71 Shovelhead clutch question

Discussion in 'Transmission' started by Jenessa, Aug 13, 2017.

  1. Jenessa

    Jenessa Member

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    Clutch cable changing tips? Found a bunch of info but not specifically on a 71 shovelhead. Do I need to take off the primary cover? My shop manual doesnt cover clutch cable changes...weird. HELP!
     
  2. tourbox

    tourbox Senior Member Contributor

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    On a Shovel no need to open primary. The cable routes to the top of the tranny where you will find a lock nut on the threaded end of the cable. Loosen the lock nut(5A) & screw the adjuster all the way in to give total slack on the cable. Then remove the end from the clutch release arm(#7) on the the kicker cover. Replace your cable and adjust slack out for 1/8"-1/4" slack at perch for cable at the handle bars.
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  3. tourbox

    tourbox Senior Member Contributor

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    There is also 2 adjustments for the clutch behind the Derby cover. Large round cover on the primary cover. If you clutch doesn't slip now before you replace the cable I wouldn't mess with those. You should get yourself a manual if you don't have one. They are available from HD or a company called Clymers. Most independent shops can order the Clymers.
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  4. Jenessa

    Jenessa Member

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    Thank you mucho tourbox!!! I do have a an old orange cover AMF manual but I think I'll get a Clymers just for good measure. The clutch was not slipping before, the cable and covering just started to fall apart...its the original cable.
     
  5. tourbox

    tourbox Senior Member Contributor

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    Good enough. Keep us posted and a pic would be nice also.
    tourbox