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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
You either need to lube the cables, or adjust them. You adjust the throttle to have a 16th to an 8th inch of freeplay with the bars like youre riding straight. You adjust the snap back with the bars fully to the right. As far as the motor shutting off , you need to use the enrichner ( they call it a choke) until it will idle on its own without rapping the throttle. Also , your idle may be set too low on the carb. The adjustment is made at the idle speed screw , right behind the air cleaner.
Posted on Sep 13, 2009
Ok, let's start back over again. To properly adjust the clutch, you MUST do it in a particular method due to the design of the release mechanism.
First, you must "unadjust" the cable. Find the cable adjuster and "unadjust" it making the cable as short as possible, lots of freeplay in the cable.
Then, remove the clutch access cover and remove the spring and the "lockplate" that looks like a nut with a stem on it.
Turn the clutch adjusting screw counterclockwise to remove all the free play.
Now, back off on the screw 1/4 turn.
Then reinstall the "lockplate". if it doesn't want to go back in, you may have to rotate the adjusting screw clockwise just enough to get it back in. Put the spring back in and put the clutch access cover back on.
Readjust the cable so that you have a freeplay at the clutch lever of about a eighth (1/8") inch freeplay or about the thickness of a nickle.
Lock everything down and this should be correct.
I have found that sometimes you have to "tweak" the cable adjustment to get a clutch to engage exactly where a particular rider wants it to start engaging. This is a preference type thing and has to be done on a "trial and error" basis with the cable adjustment. But, you must use this method to adjust the clutch down at the engine end of the cable. Good Luck!
Posted on Dec 20, 2009
If this is the original H-D battery in your bike, you've gotten good service out of the battery. Time for a new one. The general rule of thumb on motorcycle battery life is two years although I have seen them last as long as five when kept on a charger designed for this.
The reason for the short life is heat, vibration and overcharging.
Due to it's small size, it is not advisable to charge a motorcyle battery using a standard car charger. If they are charged too quickly, they will overheat. With the standard car charger, even with the charger set on the 2 amp position, the initial charging rate can still exceed 20 amps. You need a charger that is limited to 1.5 amp output. The new "smart chargers" are the way to go these days. The most popular of these smart chargers is the "Battery Tender" but they are also made by Yuasa, and others. They are specifically designed to maintain the battery even after it reaches full charge. A standard car battery charger will overcharge and boil the battery dry once it fully charged. Using the "battery tender", I have gotten five years of service out of batteries in the past.
Posted on Mar 26, 2010
"Backfiring" is a pretty broad term depending on where you live. Some people refer to backfiring as popping from the exhaust while others refer to it as the engine spitting through the carburetor.
I'll assume that you're talking about popping out the exhaust pipe. If it does this after you rev the engine and it backfires on the way back down to idle, this is typical of an exhaust system sucking air. The mixture is extremely rich under these circumstances and will not ignite. But, if your exhaust system is sucking air, it combines with the fuel air mixture already there and bring it to an explosive mixture thus the backfire.
You can check you valves but I've always found that if the valves on an Ironhead are too tight, it's extremely difficult to get it started due to the low compression on that cylinder.
Check you ignition timing and points setting. Also, what kind of condition is your mechanical advance in the distributor in? I'm assuming this is an XLH model and not the magneto equipped XLCH.
What type of carburetor is on the engine? Hopefully not the original Tillotson that it came with. If it's an S&S, the low jet should be a 28 and the main jet a 66 to 70.
Posted on Jun 11, 2010
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