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Old 07-14-2018, 01:55 AM
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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?
 

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Where's the question, just looks like a statement with a question mark?
 

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Old 07-14-2018, 06:15 PM
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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?
I haven't seen the 2018 cable clutch system.

Generally speaking, you don't want to move the hand lever position, by adjusting the clutch pack. You want the clutch pack adjusted for proper engagement. If you alter that balance, you could get a clutch that doesn't release all the way or engage all the way.. both conditions are bad for the clutch and can be unsafe.

In the past you set the clutch pack and then adjust the "freeplay" of the handle by the cable adjuster. Are you sure there is no cable adjustment available? Doesn't make sense to me...

However, if there's no cable adjustment, or not enough cable adjustment, you can do what the hydraulic clutch guys do (they can't adjust the clutch or the lever). You can buy one of the levers available that have adjustable positions...

I've never used one, but these have been discussed on several forums. DO a search for them and people seem to like them....

https://www.hogleverage.com/store/c7...h_Only%29.html
 

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Old 07-14-2018, 06:31 PM
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I haven't seen the 2018 cable clutch system.

Generally speaking, you don't want to move the hand lever position, by adjusting the clutch pack. You want the clutch pack adjusted for proper engagement. If you alter that balance, you could get a clutch that doesn't release all the way or engage all the way.. both conditions are bad for the clutch and can be unsafe.

In the past you set the clutch pack and then adjust the "freeplay" of the handle by the cable adjuster. Are you sure there is no cable adjustment available? Doesn't make sense to me...

However, if there's no cable adjustment, or not enough cable adjustment, you can do what the hydraulic clutch guys do (they can't adjust the clutch or the lever). You can buy one of the levers available that have adjustable positions...

I've never used one, but these have been discussed on several forums. DO a search for them and people seem to like them....

https://www.hogleverage.com/store/c7...h_Only%29.html
I've chased this rabbit myself and have determined that there is no adjustment in the new softail clutch cable.
 
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I use Oberon adjustables and like them a bunch.
 
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You can adjust the lever position.

The red tab locks into a grooved barrel. Just choose 1 groove away from the “correct” setup.

One groove difference pulls the engagement point in quite a bit.

If you adjust it too loose the clutch will not fully disengage, so be careful.

I hope this explains the process. If not I will try to explain it better.
 
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More data:

I too am frustrated with the minimal friction zone. Adjusting the lever makes the reach easier but I wanted more zone.

This morning I installed a Rekluse "TorqDrive" clutch pack. It has a *bunch* more plates than the OEM clutch pack.

https://rekluse.com/product/torq-drive-clutch-hd/
https://rekluse.com/support/parts/?itemId=RMS-285E

The friction zone is much wider now and the engagement is soft but positive. It is a real pleasure to use now.

I have had Rekluse auto clutches before so that is how I knew to try their "normal" clutch.

Installation took 2-3 hours only because I work slow. You don't need any super special tools, either.

$400 is a chunk of change, though. (Dennis Kirk sells them.)

 
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FWIW, I use this primary oil, filled to the bottom of the pressure plate: https://www.redlineoil.com/v-twin-primary-case-oil

 
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