cam tentioner failure, now the clutch...

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  • Aka.Goose

Posted April 19, 2008 - 08:20 AM


OK...Here's the rundown...
Bike wouldn't start, kickstart locks up, open her up, the cam sprocket had adjusted (not slipped) one tooth...Took her to the shop, turns out a faulty cam tensioner was at fault...(yes I had to take it to the shop, come on, like you would've guessed a faulty cam tensioner, right?)...Replaced...Fired up...All the guys at the shop giving kudos to the sound of the WB pipe...Take a test run, clutch doesn't feel right...Open her up...
DAMMIT! Grooves, grooves, grooves everywhere...:rant:
Need to replace the plates/basket/springs!!!! :ride:
The bike only has 20hrs on it! Everything was tits before I let a buddy borrow it for a day (not that I blame him, but the clutch worked fine before, and I never had even the slightest problem with it until he brought it home unable to start)...

So do I go Rekluse or Hinson? :thumbsup:

  • endurodog

Posted April 19, 2008 - 09:49 AM


When I had my 05 CRF450 I had to replace the clutch basket, those were made out of soft, recycled, alum cans. I did it with the Hinson and had great luck with it.

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  • srfdwg2

Posted April 19, 2008 - 01:59 PM


Dont Let Your Friends Test Drive Your Bucket"are You Insane"?

  • Aka.Goose

Posted April 19, 2008 - 04:27 PM


Dont Let Your Friends Test Drive Your Bucket"are You Insane"?

Yeah, I tend to be too free with my stuff (but see that as a good quality)...I have the "it's a dirtbike, it can handle a little punishment" attitude...Like to stoke my friends out...I can fix some issues myself (grew up working for Airport Honda/Yamaha/Kawasaki and Cycle Rider in Torrance) and have a girlfriend that works at Del Amo Motorsports so I get a discount on parts...So I usually don't even stress about it...But yeah, this one ended up being very costly, and will make me think twice next time...
I have a feeling since my friend had only ridden 2 strokes before, maybe he was feathering the clutch a lot, or was engaging the clutch slightly without realizing it, or something??? Then again, I rode it pretty hard in Glamis and Dumont (in sand), that tends to put a heavy load on the clutch (but def shouldn't have worn it out THAT fast)...
But it's in the past now, can't change it, can't do nothing about it...So the only worry I have now is which clutch components to replace it with (and hopefully not have to deal with it again for a while)...I have never riden a bike with the Rekluse Auto clutch...I'm interested, and it sounds like many people like it, but I'm just not sure if that's the right choice...Really can't decide which clutch to go for...

  • Ga426owner

Posted April 20, 2008 - 06:07 AM


Sure it can wear that fast. Sounds like your buddy abused the hell out of the clutch. New OEM Springs, Hinson Basket, Pressure Plate, Inner hub with either GYTR plates or Hinson plates would be my recommendation :thumbsup:

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