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I've been thinking of putting on an open primary on my glide. Can anyone who has ridden one give me some pros and cons for having one? I'm doing a belt and pulley change after the season ends so I figured it would be a good time to look at it as an additional project. Any thoughts?


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Never liked them. Always worried about getting my pant cuff caught up in there. They do look cool though.
 

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Put an open primary on my FXR after I blew a loose bolt through the original. I was trying to plug the mid-shift hole in the inner primary so I could go with forward controls. I was ok for most of a summer, but it didn't like it in the end. Moral of the story, don't put a freeze plug in your primary, chains and sprockets will chew them up and spit them out.

Anyway, back to open primary, and this is just my opinion. I loved mine after I switched, mostly. 1, less hassle to change the oil in it. :) 2, works as promised, lighter, maybe another couple HP (less rotating mass) but it will likely change all gear ratios. 3, kinda noisy but I didn't mind that. 4) Never tore my toes off but I heard it could.

Would I do it on a bagger? Almost certainly not with floorboards and feet, chaps and loose jeans right next to it.
 

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Thanks for the input. I will just have to get another bike to put one on it seems. All in the name of health and safety lol and keeping me whole. Have a great week.


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Loses some weight , less vibration , no compensator issues , I had an open years ago , am toying with the idea of a closed , if you go closed all you do is leave the drain plug out and run a vented derby cover , so it gets air in there , and you have to be certain the primary bolt bosses in the front dont contact the belt , usually have to be ground down , and be sure you remove all signs of oil from the inner and outer ..
 

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I've been thinking of putting on an open primary on my glide. Can anyone who has ridden one give me some pros and cons for having one? I'm doing a belt and pulley change after the season ends so I figured it would be a good time to look at it as an additional project. Any thoughts?


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I put one on my Softail because I like the look but I don't think I would put one on the Glide. I guess it would eliminated any compensator issues! LOL
 

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