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Old 11-11-2012, 10:15 AM   #1
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Default Help with Ironhead clutch Hub? xlch kicker rebuild

Ok I am sure there is more info needed but long story short I needed to rebuild the kicker on my 69 xlch and got the kicker stuff straight w some help from Dragstews riveting my ratchet on clutch drum and I am putting everything back in kicker stuff looks good so I put the drum on and then new lock washer and nut and I start to tighten and once I get to a good solid hand tighten the hub drags like hell or wont budge. I saw in the manual tighten the nut to 150lbs and the hub should be free and Im not even close. I don't see what changed drastically or what would be catching as I have looked at and put things together a bunch and seems like everything is smooth. If I back off the nut a little the hub spins free. Anyone have any ideas or know what my issue is or am I just doing this wrong? Thanks for any input.
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:23 AM   #2
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Do you have the primary cover installed? If not, try putting it on, and then see what happens. I'm pretty sure this cover must be on in order for the hub to spin freely.
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:39 PM   #3
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Default Re: Help with Ironhead clutch Hub? xlch kicker rebuild

The last one I did worked fine without the primary cover on... But maybe I got lucky..
Is the kicker arm Up and holding the "sliding gear" away from the hub??
Hmmm Long time from doing one tat old.. but, Is that one with the "sleeve" that the sliding gear rides on?? Don't recall.
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:45 PM   #4
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Default Re: Help with Ironhead clutch Hub? xlch kicker rebuild

[QUOTE=FMB42;864348]Do you have the primary cover installed? If not, try putting it on, and then see what happens. I'm pretty sure this cover must be on in order for the hub to spin freely.[/QUOTE

I see absolutely no logic to this statement At All. Please explain your reasoning.

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Old 11-11-2012, 02:31 PM   #5
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Default Re: Help with Ironhead clutch Hub? xlch kicker rebuild

Outer primary has no effect on this problem. NONE. First, did you get the ratchet gear plate installed "Perfectly centered"? If not, the ratchet gear bushing, will rub on the ratchet plate, and the bushing has to be installed with the flange against the mainshaft bearing. The kicker gear could be installed to high, causing the gear to rub on the clutch basket. I would try snugging the clutch basket down until it rubs/ then pull to see where it is rubbing. Plus, there are two different kicker gear sets, and they don't interchange. But usually that causes the kicker NOT to work, but the hub will still rotate. Pull the chain, so all you are dealing with, is the clutch hub.
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:17 PM   #6
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Did you measure spacer length?
Couple different lengths, one is about .025" longer than stock
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Sorry, my mistake. I was thinking of a "binding" problem in regard to a 1977 electric start Ironhead.
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:43 PM   #8
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Did you measure spacer length?
Couple different lengths, one is about .025" longer than stock
Both "spacers" are stock length. One fits the 900 motors, the other one fits the 1000 motors.
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Both "spacers" are stock length. One fits the 900 motors, the other one fits the 1000 motors.
No,
I believe there is something like 3 possible dry clutch bushings and 4 wet clutch bushings.
The wet clutch bushings were something like .100" + longer.
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