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I just took the clutch apart on a 83 FLH
I cleaned the plates as per the manuel, now it shifts great , does not creep and I can find neutral pretty easy.
I noticed in the diagram that the steel plates had 3 "buffers" ball/springs on them.
My plates just had 3 narrow grooves and 3 wide grooves. there was no sign of any thing ever being attached to the plates.
Do early and late shovels use different plates?
What is the purpose of the Buffers?
This is my first venture into a Shovel head .
 

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Indeed that is what they were for. Problem is as they wore they became loud as the plates w/o them. On the plates lacking the "rattlers" on assembly alternate the gap,wide,narrow,ect.
 

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I've run both type, the rattlers and the plain and have even seen them mixed, both type in the same clutch pack. I believe you have to pay extra for the rattler plates now, don't see them too much anymore. They always seemed like a potential source of trouble anyhow. Sounds like your in good shape with what you have.

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Geo.
 
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