Idiot Replaces His Harley Sportster Clutch in 22 Minutes

  • Опубликовано: 10 окт 2017
  • Watch in 4k! I'm just an average guy trying to change his Sportster's clutch after it blew up. I say the wrong terms, and my back fu**ing hurts. Watch as I struggle, but complete the process. Also, yes. It does work way better and it's complete!
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Комментарии • 90

  • micah lane
    micah lane 7 дней назад

    Thanks for the video. Did you have to adjust the primary chain afterwards? If so how did you do that?

  • Nanga Parbat
    Nanga Parbat 8 дней назад

    How did you discover that you clutch had blown? Some weird sounds from primary or different driving experience?

  • Nick Itoh
    Nick Itoh 19 дней назад

    The clutch on a sporty isn't that hard to do but I wondered, does your engine oil has all the additives for clutches? I prefer to stick to a proper primary/transmission lubricant for this although I know nowadays lots of people simply use the same engine oil everywhere... When I do a sportster I usually simply used the inspection cover so I can dump a quart there from dry condition and do my chain adjustment at the same time. It's easier when you do the bike on the kickstand. Just my two cents.

    FAT BIKE WALA Месяц назад

    Hey will this fit 2014 sportster iron 883?

  • Christer sjöström
    Christer sjöström 2 месяца назад

    bla bla bla

  • majorlifts
    majorlifts 2 месяца назад

    WI have a 2001 with 50,000km never replaced the clutch yet but I have replaced clutch bearings twice

  • Kevin Selagea
    Kevin Selagea 3 месяца назад

    Man. You should've did an evaluation of what tools are needed because I got half way through the job to find out that I didnt have the right socket size to back off the chain tensioner.

  • GENESIS420
    GENESIS420 3 месяца назад


  • B H
    B H 3 месяца назад

    Long day? Title says 22 min! Wtf

  • B H
    B H 3 месяца назад

    You need a motorcycle bench bro

  • Indy Vin
    Indy Vin 3 месяца назад

    Learn to articulate, bro 🙄

  • Scott Rehak
    Scott Rehak 3 месяца назад

    Hey ever have any leaks?

  • D Willinghammer
    D Willinghammer 4 месяца назад

    The spring plate in my clutch on my 2004 I believe is going out so I’ve stopped riding it this week and ordered this clutch kit. I’ll probably watch this video 20 more times next week during the install. How much different does the new extra plate clutch feel?

  • Harry Hagan
    Harry Hagan 4 месяца назад +1

    Wouldn't it have been easier to adjust the chain tension with the derby cover off?

  • Jacob Goodman
    Jacob Goodman 4 месяца назад

    Does this clutch kit fit the 883 as well? I'm at 36k... starting to slip at highway speeds

    • Jacob Goodman
      Jacob Goodman 4 месяца назад +1

      Drew Willingham awesome man thanks!

    • D Willinghammer
      D Willinghammer 4 месяца назад +1

      Yessir. The clutches are the same

    • Jacob Goodman
      Jacob Goodman 4 месяца назад +1

      Drew Willingham so the one linked in the video will work?

    • D Willinghammer
      D Willinghammer 4 месяца назад

      Yea it fits. I have a 2004 883 and it’s the same kit for mine.

    • Jacob Goodman
      Jacob Goodman 4 месяца назад

      DanDanTheFireman awesome! Appreciate the video man!

  • crow omer
    crow omer 4 месяца назад

    beautiful ! Great work

  • J rod
    J rod 4 месяца назад

    Hey man I have a sportster 48.My bike goes in neutral and into gear but when I let the clutch out the bike doesn’t move.Is this my problem bro ??

  • PhatticusInch
    PhatticusInch 5 месяцев назад

    I have heard many times that Sportster clutches break up after about 15k to 30k miles. A friend said his Sportster had almost 70k miles on it & had not had to replace his clutch. Please respond I'd like to hear what everyone thinks. Thanks.

    • Isaac
      Isaac 20 дней назад

      All depends on your riding style. Take it easy (as HD intended) and your clutch will last. Ride like me, kill a clutch in 10k. lol. Ride it like you stole it!

  • Badbruce1 Davidson
    Badbruce1 Davidson 5 месяцев назад

    Nice to get someone to help you bro
    Nice job

  • smiley42
    smiley42 6 месяцев назад

    Great video my friend!!!!

