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Roy, part of the Island Bike gang, has an 87 Heritage Softail, 1340cc.
He took it apart for some reason, so this is not his regular Harley ride.
He was wondering if the clutch plates should be oiled, before assembly.
Said they appeared dry when he took them out. I do not know of any dry clutch Harleys, and suggested his clutch should run in oil, but did not know if they should be oiled first.
Roy is putting this one back together for sale. He will have a Harley guy do any tricky stuff. I think that is a good plan as he ( Roy ) is not a good mechanic.

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Clutches are usually pre-oiled before installation.

I suppose if the bike has an open belt-driven primary, it would need a dry clutch.
 

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If they're the really cool looking kind, yeah! :)

But a there are still a lot of enclosed narrow belt drives that use the OEM primary with just small vents on the derby cover and inspection cover. They were popular during the early Evo days and I still see them around. I have to be standing next to some of them to tell, and if someone's not used to looking at Harley's they might not notice any difference at all.
 

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Oil

Thanks guys. What I thought. I have heard this bike run, and should have noticed if it had a dry clutch. My H1R Kawasaki had a dry clutch. Definite rattle.

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