Stiff Clutch Pull
Posted April 16, 2013 - 05:57 AM
Posted April 16, 2013 - 06:29 AM
The most common issues are a grooved clutch basket, and a worn out cable.
If the stock levers were replaced with the wrong ones, the leverage can go down on the lever, making it stiffer.
Old YZ levers would do this.
Posted April 16, 2013 - 06:57 AM
Posted April 17, 2013 - 04:01 PM
Posted April 17, 2013 - 04:43 PM
Like to hear about other solutions if this doesn't work
Posted April 17, 2013 - 06:48 PM
Posted April 18, 2013 - 04:39 AM
1- remove cable from lever perch, remove gas tank (you want to see EXACTLY how it's run) and remove cable from engine side actuator.
2- check lever operation and make sure pivot is clean and greased. You have NO idea how much difference this can make. Make sure the pivot bolt isn't too tight or too loose and that it moves extremely freely. If you have aftermarket levers be sure they are setup right and the right lever; with a used bike, if you think they don't fit right buy some cheap OEM knock offs and try those as PO's can and will throw whatever is lying around on as cheap or quick replacements and it may not be the correct one.
3- check cable operation and its physical shape with it removed completely from the bike. It should be extremely easy to move back and forth and there should be almost zero resistance. If there is resistance, the sheath is in good shape, and the inner isn't rusted try to lube it using a cable lubing system that forces lube into the cable. If that still doesn't free it up or the outer sheath is damaged replace with OEM; nothing wrong with Motion Pro stuff it's just their cables are generic and more times than not are slightly "wrong" (either too long, too short, or adjust weird) and OEM is almost exactly the same price, usually under $20.
4- using your manual thread the cable back into the bike making sure you don't pinch or pull the cable too tight in any spot following the exact route the stock one should follow. Again, often overlooked and the slightest pinch can cause a bad clutch feel and bad routing can bind the cable.
5- after this it gets slightly more complicated and involves removing engine stuff. Report back if the above steps didn't solve our issue or start digging into the manual and follow their procedure.
The above steps will solve 80-90% of your hard clutch pull issues. You would be surprised how much the slightest lever drag can amplify into the lever or how new your bike feels by simply replacing the cable. Give this a shot and report back: a new Moose lever is $10, even if the perch is shot aftermarket is $25 or so and a new cable should be under $20.
Edited by miweber929, April 18, 2013 - 04:42 AM.
Posted April 18, 2013 - 07:05 AM