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2025 Indian Scout Clutch Lever Maintenance and Adjustment

Required Tools and Supplies

  • 5mm Allen Socket
  • 10mm Socket
  • 10mm Wrench
  • 12mm Wrench
  • Ratchet
  • Torque Wrench
  • Flathead Screwdriver
  • All-Purpose Grease
  • Eye Protection
  • Nitrile Gloves
  • Shop Rags

To learn more about tools, read the Tools and Fasteners Guide. Always wear safety glasses and nitrile gloves when servicing your Indian Motorcycle.

To maintain and adjust the clutch lever on your Indian Scout, follow these steps:

1. Park the bike on a flat, level surface and allow it to cool completely.

2. Inspect the entire length of the clutch cable for any damage to the external casing. Also inspect any exposed cable wire for fraying, kinks or corrosion. Replace any cables that are damaged, sticky or sluggish. Tip: Use a shop rag and locking pliers to rotate the clutch shaft arm until the tension has been released from the cable. Rotate the cable barrel out of the clutch shaft arm and release the clutch shaft. Pull the cable up and out of the mounting boss. 

3. Move to the clutch lever and remove the plastic cap from the pivot pin with a flathead screwdriver. Be careful not to scratch the finish during removal.

4. Remove the clutch lever pivot nut and screw with a 10mm socket and 5mm Allen socket.

5. Disconnect the clutch cable from the clutch lever.

6. Remove any old grease and dirt from the lever, housing and cable ends. 

7. Lubricate the clutch lever and pivot screw with moly assembly grease or all-purpose grease. 

8. Apply a thin coating of grease to both clutch cable ends. Note: Do not lubricate between the cable and sheath.

9. Reconnect the clutch cable into the lever housing. 

10. Install the clutch lever into the handlebar and align the pivot pin hole.

11. Reinstall the pivot pin fully, and torque to 13 in-lbs (1.5 Nm).

12. Reinstall the nut, and torque to 49 in-lbs (5.5 Nm).

13. Clean any residual grease off the bike, and reinstall the plastic cap.

14. Rotate the clutch shaft arm, and reconnect the clutch cable into the lower cable housing.

15. Adjust the clutch lever freeplay.

16. The clutch cable adjuster nut is located underneath a rubber protective cover on the left side of the motorcycle above the left-hand V-cover. While holding the clutch cable, slide the rubber protective cover forward to reveal the lock nut. 

17. Unclip the cable from the rear two clips for easier adjuster access. Make sure the cable is re-clipped and retained after adjustment.

18. While holding the cable, loosen the lock nut, and turn the cable adjuster inward or outward with a with a 10mm wrench and 12mm wrench until the clutch lever freeplay is set to 0.5 – 1.5 mm (0.02 – 0.059 inches).

19. While holding the cable, tighten the adjuster lock nut securely, and slide the rubber protective cover rearward to cover the cable adjuster.

20. Verify that the safety switch activates properly. The engine should not start in gear with the clutch lever released.

For more information, see your authorized Indian Motorcycle Dealer. Find a dealer near you with the Dealer Locator.
Maintenance tips, procedures and specifications can be found in your Owner's Manual.
To find diagrams and replacement part numbers, use the online parts catalog.

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