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Transmission/clutch clutch is stiff and when i put it in gear it wont roll when i accelerate. but i can push it

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It would be extremely helpful if I had the year and model, the clutches differ through the years and models, but I'll give it a go. There are going to be a couple of thing that can cause this. You will need to yank the primary to get to the clutch.
1- the ramp that works the push-rod clutch release is bad or the push-rod has punched through it. On the Sportsters this is a different type of mechanism and is located all on the primary side with the clutch. It will be easy to see if there is a problem with it. On the big twins the ramp is located on the tranny side, so you will have to remove the tranny cover to inspect the ramp and bearings. You can remove the push-rod through the center of the clutch hub, by removing the c-clip that hold the center adjustment for the clutch release. Inspect the push-rod for discoloration due to overheating on the ramp end or bad wear on either end due to being overtightened.
2- the clutch is gone, frictions are the main thing that go, but don't rule out having to replace the steels until you get it apart.To remove the clutch assembly, you will need to remove the primary chain. To do this you will need to slide the crank hub and the clutch assembly off at the same time, the chain will not allow you to slide one off with out the other, if it does then your primary chain has stretched and needs replaced. *IMPORTANT NOTE* The nut holding the clutch assembly is reverse thread, so do remember this when removing, otherwise you can damage or break the tranny shaft. Once you get the clutch assembly off, there is a special depression tool for getting the clutch plates out of the clutch hub. The hub is aluminum, so if you don't use the tool you can break an ear off and will have to get a new hub.

I know this sounds difficult, and it will be if it's you're first time, but don't let it scare you off of doing it yourself. I'm a firm believer in working on your own bike, I also believe HD is over priced (used to work for a dealership), along with most other shops. Working on your own bike is a tradition that most riders today have gotten away from. If you haven't worked on your own bikes before, start, you'll find that it gets easier with time, it's not that hard, and you'll enjoy having that sense of accomplishment. If you need anything else feel free to ask, and let me know what you find.

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