2011 450 with a clutch question, very late engagement
Posted March 06, 2012 - 01:58 PM
Is this normal or should I try to get it fixed under what littel warranty I have? And if it is not normal, what is foobared/needing fixing?
Posted March 06, 2012 - 04:47 PM
Do you mean that the clutch doesn't disengage until the last 1/4" before the lever hits the grip instead?
Posted March 07, 2012 - 08:11 AM
Posted March 07, 2012 - 08:56 AM
Posted March 07, 2012 - 10:25 AM
In general, what produces a clutch that engages late like that (or releases early, if you want) is a condition under which the plates are all very flat, very hard (not "spongy" or compressible), all of the clutch components are perfectly square with each other, and there is very little oil drag. It could be worthwhile to find out whether the clutch looks like it's getting enough oil, but the inspection may not show much.
Posted March 07, 2012 - 11:07 AM
Posted March 07, 2012 - 05:16 PM
You should NOT be preloading the clutch in any way. You will damage your clutch plates very quickly if you do.
With your hand off the clutch, the lever should be resting against the perch. Your middle finger should fit right in the groove on the lever. When you pull it gently it should really do nothing. That's the free play. Mine is at about a quarter inch. Without that little bit of play, you'll go though plates every few rides. (ask me how I know this...)
You MUST have the bit of free play. There are two adjusters. One is the knob, the other is the right on the cable. You can make the cable shorter or longer to adjust the free play.
When the plates are worn, you will not be able to adjust any free play into the lever. You will feel tension at all times. The plates will slip. The free play is the first sign of worn plates.
Posted March 07, 2012 - 09:27 PM
You can also purchase a clutch lever that has a separate positioning adjustment, in case you want the engagement point to be different from where you like it, but the lever position to be different too......
...and yes, that is not a WR, but a KX, because it is superior in every conceivable way, including spiritually.
Posted March 08, 2012 - 10:19 AM