Question about 2005 Harley Davidson XL 883L Sportster
To remove your primary cover, first, disconnect the battery and drain the oil from the primary. Then, remove any footpegs or shifter mechanisms that might be in the way.
Look on the bottom of the primary cover and you'll see a bolt and locknut. This is the primary chain tensioning device. Loosen the locknut and turn the screws out (downward) to loosen the chain.
Then take the derby cover off. Remove the spring and the locknut from the clutch adjusting mechanism. Remove the bolts that hold the outer primary on. Turn the clutch adjuster screw clockwise as you remove the cover.
When you replace the cover, turn the clutch adjuster screw counterclockwise until it stops. Put all the bolts back in the cover and tighten them. Turn the screw counterclockwise again until it stops and then back off 1/4 turn. Install the locknut, the spring, and the derby cover.
Remove the upper inspection cover and reach in with your finger and check the primary chain tension. Using the bolt on the bottom of the primary, turn it upward (inward) and tension the primary chain to between 1/2" and 5/8" up and down play. Reinstall anything else that was taken off and pour in one quart of primary lube. Reconnect battery.
Posted on Oct 03, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Remove outer cover pop rivets (1), outer timer cover (2), inner cover screws (3), inner cover (4) and gasket (5).
2. Loosen timer plate studs (6) just enough to allow sensor assembly (8) to be rotated using a screwdriver in the plate's notchYou want to make sure when you put it back to gether that you get the timing correct.. With timing light aimed into inspection hole, rotate sensor assembly (8) until front cylinder advance timing mark is centered in timing inspection hole.
4. Tighten timer plate studs (6).
5. Install gasket (5), inner cover (4), inner cover screws (3), timer cover (2) and new outer cover rivets (1).
6. Remove TIMING MARK VIEW PLUG from timing inspection hole. Install hex socket timing plug. Big Twin Sportster Timing Range 0-35 0-45 Timing at Start 5 Timing at adjust RPM 35 Adjust RPM 1500 1650-1950
Posted on Dec 12, 2010
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You need to remove the derby cover from the primary that goes over the clutch adjuster. Remove the sping and the locking nut. Turn the adjuster screw clockwise while gently pulling the cover off. The cover should come off then.
Posted on Jun 28, 2011
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First disconnect the battery and drain the primary. Then remove any shifters, footpegs, or anything else that might get it way of the removal process.
Look on the very bottom of the primary and you'll see the primary chain tensioner adjustment bolt. Loosen the locknut and back the bolt down as far as it will go.
Remove the clutch adjuster cover and remove the spring and the locknut. Remove all the bolts holding the cover on and while pulling on the cover gently, turn the clutch adjuster inwards and remove the cover.
Posted on Oct 13, 2010
There are a number of allen head bolts you have to remove, unless you are planning on working on your clutch or your primary chain needs replacing I would not bother going to all the trouble of removing it, as the primary chain adjuster can be accessed through the the small access plate in the primary cover. You will have to replace the gasket but you won't lose your primary oil this way.
If you do remember you will have to replace the gasket and the primary oil when you reassemble as well as torquing the bolts back to their specifications.
Posted on Oct 01, 2011
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