Clutch Cable Adjustment on a Harley-Davidson

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This is a simple tutorial on how to adjust the clutch cable on a Harley-Davidson. Before making any adjustments, always first consult your Owners Manual.


  • The distance between your clutch lever housing and cable end should be 1/16 to 1/8 inch.
  • Turn the cable-adjuster counter-clockwise to add free play. Turn clockwise to remove free play.
  • Monthly: inspect your clutch cable for abrasion, cracks or binding. Lubricate as necessary.