How to Change a Derby Cover

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On a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, everything from the handlebars to the derby---or clutch inspection---cover can be replaced with a custom piece to reflect its owner's personality. In fact, a wide selection of derby cover are available with nearly any design imaginable, all of which can be bolted on in minutes. Exchanging your boring stock derby cover with a custom cover can add that final touch to your customized Harley-Davidson.

Things You'll Need

  • Air compressor
  • T-27 screwdriver
  • Derby cover
  • Derby cover gasket
  • Clear away any dirt trapped around the edge of the derby cover, using an air compressor.

  • Unscrew the six Torx-head bolts from the perimeter of the derby cover, using a T-27 screwdriver.

  • Pull the derby cover and its gasket off of the motorcycle's primary cover.

  • Place a new derby cover gasket onto the primary cover and mount the new derby cover over it.

  • Screw the derby cover bolts loosely into place, using a T-27 screwdriver.

  • Tighten the derby cover bolts completely, starting at the top bolt and working across in a zig-zag pattern, using a T-27 screwdriver.

References

  • "The Professional Motorcycle Repair Program"; Professional Career Development Institute; 1995
  • "Harley-Davidson Service Manual: Softail Models"; Harley-Davidson Motor Co.; 2005
  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
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