Rekluse Z-Start Clutch review
Posted August 22, 2004 - 08:34 PM
I'm 6'9" tall and stand up riding is limited for a number of reasons for a guy of my size. This setup allows me to run a gear high almost anywhere. So shifting is reduced by about 1/3, and your clutch hand just gets to hold on for the ride. We went on a 60 mile poker run yesterday and I finnished in far better shape than ever before.
We came up to a nasty rocky muddy uphill section. Bikes Strewn about stalling in the rocks and mud. Not me, I just throttled through in 2nd gear. They just stood aside with mouths open. I cant stall my WR426!
I highly recomend this product Espcially for the taller riders. It has made me faster and safer, Both good things
Posted August 22, 2004 - 08:52 PM
Posted August 23, 2004 - 08:33 AM
Posted August 23, 2004 - 11:20 AM
Makes me think I could have bought a KTM 450 EXC and pulled the e-start to save weight and I wouldn't have been that far from the 300 weight wise.
Posted August 23, 2004 - 01:37 PM
Posted August 23, 2004 - 03:24 PM
i dont think it takes away from riding, since it makes the bike so much more user-friendly.
you can forget about the clutch lever, or you can use it all the time.
the only downside - it makes you wish everything had an auto clutch on it.
Posted August 23, 2004 - 06:06 PM
Posted August 24, 2004 - 05:46 AM
Posted August 24, 2004 - 01:52 PM
Big mistake. Now they all went and bought auto clutches for their bikes too, so there went my secret weapon! If I had just kept it a little secret, then I would have had a leg up on all them guys, and maybe a chance at keeping up!
That's it. Next thing I find that really helps my riding, and makes me faster, I am keeping to myself.
Posted August 24, 2004 - 02:23 PM
Posted August 24, 2004 - 05:15 PM
Posted August 25, 2004 - 01:37 AM
how many rpms would it lower the stall with 10? have you tried it?
i havent tried 10, but im just saying that 5 balls makes a noticable difference. i dont think i could tell the difference when adding just one ball. therefore, i would either use 5 or 10.
as Al has said, the TC balls dont really lower the stall speed alot, but it steepens the engagement curve. so instead of it taking forever to fully engage, the TC balls make the clutch want to engage very quickly. almost too quickly.
Posted August 25, 2004 - 06:17 AM
Posted August 25, 2004 - 06:31 AM
f we ever hook up before WCTT4 you can ride my 426 to get a feel for the Zstart, if you see Blue_One take his crf for a spin. I tell you once you ride a bike with the Zstart, you will never go back to a standard
I can not speak for the WR, I have the yz with the genIII clutch, All I have done to it was simply change the spring to see what fits me best. I started with the softer spring, then setup with the stiffer, I have since returned to the softer, it suites my style more.
I have no idea about the differant balls used, never felt a need to inquire about them. The Zstart is a bit finicky in getting setup, but once you have it as you want it
Woooo Hooo, it is really fun to se the look on peoples faces when you stop on a hill ask if they need help the as you wave with your clutch hand you gas it and move along. That take a sneek peak behind you shot as they look at you with that is priceless
Posted August 25, 2004 - 09:50 AM
as i said, i would go for 5 or 10. the TC balls definately help the engine lug better, in fact better than a stock clutch. because when you let the rpms drop low enough and hit the gas, the clutch slips a bit to get the right engagement - therefore its lugging, its torquey but the rpms are *never* too low. the bike always pulls even in the wrong gear.
now, for the lower idle... i was using a heavy flywheel and that allowed me to run a really low idle. the problem with that is these engines dont have effective power at idle (especially below idle), my bike seemed very laid back with a low idle, but would stall constantly - in wierd situations. a normal idle will keep it from stalling.
when your making a change to the clutch, you have to remove the 12 torx screws and that allows you to change the installed gap and/or change the ball bearing setup. you dont have to change the gap or mess with the balls if you dont want to.
also, if you have the lever finding nuetral is a breeze. its when you dont have the lever that you cant take the pressure off the clutch to get it into nuetral. no blipping.
so far, thats all i know about the clutch...
Posted August 25, 2004 - 07:29 PM
Posted August 26, 2004 - 12:31 PM
1. How is it for quick wheelies? I ride a lot of nasty tight stuff that requires using the clutch to lifting the front wheel over big logs, rocks, etc.
2. What happens if I need to jump start the bike? Will the engine turn over if I try and push start it in an emergency situation?
Posted August 26, 2004 - 04:15 PM
I don't know for sure about the bump starting, cause I haven't tried it, but I think if your stall speed were set kind of low (like mine) that you could do it on a big enough hill. Don't quote me on that though...