How to Change a Derby Cover

by Chris Gilliland

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.

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.

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About the Author

An avid motorcyclist, Chris Gilliland has immersed himself into the two-wheeled world while balancing work life and raising three daughters. When he is not managing the parts department of a local, multi-line motorcycle dealership, Gilliland can often be found riding, writing or working on his motorcycle blog, Wingman's Garage.

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