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Loud shifting, 1200 Sportster 1997. Only when

Loud shifting, Only when warm?

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    what do u mean by loud shifting? is the primary chain loose?



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Harlys are clunky when shifting, have you tried adjusting your clutch? You also might need to adjust the primary drive belt tension.

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