Harley mainshaft inner race removal?

Discussion in 'Motorbike Technical Discussion' started by Gerry, Dec 31, 2005.

  1. Gerry

    Gerry Guest

    I appreciate any and all advice any members of this group might be able

    to pass on.

    I have a 1996 Tourglide, 82,000 miles, I have owned since it had 30,000

    miles and I do not know it's repair history previous to my purchasing
    it. The main drivebelt I believe is original so I have decided to
    replace it. I have removed the outer and inner primary cases, clutch,
    compensating sprocket, etc.. I have the factory manual and am following

    it as closely as possible. Now I have run into two issues:

    #1 Issue: the mainshaft inner race shows slight wear so I wish to
    replace it along with the associated bearing and seal. The race should
    have been installed with a .100" gap between it and the main drive gear

    however for some reason it is pressed tight against the main drive
    gear, no gap at all. Any ideas on how to remove this?

    #2 Issue: The drive belt sprocket is definately worn and should be
    replaced. I have removed the locking plate that retains the 'nut'. I
    have tried to remove this nut with an impact wrench but it will not
    budge. I understand from the manual that this nut has a left hand
    thread and I am turning it clockwise for removal. I am guessing that
    the nut was installed using locktite and have been considering heating
    the nut to loosen the locktite. I am guessing that this will ruin the
    two seals but they should be replaced anyway. Is heating the nut the
    way to proceed or is there a better way?

    Any help on the two above issues is greatly appreciated.
    Gerry, Dec 31, 2005
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    Kim Neubert Guest

    Don't heat it unless your going to pull the mainshaft all the way out. There
    is a real small seal, behind the pressed on inner race, that you can't get
    out on the bike and it will be ruined. It seems that the nut was right hand
    on my 94 and the manual was wrong. If no one can tell you for sure, go to
    the dealer and look at a new nut. You should replace both pulleys if your
    installing a new belt. Ebay usually has pulleys cheap.

    Kim Neubert, Dec 31, 2005
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  3. Gerry

    Gerry Guest

    Thanks for the advice Kim, never thought about the manual being wrong!
    I will check it out with our local dealer. Any ideas on how to remove
    the inner race pressed right tight against the main drive gear?
    Gerry, Dec 31, 2005
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    Phil Boutros Guest

    You most certaintly *can* get it off when the tranny is
    assembled. Putting a new one back in to the proper depth requires a
    special tool, however.
    I strongly doubt that. The OEM pulley certaintly has a
    left-hand thread on the pulley nut. Unless someone decided to change
    the main drive gear and the nut, it should still be a left-hand
    thread. Heck, I'm not even aware of an aftermarket main drive gear
    and nut that are not left-hand thread.
    This is good advice.

    Phil Boutros, Jan 1, 2006
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