55' clutch hub removal Help please

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55' clutch hub removal Help please

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Post by Refined Cha0s » Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:08 am

Hey guys Im new here and to the Pan. I picked up a 55' last week and Im starting the break down / rebuild process. I cant seem to get the clutch hub off whats the trick? I searched in the archives here and google searched but really didnt find what I needed so I thought I'd ask. Any help and or advise is welcomed thank you. Im sure it simple as hell, thats my way though. I can do all the stuff no one else can usually and when it comes to simple stuff I get lost...
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Re: 55' clutch hub removal Help please

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Post by Bigincher » Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:35 am

You need a puller, there's really no other way to do it without risk of damage. You can buy a tool made specifically for the task, or if you are creative and can do minor fabrication, you can make your own.
The puller is basically a plate that fits over the clutch studs and is held on by the three notched nuts. (Or plain nuts.) In the center of the plate, a threaded rod passes through threads in the plate. On the end of the threaded rod is a larger end that fits against the end of the trans shaft. The pushrod must be removed. With a few turns or less, the hub will pop off the trans shaft, which is tapered. There is a keyway, so don't lose the key.
Now before all this, pry back the keeper tabs on the locking washer and remove the hub nut. It is reverse thread!

I used to struggle with Jerry-rigged methods of removal for years, but finally broke down and bought the tool.
Best money I ever spent! Jims makes a good one.

As a note, there TWO reverse-thread nuts on a Harley- the clutch hub nut and the main drive sprocket nut

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Post by Tattoo » Fri Mar 13, 2015 3:32 am

^^^^Above will work^^^^..... But the best thing to do is buy a manual and anything else you can find and read up on a Panhead.....

Oh yea what about pics...... Why are you tearing it down???

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Post by Refined Cha0s » Fri Mar 13, 2015 3:59 am

Thanks Big. I figured I'd need a puller for it. I bought this bike and started looking it over really well only to find so much half assed stuff done on it. So I decided to do a tear down and rebuild as much of it as I can. I got 2 '48 frames with this bike as well.. any idea what those are worth? One seems to be unmolested except for the neck being plated over and the other was stretched a little and racked. Both look great and crack free.. just dont know what to ask for them. I'm looking for a '55 frame at the moment and some tanks.
Anyways thanks for getting back to me on this guess I'll be ordering the puller.

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Post by Bigincher » Fri Mar 13, 2015 4:17 am

I sent you a Private Message.

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Re: 55' clutch hub removal Help please

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Post by 58flh » Fri Mar 13, 2015 12:41 pm

I have used the (PROPER TOOL) & it works good!--I have been using a 3-jaw Slightly modified/Remember once you get that center BOLT TIGHT/A tap from a 22oz. Deadblow will usually spring the hub off!--Remember to use Penetrant like Kroil-Pb-Blaster, or screw-loose.Spray it the night before you yank it.Once you do it 1-time / its like anything , next-time will be easier.---Respectfully---RICHIE

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Post by Refined Cha0s » Fri Mar 13, 2015 3:42 pm

Im gonna see if I can make one today.. wish me luck. I wanna get the stuff apart so I can take it to the blaster and get it all cleaned up.

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Re: 55' clutch hub removal Help please

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Post by Bigincher » Fri Mar 13, 2015 3:47 pm

Refined Cha0s wrote:Im gonna see if I can make one today.. wish me luck.
You can do it, it's simple. Just look at the Jims online, and copy it.
I never have to hit them with a hammer, they just pop right off.
I don't see how a penetrant can help, the taper is nearly air tight-- but it sure can't hurt..!

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Re: 55' clutch hub removal Help please

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Post by james » Fri Mar 13, 2015 5:20 pm

Harley Panhead Shovelhead Flathead Clutch Hub Puller new Replaces 95960-41A
$38.00 buy it now on E-bay now.
This tool works best. I bought one from Bill's Custom Cycle a few years back, he had a bunch of them.


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Re: 55' clutch hub removal Help please

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Post by james » Fri Mar 13, 2015 5:42 pm

I'm sure your all excited about getting you new find all restored.
I remember 37 years ago when I got my first panhead.
I made a lot of mistakes, I was excited, needless to say I had to re-do a lot.
I did learn from my mistakes, this forum, a factory manual, spare parts book and Palmers restore guide.
Do yourself a favor, take your time, do it once, do it right.

Jim

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Re: 55' clutch hub removal Help please

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Post by Refined Cha0s » Fri Mar 13, 2015 6:52 pm

james wrote:I'm sure your all excited about getting you new find all restored.
I remember 37 years ago when I got my first panhead.
I made a lot of mistakes, I was excited, needless to say I had to re-do a lot.
I did learn from my mistakes, this forum, a factory manual, spare parts book and Palmers restore guide.
Do yourself a favor, take your time, do it once, do it right.

Jim

Yes sir, I wanna do it right. Anyone have any idea what a '48 FLH frame sells for these days? I've been all over the net looking and cant find a thing really. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
Jason

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Re: 55' clutch hub removal Help please

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Post by james » Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:30 pm

If it's all there and not butchered up around $2,800 plus.
Even if a few items were removed you can still get what you need to make them complete again.
Jim

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