  • Ob Fuscated
    Ob Fuscated 6 месяцев назад

    BTW the Motion Pro is the best of the tools offered for this job, but you can use a hunk of PVC with a piece of suitable PVC scrap metal as a cross brace. The first one I made many years ago used the center of lawnmower blade and a flat washer. It works fine but you'll like the Motion Pro tool a bit better.

  • Ob Fuscated
    Ob Fuscated 6 месяцев назад

    Those spring plates are trash. I've run Barnett's since before Evolution engines existed. Good shit.

  • Jay Dillon
    Jay Dillon 6 месяцев назад

    When you took the clutch apart and found those broken metal bits, would it make sense to stick a magnet in there to try to find all the small metal bits? Just seems likely to miss some of them...?

  • victor chirinos
    victor chirinos 6 месяцев назад

    What s the size of the Allen to remove the foot controls

  • Jyme Bale
    Jyme Bale 6 месяцев назад +1

    When you come to a stop light and the bike is still moving forward a bit with the clutch pulled in then tighten the clutch until the bike does not move forward, I am mechanically inclined, you did a wonderful job, my son had to do what you did years ago as I watched, I told him to follow the instructions and i'd tell him if any thing was wrong, he did just right.

  • Jyme Bale
    Jyme Bale 6 месяцев назад

    You do not ever, ever, ever work on any motorcycle with a Cressent wrench, they can slip off of a bolt top or nut too easily, please buy correct tools, sockets, real wrenches, you will never be sorry, buy the best you can afford, they can be expensive.

    • Ob Fuscated
      Ob Fuscated 6 месяцев назад

      Ancient aircraft mechanic (Phantom, Bronco, F-16) here who knows how to use tools. If you MAINTAIN PRELOAD ON THE JAW BY USING YOUR THUMB ON THE WORM GEAR you can have LESS backlash than an open end wrench! Also works for "Ford" style wrenches.

  • Hr BeStalkinMe
    Hr BeStalkinMe 7 месяцев назад

    Damn dude, your girlfriend is so clutch.
    Shes a real Catch.
    Dont let her.. Slip.. away.
    Dont.. Blow.. It
    You should.. Engage.. her.
    Lol i could go all day

  • Dirtbike Lif
    Dirtbike Lif 7 месяцев назад

    What fire department do you work for

  • We Catch Fish
    We Catch Fish 7 месяцев назад

    You forgot to show the tightening of the chain and showing the inspection hole.

  • Barry Wind
    Barry Wind 7 месяцев назад

    Okay... I ditched the Barnett idea and experimented. Boy, am I glad I did.
    I just fixed my old HD 2006 Sportster clutch and spring plate problem and my bike runs better and shifts better than ever. How did I do it? I removed the pack of plates, found the exploded spring plate took it apart and kept the two steel rings. I then lined the two up as perfect as possible. I offset the original holes for the brass fasteners leaving no see-through holes. I took my MIG welder and tacked the smaller of the holes on both sides with about 4-second bursts tacking the two steel plates together. I then took my angle grinder and dressed them. I filed the ears so that the plate would mount like the single steel plates nice and smooth. I filed the inside of the basket where the damage was left by the original plate making sure no plates would hang up on any of the damaged areas. I then installed new fibers with the old steels making sure that the welded pressure plate would be "past" the damaged area when installed. I then put it all back together and took it for a ride. WOW! It shifted smoother quieter and grabbed very well. It was a trial thing and am I glad I did it. The only size difference is the thin springs that were between the two steel rings are gone and it had no effect... except a GREAT shifting clutch now! I did soak my fibers for 3 days before installing.

  • Barry Wind
    Barry Wind 7 месяцев назад

    I'm wondering about "Motorman's" advise of dragging the clutch. That is not a normal function of the clutch and would seem to me that you are destroying your clutch following his advise! From what I understand the clutch should be engaged as much as possible and when at lights they say to put it in neutral. Has anyone any knowledge about this?

    • Ob Fuscated
      Ob Fuscated 6 месяцев назад

      Fuck that! (Ancient HD, multibrand motorcycle and aircraft mech here.) I have no problem with holding the clutch in at lights. They aren't that delicate, but I don't drag them. If it were required Barnett would recommend it. I've abused their clutches for over thirty years.

