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79 shovelhead flh with rotary top trans rocker clutch and slapshift i bought the bike with this setup,it looks like i may have remove the primary to covert it back to hand clutch footshift,is ther a easier way to do it?

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It is easiest to remove the primary, you need good access to the shifter area.

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