A friend of mine, bought a 1949WL 45. Originally came from Indonesia I'm told. I offered to help him with some problems with it, but I really wished I'd said nothing. The bike looks nice form a distance, but-------_!
It was grinding the gears when 1st was selected, and it couldn't be put back into nuetral when the motor was running. I said to him, I will have to go through the clutch, and find out why it is not disengaging properly.
I'm after some advise in regards to the clutch basket bearing.
It is fitted with 30 each, .250 x .615 rollers, in a bearing retainer.
The retainer, is badly mangled, and it is nearly impossible to assemble the rollers in the retainer, without having some of the rollers falling through the retainer, and holding everything together in order to assemble the clutch basket over onto the the clutch friction hub.
I ended up installing a complete spare WLA clutch from my spares.
My question is;
The standard WLA clutch has 60 each 7/32 balls in a retainer, same as a big twin clutch.
Also mentioned in the WLA maintenance manual is the change to rollers with 31 each, .125 x .615, fitted to 1940 WLA, and 40 each, .125 x .615 fitted to 1941 and later WLA's.
Bruce Palmer's book talks about the recommended change to rollers, but doesn't mention any dimensions.
All of my spare clutch baskets have the pressed in "bearing outer" to accept 7/32 balls or .125 rollers, but not .250 sized rollers. Is this size standard for 1949 WL 45cu inch flathead only???
Can someone clarify for me please.
If I could buy one of these .250 x .615 roller bearing retainers, then I can put his clutch back together, and I can get my spare back, and also save me a lot of grief. Is there a specific part number for this .250 x .615 rolller retainer???