Do i need a new clutch?
Posted June 10, 2012 - 02:20 PM
Posted June 10, 2012 - 04:07 PM
Posted June 10, 2012 - 04:38 PM
Posted June 10, 2012 - 06:07 PM
One method of checking is to get the bike warmed up, and then while sitting at a standstill, put the bike in third gear, rev the engine up and slowly let out the clutch. If the bike doesn't die but instead keeps on reving high, then your clutch is slipping and will need to be replaced soon. Another method involves taking the plates out and measuring them with a dial/digital caliper and comparing the measurement with the spec's in the manual.
Good info. Thanks,
Posted June 10, 2012 - 10:03 PM
Posted June 10, 2012 - 10:42 PM
ok cheers mate, i know its not slipping so i think i will take the plates out an measure them, i just dont want it packing it in the middle of the bush
You MUST be able to adjust a little bit of slack into the clutch lever using the adjuster. The entire mechanism is kinda confusing, but in a nutshell, the more slack you are able to adjust into the lever means the more clutch you have. When you can't adjust any more, that means that your clutch is worn out.
You'd better get some new fiber plates. Don't wait. You don't have much time left.
regarding it not slipping, you can't really feel it, but it will slip every so slightly, especially when the clutch heats up and the plates expand a bit. It will cause it to wear even faster.
No need to measure the plates at this point. Get some new ones.
Lay the bike over on its left side, remove the clutch cover. You will not lose any oil.
Posted June 11, 2012 - 12:22 PM
With the age of that bike it would still make sense to check the clutch though. If it is the original clutch it could very well be worn to the limit and ready to go soon.
Posted June 12, 2012 - 12:39 AM
Posted June 12, 2012 - 04:02 AM
Posted June 13, 2012 - 01:15 PM
Posted June 13, 2012 - 01:51 PM
no idea mate ive only just bought the bike, think i will replace the clutch. can i buy just a clutch kit and a new cable or is there anything else i should buy/check?
Unless the steel plates are warped, you should reuse them. Clean them up a big and scrub them good to get the junk off. Just replace the fibers. Get the OEM fibers. Those are some of the best ones. DO NOT buy the cheaper TUSK fiber plates.
Readjust your cable and enjoy your ride.
Posted June 18, 2012 - 06:38 AM
i have measure the fibres and they are still in spec, but the steels look a little worse for wear.. dont tell me that i have just ordered a tusk clutch kit
Your steels look perfectly fine. One day, I'll take a picture of my steel plates and show you what a "burnt" plate really looks like. Scuff those up with a little sandpaper and put them in the bike.
I love many of the tusk products, but NOT those clutch plates. They swell and shrink a lot in my opinion. I've tried them more than once and found myself having to adjust the knob all the time when in the single track and on the clutch a lot. They are not as good with the heavy abuse.
OEM plates are the way to go and will last a couple of years. The Tusk plates will last 6-8 months.
Send the tusk plates back.
Posted June 18, 2012 - 01:18 PM