Join Date: May 2013
Location: Oldham Co. Kentucky
Clutch/Throwout bearing issue
Have had a chattering when taking off in first gear for long time. 35,000 miles on 2011 RG Ultra 103. Usually goes away after changing primary oil, adjusting clutch, and free play. Saw this being mentioned by other Harley riders in different forums so thought it was just symptomatic or the way I engage when taking off.
I do most of my own servicing, but has also happened when Harley serviced. Harley techs have never mentioned this when they have serviced bike. Oil is changed and adjustments made frequently and regularly.The problem does go away for a while each time it is serviced and returns after riding some (not a lot) of miles.
Last time rode the clutch lever would come all the way back to grip but clutch wasn't disengaging. Figured broken or stretched cable. Have seen that before.
Simple fix - not! In order to get the cable out have to remove clutch release cover. First take off heat shields on rear exhaust (Rush True Duals), then loosen exhaust at cylinder head, remove bolt holding pipe to frame, take off right bag, loosen muffler bolts, drop pipe, remove cover.
Oil drained from cover so it had not ran dry. Cable not stretched at all, but the quarter sized throwout bearing had disintegrated, not worn or loose, disintegrated. Carrier holding roller bearings had separated, roller bearings lying lose in bottom of cover.
First Harley dealer said would have to order bearing, second said had lot in stock. Sounds like this may be a common issue.
Parts: Gasket - $5.23, Bearing $7.05, Thrust races $6.60.
Drained transmission and refilled with oil. Could get into long discussion regarding oils, but will wait.
Put back together - easier than taking apart! Drained primary and refilled, adjusted clutch plates, adjust free-play.
Rode 75 miles, no chatter when engaging or change in free-play, no chatter when hold front brake and rev slightly. Will report again after some serious miles.