  • Sir Jhonson
    Sir Jhonson 7 месяцев назад

    Doging the shit out of it like me HA HA ! Done broke it again .

  • Familia Huape leon
    Familia Huape leon 7 месяцев назад

    Hi bro have question i'm need replace both cover sporters 883 05 instal Chrome .my question is the cover is same cover 04 or 05 .check another videos .guys check firts tensión chain and put 5 and check another time.u tell me please myself Made only need buy new set gaskets? And oil ( change 2 weekend ago.thanks Nice video

  • Christopher Franklin
    Christopher Franklin 8 месяцев назад

    Thanks! We're both in the same boat then. Not an expert, but I like doing this stuff with my two sons.

  • EarthSurferUSA
    EarthSurferUSA 8 месяцев назад

    What a pain in the ass!!! I am, never buying a Harley again . I could have had a jap clutch changed in an hour,--but I have to order special tools here, (7 to 10 days), and it did not have all the pieces I needed to compress the clutch. I have a little shop, and made the last piece in 20 min because I refuse to wait another 7 to 10 days to get that piece. OK, good, I pull off the first half of the stack, and find a blown up spring plate. But it made a burr on each rib of the basket, and I have to remove the burs with a freggen dremel tool to get the second half of the stack out. If I have to work on this engineering stupidity again, I will miss a summer of riding. My last Harley. Now I know when I was a kid, we called them "Hardly Ablesons". It's like they are hiring dumb ass engineers from the auto industry!! My bike is a 2007, and Harley can't even standardize the fasteners. Are you sure AMF did not do a better job? Working on Harley's is like working in a sewer with out benefits.

    • Ob Fuscated
      Ob Fuscated 6 месяцев назад

      A hunk of PVC or pipe and a strap (I've used an old mower blade) gets the clutch compressed. That's an impressive disaster level for that spring plate disintegrating but they do suck infamously. I'd have pulled the basket and worked on the bench since it takes so little time to snatch a primary drive. Google "homemade Sportster clutch spring compressor". BTW if you have to remove a compensator nut (or other shallow head fastener like old Triumph kickstand bolts) the way to get maximum socket engagement is use a six point socket and grind or turn off the chamfer which only exists to center the broach during machining.
      If you have Sportster questions the best place to go is the xlforum. It's a goldmine.

    • EarthSurferUSA
      EarthSurferUSA 8 месяцев назад

      Oh yea, I had to drill and tap 2) 1/4x20 holes through the 3 or 4 plates of the second half of the stack, so I could use the taps like "jack screws" to force the next friction and steel plates out of the basket, and now have room to remove the burrs that I could not see with the all the plates of the second half still on.
      7 to 10 days, and I still have more work to do. I could have designed and CNC milled my own basket and hub in that time, and it would not need any special tools.

  • Sacha Baptista
    Sacha Baptista 8 месяцев назад

    Well the video is 22 minutes long but apparently it took you way more to do it... I'll keep it anyway in case I have to change mine ;)

  • dicky doo
    dicky doo 8 месяцев назад

    Hey Dan, thanks for the great video! I need to do this to my sporty asap. How's the new clutch holding up?

  • darkhorse21xx
    darkhorse21xx 8 месяцев назад +1

    much was the Harley Rock from the dealer

  • priestof1
    priestof1 8 месяцев назад

    HA I use same oil. Nice video, having a hard time getting clutch adjustment right wondering if something else is going on.

  • bansai Roach
    bansai Roach 8 месяцев назад

    Great video mate... Really clear instructions and yes my fucking back was killing me

  • nsimmons93
    nsimmons93 9 месяцев назад

    Sadly my Sportster is already having a clutch issue at 1800 miles. Already been adjusted a few times. Harley says they can't find an issue. So I think I'm going to replace mine

  • C Carbone
    C Carbone 9 месяцев назад

    Huge help, thanks for the upload!

  • MattyMaxMac
    MattyMaxMac 9 месяцев назад

    You’re the Man! Just did my Buell xb12s last night. Followed your steps one by one. My C clip was a bit tougher.

  • Matthew Zobian
    Matthew Zobian 9 месяцев назад

    Bravo dude. You're an inspiration!

