Hydro clutch or auto clutch?
Posted February 26, 2011 - 04:33 AM
I've been looking at some auto clutches and would want one that still utlizes the clutch (rekluse Z-start pro). There is a good deal on ebay for just the z-start but I still want the clutch option.
Now the other I'm looking at and is pretty economical is a hydro clutch. you can usually pick one up for about $200. A hydro clutch would significantly reduce the clutch pull thus less load on my forearm.
I would like to have some opinions from you guys.
Posted February 26, 2011 - 05:18 AM
I also have a KTM 450 XCW with a hydraulic clutch. The hydro clutch is definately easier to pull, but I'm not sure if it is due solely to the hydro or if the clutch springs in the KTM have a lower spring rate.
My experience has been that the hydro give a longer endurance, but eventually the result is the same: it wears out the forearm.
I think that if I rode tight track for a living, so to speak, I would look at an auto clutch. Otherwise, hydro is a nice alternative.
Posted February 26, 2011 - 07:57 AM
Posted February 26, 2011 - 09:39 AM
Auto clutch is nice but I'm going to pay significantly more for it than a hydralic clutch.
Posted February 26, 2011 - 05:13 PM
If you left hand cannot deal with a regular clutch, either something is wrong with your hand, you need a new cable/lever assy or your gearing is too tall and it requires you to operate the clutch too much.
Posted February 27, 2011 - 03:09 PM
I try to maintain a straight line down your arm while in a standing position. Bar height also influences this obviously.
In this fashion, the flexor muscles (curling motion) in your arm are used more than your extensors (IOW you never bend your hand backwards from being planar (straight) with your arm).
Another factor can also be bar width. Bar width has a direct influence on the angles of your wrists and therefore your arm position and muscle use.
I cut my stock CRF bars down about 1/2". It's just more comfortable to me. I also seem to realize less shoulder fatigue (aside from age, after having broken both clavicles twice I experience a lot of shoulder fatigue).
Obviously starting with properly working equipment is a must have to begin with.
Posted February 28, 2011 - 11:49 AM
My cable is fine, I do need a new perch and lever though as it now has too much slop.
Perhaps a higher end assembly like an ASV or works connection would do the trick also. There is a hydro clutch setup on ebay for about $210usd so thats why I was asking.
Currently still in sledding season here so I still have a little time to get the bike ready for spring.
Posted April 24, 2011 - 01:20 PM
My oem perch and cable were very used.... so the difference between that and the magura is noticeable, but compared with a new oem kit, there'S really not much difference. I'll try to see what I can do with the clutch springs... I welcome any suggestions/comments.
Posted April 24, 2011 - 07:26 PM