79 FLH Throwout Bearing Repair

79 FLH Throwout Bearing

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79 FLH Throwout Bearing Repair

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Post by HDChevroletUSA » Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:13 pm

I've pretty much decided that the throwout bearing on my 79 FLH has let go.
The bike's in NY, and I'm in Texas. Heading up there for a week in October and want to fix it when I'm there.
Can you guys suggest where I should go to order the parts? You've always been so helpful in this regard when I asked for advice on my Panhead.
Thanks.



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Re: 79 FLH Throwout Bearing Repair

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Post by Bosheff » Wed Aug 29, 2018 12:46 am

A 79 BT does not have a throw out bearing. Instead, it has 2 thrust washers and a bearing about the size of a dime that do the job. More than likely these parts have been destroyed most likely because of running the tranny low on oil. At one time a repair kit was available from HD, but I don't know if it still available. Probably the aftermarket sells what you need....bosheff

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Re: 79 FLH Throwout Bearing Repair

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Post by guppymech » Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:03 pm

The throwout bearing oil slinger slot gets worn out in use then it starts spinning on the clutch release pushrod, you may want to get a new one. Harley p/n 37228-75, Eastern Performance makes one that's made in USA, at least mine was when I got it last year on ebay.

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Re: 79 FLH Throwout Bearing Repair

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Post by VPH-D » Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:42 pm

Make sure the clutch adjustment screw is backed off a little, to give the bearing a little free play. This is the last thing done in adjusting the clutch.
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Re: 79 FLH Throwout Bearing Repair

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Post by Andygears » Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:57 am

Many Independent bike shops are "Eastern Parts" dealers, either local to you or in the NY area. I've used Eastern parts with good results. By the way, a large early style bearing won't fit under your cover.

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Re: 79 FLH Throwout Bearing Repair

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Post by PanPal » Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:40 am

I used the early large cone shaped bearing with a new correct pushrod on a 80 FLH with good results.
A buddy was just complaining about some Eastern parts the other day. Crank pins I believe. Just my 2.

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Re: 79 FLH Throwout Bearing Repair

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Post by Andygears » Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:07 am

PanPal wrote:
Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:40 am
I used the early large cone shaped bearing with a new correct pushrod on a 80 FLH with good results.
A buddy was just complaining about some Eastern parts the other day. Crank pins I believe. Just my 2.
By all means, if the larger bearing assy. Will fit, use it. Pan pal, was it a non-kicker cover? HDChevrolet which do you have?

I can remember trying to fit the big bearing under a kicker style cover that did not have clearance to get the necessary throw when bolted up. But my memory is old as I am.

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Re: 79 FLH Throwout Bearing Repair

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Post by HDChevroletUSA » Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:56 pm

Thanks for replies everyone.
My 79 FLH is all stock (non-kicker) with the 'early' 79 pivot arm, so I assume it has the double washer/dime size set up.
I guess I'll give the Eastern parts (original equipment style) a try and hope for the best.
Thanks everyone!

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