How to Adjust the Clutch Cable on a Harley Davidson Motorcycle

How to Adjust the Clutch Cable on a Harley Davidson Motorcycle


**Always follow the instructions in your repair manual when doing repair or maintenance work on a motorcycle. Manuals can be found at the dealer and online.**

Adjusting the clutch cable on a motorcycle is important because it ensures the cable will engage and disengage the clutch correctly. In this video I show you how to adjust the clutch cable on a 2009 Harley Davidson Softail Custom. The proper free play between the end of the clutch cable or cable Ferrule and the clutch lever housing is 1/16″ to 1/8″.

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  1. just had new bars and cables done to my 13 heritage. sure enough when I pulled it into my garage from the shop it would only go into neutral when I turned it off. watched your video, tightened it up a bit, and now it works great. Thanks for the video, easy to hear and understand.

  2. while i was rideing, motor stopped pulling like no clutch engagement at all, did not slip at all, would that still be a clutch problem?

  3. Hey i recently got a new clutch lever and now when i switch from nuetral to 1st gear with the clutch pulled all the way in, the bike it still pulling forward, so is my clutch too loose or too tight, and which way do i adjust it? Thanks!

  4. You are the MAN! just had new bars installed with all new cables needed a clutch adjustment and found this great video! havent taken my bike out but it literally had no play i got it to a 1/16 and tomorrow hopefully i can take it for a test ride and see how she feels or see if i need to go to 1/8 on my 2012 FXDF thankyou again for taking the time out of your day to making this great video! very helpful!

  5. Thanks bro, good set by step.  Not just do this do that but you explained why you need to do It and do it right.  Im subscribing.

  6. have an '03 soft tail. it seems i am out of adjustment room . how do i get my adjuster adjusted?  lol. does that make any sense at all?

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