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Clutch problems

Post Tue Sep 29, 2020 10:32 pm

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Here is a picture of what came out of my clutch. I recently acquired a 1975 FLH and the clutch was dragging real bad. I tried to adjust it by the book but it didn't help. I took the clutch apart today and 8 of the 10 springs were broken. Can anyone tell me what would cause something like this to happen and do I need to look for something other than the replacement springs? The friction and steel plates look fairly new.
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Post Wed Sep 30, 2020 3:30 pm
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Location: Ohio USA

Check the support bearing behind the primary cover.

Post Wed Sep 30, 2020 5:03 pm

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Location: Spokane WA USA
Those Springs, Might be suffering from Hydrogen Embrittlement. They appear to be plated. May be? The source of springs, Did Not bake them after plating!
I never use Hidden Plated Springs, Expecially on Clutch Plates. Any good Spring Shop will form a good set for You.

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