  • James Troutman
    James Troutman 9 месяцев назад

    Just started watching your videos. Couldn’t tell if you were an actual firefighter or not, but I saw the mustache and thought Yepp, that’s a fireman’s mustache. Lol

  • Slash From Tx
    Slash From Tx 9 месяцев назад

    he put the old pressure plate, he didn't use the new, and improved plate???

    • Danny Cushing
      Danny Cushing 8 месяцев назад

      if you take out the spring plate you already have like 12% more friction area than the stock one, the stiffer pressure plate isn't needed on anything upto about 90hp infact some guys get away with 100 on the extra plate kit with original pressure plate without slipping. I put the 15% stiffer plate on my build and i wish i didn't as its pretty hard to pull in

  • bloodborne
    bloodborne 10 месяцев назад

    Hey Dan, I was wondering where and how you installed all of the other smaller gaskets that came with your kit. I recently bought the same exact one for my sportster but I was wondering if you had like a diagram of where they’re supposed to go. Thanks

  • bobberguy1
    bobberguy1 10 месяцев назад

    Good DIY. But, please, foot pegs are not "mid controls".

  • Scott Stivers
    Scott Stivers 10 месяцев назад +9

    Dude! For anybody that hs this 883 this is the video! This was wonderful of you to do and publicise. I know from screwing around with my own vehicles over the years that its quite tedious, but simultaneously rewarding upon completion. Also the funds saved is formidable. But to have messy hands and still record the process. Well, that command respect gratitude and a specific degree of admiration.
    I haven't ownership of any bike, but I still recognize this and you. Thank you.

    • Ob Fuscated
      Ob Fuscated 6 месяцев назад

      His hands weren't messy because he used nitrile gloves. So do I and they save an impressive amount of time wasted in hand washing. They also work both ways. Got dirty hands and want a snack? Glove up. Walmart or Harbor Freight gloves work fine.

  • Carl Recktenwald Jr.
    Carl Recktenwald Jr. 11 месяцев назад

    Digging the title/name of the video.

  • Carlos M Urbaez
    Carlos M Urbaez 11 месяцев назад

    wasn't aware about that 15k-20k clutch plate bomb ready to go off on your a$$ but I will check on that soon, as for the oil, why not 85w-140 ?

  • Michael Galanda
    Michael Galanda 11 месяцев назад

    I been hear you use 20/50 bike oil. but I use transmission primary chaincase lubricant . it is 1 QT I look at the book for your bike. he right get a book for your bike . mine of the book can found on line all so an put on a tablet.. have both..

  • Michael Galanda
    Michael Galanda 11 месяцев назад

    over good video. I mite add to raeders lay out the part on clean space. an where the cable hock in to is called a ramp it need to looked at there is 3 ball look at them for damage if damaged replace. all may change out the throw out bearing . he did a good job nice video shoot . ty . but next time show the re packing of the throw out bearing an ramp with grease may need a packer for the throw out bearing on older bike look at the one you have go from there. not all the same. have to say he did good on video an edit .

  • Nardo
    Nardo 11 месяцев назад

    Great video and thanks for sharing! Have you had any slipping issues using synthetic trans oil? I am about to install the BDL extra clutch plate package and the instructions recommend using ATF and to stay away from synthetic oils.

  • Tom Boyte
    Tom Boyte 11 месяцев назад +4

    Your one "Ballsy Dude" changing a clutch in a parking stall. I have a shop with a table lift, lots of light and all kinds of comforts and lots of time to do it and still I don''t know if I would attempt it on my 2014 Sportster "48" . Kudos's to you!
    Tom the retired Calif. Cop

  • craik
    craik Год назад

    Damn boy that is some mustache you got sporting on the damn sporty

  • JC Galiano
    JC Galiano Год назад

    Good job!

    JAY BEE Год назад +3

    Ugh I know that appartment life it's horrible, I want to buy so many things to simplify my maintenaince. But I ain't got no personal garage and all that..sigh.
    You did a good job tho

    • ZIPPER
      ZIPPER Год назад

      JAY BEE I live in a duplex. Just as cheap as apartment but I have a garage

  • Cafe Sportster
    Cafe Sportster Год назад +1

    Great work brah ! bravoo

  • Chris Namgung
    Chris Namgung Год назад +2

    is this "sportster clutch bomb" a defect for all sportsters (or only affects up to a certain year model)?

