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    Is the Clutch Spring Plate known to fail under 30k miles?

    I was watching a video on Sportsters and everyone is saying that the Clutch Spring Plate is a common part to fail under 30k miles on a Sportster. From what I understand, the Buell's are a sportster motor but cammed up and with different heads.

    So is this an issue I should pay attention to? Or did Eric Buell have the foresight to redesign that? Or is it a non-issue altogether?

    Thanks!

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    There is no clutch spring plate in Buell clutch.
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    Oh okay. Is this replaced by the "clutch release mechanism" (name in manual) that has the ramp and ball bearings?

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    It was not replaced, it was completely eliminated. You can eliminate spring plate on Harley too and put two steel plates and one friction plate instead of the spring plate to keep the clutch pack thickness the same.
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    You two are speaking totally different languages.


    cknapp: Don't try to worry about extra stuff that happens to other bikes that hasn't even happened to yours. Theres way better things to think about, like where your next beer comes from Buell's are decievingly simple and solid. Why fix a door thats already working?

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    If you have Harley you definitely want to eliminate that plate even if it works because of it fails unpredictable and it will do this, it is just matter of time. Buell does not have this plate, but it has a bunch of another stuff can fail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cooter View Post
    You two are speaking totally different languages.


    cknapp: Don't try to worry about extra stuff that happens to other bikes that hasn't even happened to yours. Theres way better things to think about, like where your next beer comes from Buell's are decievingly simple and solid. Why fix a door thats already working?
    I know I'm being over analytical. I just like to know any potential issues and whether there is a preventive measure I can take to keep them from happening. I just love my bike so much I'd hate to botch it all up due to something easily preventable. But I'll relax a bit

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    Quote Originally Posted by TPEHAK View Post
    If you have Harley you definitely want to eliminate that plate even if it works because of it fails unpredictable and it will do this, it is just matter of time. Buell does not have this plate, but it has a bunch of another stuff can fail.

    Ha. That's actually the video I watched that got me spooked



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