Can You Replace Sportster Clutch Ramp Bearing?

Harley-Davidson Sportster motorcycles are a popular choice for riders who want the classic Harley look and feel but don’t need all the power of a larger bike. Although they’re smaller than other models, Sportsters still require regular maintenance and upkeep to keep them running in top condition. One of the most important parts of the bike is the clutch, which helps to engage and disengage the engine from the transmission. The clutch also has a ramp bearing that can wear down over time and may need to be replaced.

If you’re wondering whether you can replace the clutch ramp bearing on your Sportster yourself, the answer is yes. With a few tools and some basic mechanical knowledge, you should be able to do this job in an afternoon.  However, if you’re not comfortable working on your bike, it’s always best to take it to a qualified mechanic.

How to Replace Sportster Clutch Ramp Bearing

In order to start replacing the clutch Ramp abearing you need some tools to do so:

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A socket wrench set
  • A torque wrench
  • A replacement clutch Ramp bearing (available at most auto parts stores)
  • A few rags or old towels
  • Some grease

First, you’ll need to remove the cover from the clutch assembly. On most Sportsters, this will be on the left side of the bike. Once the cover is off, you can see the clutch ramp bearing inside.

Use your socket wrench to remove the retaining bolt that holds the ramp bearing in place. Some models may have a washer under the bolt- make sure to save this and put it back in the same spot when you replace the new ramp bearing.

Gently pull the old ramp bearing out of the clutch housing. You may need to use a small pick or another tool to help get it started. Be careful not to damage the housing while you’re doing this.

Once the old ramp bearing is out, it’s time to put the new one in. Put a small amount of grease on the new ramp bearing, then carefully insert it into the housing. Make sure it goes in straight, and don’t force it if it seems to be getting stuck.

Once the new ramp bearing is in place, put the retaining bolt back in and tighten it to the manufacturer’s specified torque. This is usually between 15 and 20 ft-lbs.

Put the cover back on the clutch assembly, and you’re done! You’ve successfully replaced the clutch ramp bearing on your Sportster.

If you have any questions about this process or need help finding the right parts, please feel free to contact us. We’re always happy to help riders keep their bikes in top condition.

How long does a Harley clutch last?

The average Harley clutch should last between 80,000 and 100,000 miles. However, if you ride your bike hard or instop-and-go traffic, you may need to replace it more frequently. It’s a good idea to inspect your clutch periodically to look for signs of wear, such as slipping or difficulty engaging the engine. If you notice any of these problems, it’s best to take your bike to a qualified mechanic for diagnosis and repair.

How often should I grease my Harley clutch?

You should grease your Harley clutch every 10,000 miles or so. This helps to keep the bearings and other moving parts lubricated and in good condition. You can do this yourself by removing the clutch cover and adding a few drops of grease to the clutch ramp bearing. However, if you’re not comfortable working on your bike, it’s always best to take it to a qualified mechanic.

What are some signs that my Harley clutch needs to be replaced?

If you notice any slipping, difficulty engaging the engine, or other unusual clutch behavior, it’s best to take your bike to a qualified mechanic for diagnosis and repair. These could be signs that the clutch plates are worn or the clutch ramp bearing needs to be replaced.

How much does it cost to replace a Harley clutch?

The cost of replacing a Harley clutch varies depending on the model of bike and the extent of the damage. However, you can expect to pay between $250 and $350 for parts and labor. If you’re not comfortable working on your bike, it’s always best to take it to a qualified mechanic.

How many clutch plates does a Sportster have?

The Sportster has four clutch plates. 9 are friction plates, and 8 are steel plates. The friction plates have a smooth side that faces the engine and a rough side that faces the steel plates. The steel plates have a smooth side that faces the friction plates and a rough side that engages the clutch basket.

How do I know if my Harley clutch is bad?

If you notice any slipping, difficulty engaging the engine, or other unusual clutch behavior, it’s best to take your bike to a qualified mechanic for diagnosis and repair. These could be signs that the clutch plates are worn or the clutch ramp bearing needs to be replaced.

other symptoms that your Harley clutch might be going bad are a burning smell or the sound of grinding when you disengage the clutch. If you notice either of these, it’s best to take your bike to a qualified mechanic as soon as possible.

Conclusion:

I was changing my Sportster’s old ramp bearing and while doing so, I also replaced the clutch. It was a pretty easy process, though I did have some questions which were answered by the knowledgeable staff at the shop. The Harley clutch is something that should last between 80,000 and 100,000 miles with proper care. And as long as you’re paying attention to how your bike is performing, you shouldn’t have any problems knowing when it’s time for a replacement. Thanks for reading. stay happy.