    • MikeRCJ420
      MikeRCJ420 5 месяцев назад

      I know this is an old post but this problem only seams to happen rubber mounted Sportsters, so 2004 and up. It's an easy fix as you can tell by the video but it's a problem HD should've fixed by now.

  • Ronnie Curnutt
    Ronnie Curnutt Год назад

    Hey watching your tutorial. I possibly found an answer to a problem with my Sporty. I'm having trouble once in a while on down shifting if I come to a stop and do multiple down shifts while stopped at the light it doesn't want to downshift. So I wil. Be checking my fluid level. Ant ideas if that's not the answer ?

    • John Becker
      John Becker 2 месяца назад

      I'm dealing with the same issue now. Clutch is definitely slipping for me as well. Was that your issue? I know this was a year ago for you, but I'd appreciate any advice.

    • jim walker
      jim walker 9 месяцев назад

      You might want to rock the bike forward and backward a bit so it engages each gear while shifting. Or just down shift while your still moving.

  • Casey Roskwitalski
    Casey Roskwitalski Год назад

    Where was this video 6 months ago? Lol. I did the same to my sportster in April. Nice video

  • C0ffee
    C0ffee Год назад +13

    Nikki = Best GIRLFRIEND EVER ? For sure she hold your clutch :D!

  • MotoRickyRicardo
    MotoRickyRicardo Год назад

    Thanks man! Good to know that tip on the clutch life-span

  • John Mitchell
    John Mitchell Год назад +11

    The Sportster clutch bomb is the only major design flaw in the Sportster and Harley should have fixed that by now. Shame on you Harley!
    Nice video!
    Just some notes:
    1) if the shifter shaft is corroded clean it up before removing the cover to avoid damage to the seal.
    2) wrap one thin layer of tape over the rough part of the shifter shaft again to protect the seal.
    3) use a lift if you have one so the plates don't fall out.
    4) check the retaining ring before releasing tension.
    5) I prefer to coat new gaskets with grease before assembly. The stickiness of the grease hold it in place and removal for the next time is much easier.
    6) adjust the clutch before replacing the cover so you know everything is assembled correctly. Spray some lube on everything under the boot cover to keep it from corroding. I think I used WD40.
    7) I used a whole quart of oil in mine or maybe it was a liter and all is good. My Sportster is a 2016 model so maybe it is different. Also I am using the tranny oil from Harley and I would recommend that over the engine oil. I think the engine oil is too thin.
    8) grease will hold that o-ring in place under the derby cover.
    9) I would use blue loctite on the footpeg bolts.
    And use the proper torque specs on all of the bolts.
    ALSO: the torque spec in the manual is sometimes incorrect so those not mechanically inclined should google it to compare with manual values.

  • Big Jon
    Big Jon Год назад

    Good job! Good video and some good advice!

  • Trevor Jameson
    Trevor Jameson Год назад

    Excellent video. I had to do that on my sportster at around 40,000 miles but nothing was broken, the plates were just worn thin and slipping. It's due again soon with 82,000 miles now, so it's nice to review the procedure by watching your video.
    I hope it's working good for you now!
    I just got back from Tucson on Saturday, nice area and plenty of fun places to ride. Also rode to Safford and Mt. Graham, very nice!

  • CafeNightster
    CafeNightster Год назад +1

    I went and installed with Energy One Clutch with a 15% stronger spring plate. Great video at 30k, did your clutch not grip at highway speed or accelerating? Fyi, i use a couple nailed 2x4's to use at center stand instead of rock.

    T.BONE/SIDE OF LIFE Год назад

    yup,went over video again. after a 1000 miles drain and strain your oil to make sure "ALL" debris is "OUT". you'll thank me later on this,lol. and every clutch packs need to soak (like you did) for long life of it. don't be that guy, huh? unless you like the trailer life. not a fun life....

    T.BONE/SIDE OF LIFE Год назад +1

    very fun to watch. i did mine at 34,000 to find out what really happened. lucas additive not used to directions, dumb ass me went 50% instead of 20%. put a kvlar clutch in and still doing fine. love lucas products and used ever since the racing days. great for air cooled engines (hint, hint) and "all" automotive needs. hope you keep doing these videos. very enjoyable and will put this one on my playlist of repair videos (hope it helps) for others to learn from. have a good and safe one bro!!!!👍✌😎 oh, now you know to put the bike up high, easier on the back.🤣 ~t.bone~