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1998 harley davidson softail custom primary cover bolt pattern

1998 harley davidson softail custom. Need to know the bolt pattern for the primary cover engine/transmission

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  • cfare6 Nov 22, 2008

    Thanks for answering but I was at a loss because I could not locate where the bolt was that was holding it from coming off but I did locate it. I need to find a nut that goes on the transmission main shaft that holds the sprocket on. I just don't like the looks of the one that is on there now. I just got this bike so it is the first time that I have gotten in to taking it apart because I am making it into a trike. Thanks for your help.


  • cfare6 Nov 23, 2008


    I am having a problem getting the clutch assembly ring gear to line up with the starter gear and I cannot figure out what I am doing wrong. It looks like the clutch assembly is going in to far into the case. Can you give me some advice. Thanks


  • cfare6 Nov 23, 2008

    I do have the jackshaft already in is this my problem?

  • cfare6 Nov 23, 2008

    The primary chain is running deeper in the case on the clutch end than it is on the crank end and is traveling on an angle and the ring gear is barley rubbing on the starter gear.What am I doing wrong. Should there be a spacer between the clutch assembly and the main shaft bearing of the transmission?

  • cfare6 Nov 27, 2008

    Still have not solved the problem and I have taken this thing apart and put it back togeather agan about 3 times and the same problem still exists about the chain not running square. I can take care of the starter problem to not make it rub but i cannot make the chain run even and not on an angle. Cannot figure out what is wrong. It was not that way when I took it apart and the only thing i am doing is changing from a belt to a chain drive and changing the sproket. What are the suggestions?

  • cfare6 Nov 27, 2008

    yes that is what i am doing. All i did is change the belt sproket to a chain sproket and put everything back the way it came apart and i cannot make the chain travel in a straight line and it is deeper in the primary case than the front sproket on the crank and the ring gear is rubbing on the starter gear. I have been down to the harley dealer and talked to the tech there and went thru the book with him and we still cannot solve the problem. It appears that there should be a spacer between the clutch drum and the transmission front bearing race.but everyone and the manual say there is no spacer there. I cannot explain it any other way. HAPPY THANKSGIVING.


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Are u asking for the torque sequence for the outer primary cover ?

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  • Mel Jacobson
    Mel Jacobson Nov 22, 2008

    Sounds like a fun winter project. I have a service manual for that model - so if ya need any specs as u progress, let me know - and remember - the threads on the trans sproket are reverse,,,,,

    happy wrenching

  • Mel Jacobson
    Mel Jacobson Nov 23, 2008

    Ralph - I dont see how the clutch can go too far into the case. It sounds like u have the starter jackshaft already installed. The primary chain, clutch, comepensationg sproket and adjuster are installed as an assembly. Is the clutch bottming out ?

  • Mel Jacobson
    Mel Jacobson Nov 23, 2008

    No its not - thats the correct order ..... I'm havinf trouble visualizing the problem. The splines of the hub line up with the splies on the shaft, which makes it tough to do it wrong. Did u take the clutch pack apart? Did u replace the clucth hub retaining ring ?

  • Mel Jacobson
    Mel Jacobson Nov 23, 2008

    There is an external retaining ring

  • Mel Jacobson
    Mel Jacobson Nov 27, 2008

    I need a clarification ,,,, it had a belt drive to the rear wheel and you are changing that to a chain ?

  • Mel Jacobson
    Mel Jacobson Nov 28, 2008

    I wish i could see it, cause I just cant picture what is happening or how it could happen, so

    I suggest u register on this site and pose your question in the forum..... Some of the guys are incredibly knowledgeable and have helped me solve problems no one else ( including harley) could


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When you went from belt to chain, did you buy/put in the Compensator sprocket spacer and (if needed) shims?

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