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2001 sportster 883 primary cover removal.

I have all of the bolts, shift mech, etc off. It seems as the clutch is holding it on. Do i loosen the clucth under the ruuber boot or by the nut on the clutch itself to remove the cover?

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Yes you must loosen the adjuster under the boot. Then you have to disconnect the cable from the ball and ramp.

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