (change) the trans. fluid every time I service the engine?

    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi, Larry. We would be happy to assist you; we just need some more information. What is the make/model/year of your motorcycle?

  3. Harold Jones
    Harold Jones

    I have a 2008 Harley Street glide with a CSC trike conversion. I have 2 questions the first is mine has the mechanical reverse in the tranny and it appears to be leaking from the outer gasket. How big a job is it to repair I checked it and it is not over full that was the first thing someone else said. The other is I appear to have some wobble in the neck bearings . If I hit a small bump in the road at slow speeds it goes crazy side to side and you really have to hang on and almost stop to get it to stop any suggestions?

    • Johnny

      Your front tire may be “cupped” and need to be changed. On my brothers bike and my wife’s Softail Deluxe, at about 45mph if you loosened your grasp on the bars the front end would start to wobble and increase rapidly. It was discovered that their front tires had started to “cup”. As soon as the tire was changed, the wobble stopped. Check the front tire.

  4. Rick

    Is there anyway to adjust clutch on a 2011 VROD muscle,(hydraulic type) ? This thing only has 6K on it,& not hot rodded or ridden incorrectly Clutch lever feels high but clutch doesn’t seem like its slipping

  5. Mark

    I have a 99 superglide screaming eagle. Shifts fine no problem getting in neutral but makes a racket changing in every gear

  6. John

    I have a 2001 FLHTPI 8000 miles after the bike is hot I have trouble getting if back into first gear any suggestions. Tryed adusting the free play not realy making a difference.

  7. gandy

    Hi. I’m Gandy. My question is , does the 200/55/17 rear tire fits my FXSTD Deuce without making any modification?