I just thought I'd pass this info along concerning the removal of the inner primary mainshaft bearing race. I received my race removal/installation tool from George's Garage yesterday and began using it to remove the race from the mainshaft. Although the race was coming off, it was very slow doing so, and about half way off, I noticed the main bolt on the tools was no longer moving up the threads and some of the threads were stripped. I called George at George's Garage and explained what was happening to my new tool he sold me. He told me that H-D started putting red loctite under the race when they installed it at the factory! Loctite
under the race? I when back and looked again at the mainshaft sleeve and there it was. What appeared to me to be just a discoloration of the sleeve was actually red loctite. George told me to put some heat to the race and then use the new tool he was sending me, which was covered under the lifetime warranty of his tools.
I hate to admit this, but I had no idea the race would have loctite under it. George told me it happens all the time, because no one knows this and trying to pull the race without heating it
puts a real strain on any puller.
I'm not sure when H-D started doing this, but keep this in mind if you have difficulty removing a race on your bike.
Also, my hat goes off to George at George's Garage Specialty Tools for the quick response and