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Primo Rivera DOA?
« on: December 13, 2017, 08:18:08 AM »
Last year had trouble getting friction plates for my Rivera Pro clutch (Shovelhead).  JP sent me 3 out of 7 and said no more available.  Called Rivera and they had plenty (rip off shipping rate) . Denied going belly up.

Now I understand its a done deal.  I have 7 brand new friction plates and thats a wrap.  I hear Ted's picked up on the design and is supplying parts but honestly after about 15/16 years since I first started this build I finally have all American components in the drive train and do not want to go backwards. 

I will likely replace it with a clutch assembly from Tech Cycles, not TED, Tech !!.  I used two of their belt drive primary kits (one 1 3/4" inside a tin primary, and now 3" open) and electric start kit and they have been trouble free for many years, recently sent the starter in (1.4kw turns very well on 96" big bore/stroker) for rebuilding.  Plus they are all American.  Good guys too at tech & sales. Always pick up or promptly return calls. 
 
For application on a Shovelhead does anyone have any experience with their clutches.  I don't hear much about them as compared to Scorpion, etc...  Is Rivera actually going out of business?
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Re: Primo Rivera DOA?
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2017, 11:00:34 AM »
First I've heard about it.

J&P's owner, MAG is in chapter 11, so a lot of suppliers have cut them off pending payment of outstanding debts. 

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Re: Primo Rivera DOA?
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2017, 11:43:12 AM »
Is Rivera actually going out of business?

Yes, that is my understanding.
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Re: Primo Rivera DOA?
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2017, 02:48:14 PM »
That answers why J&P were out of stock and Rivera had plenty but now that they are done what happens to the thousands, tens of thousands of Pro Clutches out there?  Trash heap?  Hard to figure. 

I guess its time to start thinking of another clutch but Rivera set the bar high, thats for sure. 

After I had put together a bare bones 80" Shovelhead together with 4 speed kick only on a rigid frame, the first upgrade I did a few years later was a Rivera Pro clutch to replace the stock 3 finger type.  I always considered it one of the best bolt on upgrades I did to that 80".  A Lieneweber L3S was probably a close #2.

So what clutch are you guys having lots of success with?
John

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Re: Primo Rivera DOA?
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2017, 05:49:01 PM »
John, have you searched ebay for Rivera Pro clutch packs?

I tried to link one but the link or my skills Suuuuucked

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Re: Primo Rivera DOA?
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2017, 05:55:33 PM »
No I haven't but I'm thinking since I have a full set of brand new friction plates I might put the whole clutch on eBay and put it toward a new unit.

Not sure. I have some meat on existing plates so I have time to think.  Its a damn shame. I know you felt very good about your Rivera clutch also.
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Re: Primo Rivera DOA?
« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2017, 06:10:41 PM »
 I have to find the model number for my clutch, there are a lot of them on ebay but I am not exactly sure which one. That happens when you never had to work on it in the 13 years you've had it.  I am trying to decide now if I would pop for a complete assembly just to have it.

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Re: Primo Rivera DOA?
« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2017, 07:46:56 PM »
Mine is also 13 years old, but I just rebuilt it this spring, so hopefully it will last another 80,000 miles.
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Re: Primo Rivera DOA?
« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2017, 07:58:53 PM »
I've got at least 13 years on it as well but without friction plates what good is it, am I right? 
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Re: Primo Rivera DOA?
« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2017, 08:26:24 PM »
I agree. Perhaps you can find a set before they are all gone. Have you tried contacting them? They may still be open and have some stock on hand. Or try other suppliers, Dennis Kirk, Drag, etc., and stock up on a set or two. Worth a try because I really like my Pro Clutch.
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Re: Primo Rivera DOA?
« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2017, 02:47:01 AM »
 I thought in my surfing last night I saw Alto plates for Rivera clutches. I don't know their pedigree but that name has been around a while.  Can't dig into it right now but I think I have the paperwork on my Rivera Pro .... somewhere.

 edit to add: There are replacement Clutch packs listed under Rivera Harley on ebay for $168 on eBay. I just don't know if they fit our model.
« Last Edit: December 14, 2017, 02:53:04 AM by 76shuvlinoff »
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Re: Primo Rivera DOA?
« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2017, 04:13:34 AM »
I have a new set waiting for me to install but I have enough meat on existing to get thru a season.  it looks like there are still kits and plates available on ebay.  Looks like Barnett is marketing their name on some and lots of refurbished kits.

Well, I may get another back up set of plates and that should last me a few years.
John

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Re: Primo Rivera DOA?
« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2017, 05:47:14 AM »
I also instaleed a Rivera Pro few years ago as I went with what Mark had to say about it, and I have to say BEST upgrade to my Shovel ever, I still have the box and paperwork in the garage. I have not been able to ride for damn near 3 years now, I have all confidence in when I do get to ride that the Rivera will still get me excited :baby:

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Re: Primo Rivera DOA?
« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2017, 12:38:11 PM »
I checked their website and i can still order the catalog.lol. Ive been running three finger stock clutch setup for years. The only problem i have had is lurching with the clutch engaged when in first. usually means the clutch is wet and is grabbing, drain the primary and press on. I can open the 1970's manual and see every part i have. Dirty           

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Re: Primo Rivera DOA?
« Reply #14 on: December 14, 2017, 03:43:55 PM »
Not true. I emailed Rivera, got a response today, placed an order and already have a tracking number. See below.



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Re: Primo Rivera DOA?
« Reply #15 on: December 14, 2017, 06:58:01 PM »
Well there you go. Another rumor squashed.
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Re: Primo Rivera DOA?
« Reply #16 on: December 14, 2017, 11:41:42 PM »
Cool... :up:
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Re: Primo Rivera DOA?
« Reply #17 on: December 16, 2017, 04:11:42 PM »
Well there you go. Another rumor squashed.

Probably started by a BDL salesman.   :potstir:

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Re: Primo Rivera DOA?
« Reply #18 on: December 30, 2017, 09:10:29 AM »
Energy One Clutches also have replacement clutch plates for Rivera Primo.

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Re: Primo Rivera DOA?
« Reply #19 on: December 30, 2017, 07:42:19 PM »
Dont be so sure..i have yet to get them to answer the phone.
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Re: Primo Rivera DOA?
« Reply #20 on: December 30, 2017, 09:25:30 PM »
Dont be so sure..i have yet to get them to answer the phone.

See below. I placed an order on the 14th. Received a confirmation the same day. The package arrived last week when I was out of town. Says Rivera-Primo on the box. I think they are still in business and suggest you try emailing the person at the riveraprimoinc.com address I posted below.
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Re: Primo Rivera DOA?
« Reply #21 on: December 30, 2017, 09:33:30 PM »
I ended up getting a BDL..
2 months ago they would not answer the phone.
Perhaps they reconstructed.
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Re: Primo Rivera DOA?
« Reply #22 on: January 01, 2018, 02:15:54 PM »
Anyone have experience with these guys?

http://www.evolution-industries.com/dyn4.aspx


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Re: Primo Rivera DOA?
« Reply #23 on: January 01, 2018, 06:55:43 PM »
No I don't but give Tech Cycles a look.  I have several of their components and if I change clutches I will likely go with theirs.
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Re: Primo Rivera DOA?
« Reply #24 on: January 05, 2018, 01:59:34 PM »
FYI: Just ordered a clutch hub bearing for my Pro clutch direct from Rivera, so yep there still with us  :beer: :up:
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Re: Primo Rivera DOA?
« Reply #25 on: January 08, 2018, 02:31:24 PM »
Reddog   :up:  good news
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