Clutch Noise

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  • SaltyWalrus

Posted December 07, 2005 - 01:04 PM


Do clutch throw-out bearings on the "R" go bad and make a noise when you pull in the clutch lever? Kind of a chattering noise. Intermittent, but definitely gets your attention when it does it.

  • TimBrp

Posted December 08, 2005 - 03:43 AM


Check your basket for grooving. Mine made some screeches before.

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  • snaggleXR650

Posted December 08, 2005 - 05:23 AM


Are you aware of the clutch bushing problem on the '00- ~'02 bikes? They are known to gall up and ruin your clutch basket. There is an updated part# for all the newer model bikes, it has more oil holes etc... It's easy to change and the part is cheap. Look into it ASAP before you have to buy a new clutch basket that's VERY expensive. The updated part# is 22116-MBN-671. You will need a new lock nut also as you will have to grind the staking out of the stock one. Read up on it here;

  • SaltyWalrus

Posted December 08, 2005 - 08:32 AM


One of the first things I did was replace the clutch bushing. It started making a chattering noise when the clutch lever was pulled in all the way, not when slipping the clutch to apply power. I put in an extra metal plate this summer to eliminate slipping and basket looked like new.

This chattering noise started right after dumping bike onto a small log on the clutch side. Exterior looks fine, so I don't know if the timing is coincidence.

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