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how do I remove the main drive pulley on a 2000 sportster so

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how do I remove the main drive pulley on a 2000 sportster so I can install a sprocket to do a chain conversion
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Motorcycle
Expert:  Wayne S. replied 6 years ago.


Harley does have a holding tool(HD-46282)and socket
(HD-46288)for removing this nut. You have to turn the
nut in a clockwise rotation to loosen it as
it has a left-handed thread. Best to use an impact tool.
Tighten it to 80-100 ft/lbs on reassembly with red locktite.
If it is very tight you may need to heat
it a bit to loosen the locktite on the
mainshaft threads.
You may need a spacer behind the new sprocket depending on your conversion kit.
Check the chain isn't rubbing the tire.
The nut needs to be locked in using the allen bolts or such.
Use red locktite or some kind of thread locker also.


Edited by Druideck on 1/31/2011 at 8:34 AM EST
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Is it possible to get it off without using the harley special tools?
Expert:  Wayne S. replied 6 years ago.


You will need a very large socket and some way
of holding the pulley. You might be able
to use a piece of wood to jam the pulley
or maybe a chain tool or such.
An impact tool is the best bet for
getting them loose as it might be
very tight. Remember to turn it clockwise
to loosen. You can try by hand but if you
know someone with an air or electric
impact gun that is best.


Edited by Druideck on 1/31/2011 at 12:44 PM EST