Harley Clutch Adjustment 5K

Q: I know the manual says to adjust your Harley clutch every 5,000 miles but if it is working fine is this necessary? My Harley shifts fine and finding neutral is not a problem.

A: 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.

Check your model videos for proper adjustment:
Maintenance
Discussion
  • (will not be published)

19 Responses to “Harley Clutch Adjustment 5K”
    • Dennis Santopietro

      Hi James, Might just be the gasket. Check out our maintenance videos for your model.

      Reply
  1. wayne

    Hi my ride is a 2003 road king anniversary the clutch lever is real heavy and in slow traffic its tough on the hand any ideas on how to take the weight off it thanks billybutler

    Reply
    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi, Wayne. If the clutch cable is old and dry, it should be replaced. Also, you can purchase an easy ramp assembly for your clutch. Install both together for best results.

      Reply
  2. terry whetley

    I would say, as long as your clutch has ‘free play’ leave it alone. free play is ck’d at the clutch lever.

    Reply
  3. 11triglide

    The clutch feels good the right clearench sometimes it’s a little fenakey to get in neutral when it’s hot and in town

    Reply
  4. ernest

    2002 SE Road King 1550 CVO 6000 miles…..On my clutch adj. seem to like 1/4 turn adj on clutch hub And 1/8 on cable play. 1/2 turn on hub and 1/8 on cable and clutch handle feels like it is bottoming out clutch before clutch handle hits hand grip.Look at ball and ramp seemed fine. What am i missing? every manual states 1/2 to 1 full turn out, Thank you for you time.

    Reply
  5. michael

    I’m having a hard time getting my clutch cable adjusted on my ’98 evolution softail. It feels like it snaps when I pull the lever or it just wont set at all.

    Reply
  6. Kevin

    I have an 82 Sportster 1000. The clutch grabs fine but the engine races going up hill then it’s fine when the road levels out. Adjust or replace?
    Thanks, Kevin

    Reply
    • Customer Service

      Hi, Kevin. Suggest verifying correct adjustment 1st. If nothing changes; disassemble and inspect the entire clutch assembly. You may find that the clutches are ok but have another issue. What you are describing does, however, sounds like typical clutch slip. http://www.fixmyhog.com/posts/harley-tips/

      Reply