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Old 07-25-2018, 02:45 PM
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Originally Posted by P51Driver View Post
I have a 2018 Lowrider and I have noticed that the clutch engages and disengages when the lever is almost all the way out away from the grip.
I have smaller hands and I find this to be problematic as the engage/disengage point is too far out for my smaller hands. I realize that any clutch cable freeplay adjustment is no longer an option with the new yellow automatic cable freeplay mechanism. So when adjusting the clutch pack adjuster screw out 3/4 of a turn as opposed to 1/2 turn create the desired effect of moving the clutch lever closer to the grip for engagement and disengagement of the clutch?
You are 100% correct. I actually adjusted mine out just about one full turn and the clutch catches nice and close to the perch and the clutch engages and disengages perfectly.
Old 07-26-2018, 12:53 PM
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1/2 to 1 full turn out is fine. Here's the clutch adjustment procedure right out of the 2018 Softail bible. Might help someone out in the future -

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Thanks Decker!!!! I had the 1K service done at my dealer and the clutch never felt right afterwards. I have no friction zone on the clutch now. It's like an on/off switch but I have like 1/4" free play clearance on the cable ferule. i'll adjust this tomorrow and see what happens
Old 07-29-2018, 06:34 AM
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Well I have about 500 miles on a new 2018 Heritage and the freeplay on my clutch lever is one inch. Obviously a cable stretched or something is out of adjustment. I can still engage and disengage OK but I am close to having a problem.

I notice in the shop manual that adjustments have to be done at room temps. I was going to visit the dealership today and ask about this clutch issue. They could not adjust it when I ride in because they have to wait for the bike to cool.

This is not a good system anymore.

Is there an aftermarket cable assy?
Old 07-29-2018, 04:52 PM
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Went to the dealership today and they took about 5 minutes to adjust the freeplay in my clutch lever. So evidently it is easy to adjust.
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