'00 426 notched clutch basket - options?

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  • banda

Posted May 24, 2011 - 05:17 AM


Don't get mad at me for asking about '00 426 clutches - there's a lot of stuff in threads here already, and that's my problem - there's a little too much for me to digest.

So I know that there are some part swaps with '01 plates and rods that are popular. I know that aftermarket baskets for the '00 are non-existent.

My basket has notched fingers. I would like a lighter pull and smoother engagement.

I bought my bike used, and I don't know if the clutch parts are original.

How do I tell what I've got? Or does it matter? Should I get a '01-'02 basket and rod? Do I also need a new boss?

What are my options?

Thanks in advance for your help

  • silentv311

Posted May 25, 2011 - 04:56 PM


Just my opinion, I would stick to Factory OEM parts if you are not sure about parts exchange from later models or, purchase a Hinsen Clutch Basket designed for your year model and make. :smirk:)

  • 383firebird

Posted May 26, 2011 - 04:20 AM


I would file down and polish the fingers on your basket. I have done it and know others that have too with good results. Unless you wanna spend the money for new parts.

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  • banda

Posted May 26, 2011 - 04:40 PM


I would file down and polish the fingers on your basket. I have done it and know others that have too with good results. Unless you wanna spend the money for new parts.

Well, heck, that makes sense.

Ok, so a follow-on question. If it's time for new clutch plates, how do I go about identifying whether I have a '00 clutch or a '01 clutch? Does it even matter for clutch plate replacement?

  • 383firebird

Posted May 27, 2011 - 03:41 AM


if you look in the oem parts section and compare steels ,fibers and basket part #s they are they same for 00-02. i have always heard the 426 has a solid clutch and i have never had issues with oem parts.

  • nsanerod

Posted May 30, 2011 - 06:50 PM


https://picasaweb.go...feat=directlink - You can see the grooves in the clutch basket. They look like little squares where the friction plates rub. You can also see the file I used.
https://picasaweb.go...feat=directlink - Here is the "after" picture showing it smooth.

I had the same problem. I bought a used RMZ 450 and the clutch was grabby. I did some research and found the following advice:

-File off the basket to eliminate grooves.

I am no mechanic and I was able to do just this. Now, it is like butter! Pics show what I did. Keep in mind you have to remove the clutch basket. Be sure to clean everything before reinstall to get rid of metal shavings.

  • banda

Posted June 03, 2011 - 09:05 AM


Guys, thank you for pointing me in this direction. I will get in there with a file and let you know how it goes.

But - and I'm ashamed to say this - I replaced the clutch cable and lever, and thoroughly cleaned the clutch perch. The difference is like night and day. The lever action is buttery smooth, and the adjuster is a thousand times easier to operate. I think it could all be even better, so I'll get in there with the file and replace the plates, and I'll see what I get.

Thanks again.

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