When you’re adjusting the primary chain on your Sportster model, it’s always specified to adjust it in the tightest spot of its travel. Whether you use the hot or the cold measurement, Harley specifies that you do it in the tightest area. Bob teaches you a quick and simple method for locating the tightest spot in the path of the chain. He stresses that any time you are servicing inside the primary you should always unhook the negative cable.
In this quick demonstration of the Harley Sportster battery removal, you’ll learn how to remove your bike’s seat and side cover so you can check on the condition of your battery and its operating components. It is strongly recommended that you remove the negative cable of the battery first and replace it last when servicing your bike. If you remove the positive cable first, you risk causing a dangerous spark if the battery comes in contact with your bike’s frame. Bob has been dealing with these batteries for years and removes the neg from the battery. If this is your first time, we highly suggest removing neg from ground stud on the crankcase boss(see images)with wobble extension.Watch Now >>
Bob and Mark demonstrate the best way to empty fork oil from your Sportster’s front fork sliders and replace it with new oil. It can be a two-man job, so try to complete the service with a friend. Newer bikes mostly use 39-millimeter forks, but most bikes are preset with varying levels of spring in the sliders, so consult your manual before you begin this service. Like any other service, you should clean all of the parts that you remove with parts cleaner to ensure that your bike operates smoothly between services.Watch Now >>
Harley tools are not only specialty tools like JIMS and Kent Moore but many that you have in your garage already. Bob LaRosa gives us a great overview on some of the basic tools we need to service our Harley-Davidson from oil-change to custom part install. Bob shows us that tools are only part of…Watch Now >>
Bob teaches you how to adjust the clutch and primary chain on your Harley Softail or Dyna model. Be sure to achieve free play on the clutch cable to verify that you have proper adjustment on the clutch cable pack, and check for the proper specs in your service manual for adjusting the primary chain (if your model has the adjustment window). Bob finishes by mentioning that when you are doing this type of repair, only factory service gaskets should be used.Watch Now >>