All 'real' dirtbike clutches due this. You are over thinking this. The WR clutches all drag a little bit. You can put in new plates, and shim the springs, and it will work great....unless you actually use the clutch for modulationg power....then eventually, even without damaging the discs, it wil drag again. It's just not the most sophisticated clutch actuation design. I disagree. I have been riding dirt bikes since Hector was Pup and this '03 was just plain awful. As I mentioned my '99 works like a charm, This one was so bad when I first started in on it, it was causing me to crash and more than once made me soil my Fruit of the Looms when it would not quit pulling when I pulled in the clutch. Luckily her brakes are stronger than the continued pull when clutch was in...but not by much! If I was not riding so much tight stuff I probably would not have such issues with it but I quit most of the desert riding and now spend a LOT more time up in the hills in the woods. I have owned probably 50 bikes over the years. Everything from dirt to street and even a few D Sports. I was about convinced it was bikes like this one that cause people to quit them forever! But as I mentioned I am not much of a quitter. I am hard on dirt bike clutches but have NEVER burned a clutch out or had to replace one on a bike....yet anyway! THAT may change with this '03! HA! I have put over 70K on a several street scooters and their clutches were still going strong when I sold them. I have a a'92 Seca with 72 K on the clock right now and its STOCK clutch is still GREAT. My '99 WR 400 has just about 17K on it and I have just plain horse whipped that poor bike. The first 15K on it were ALL tight, fairly knarly to REAL knarly single track and if ANY clutch was going to fail it should have been that one but it is still working fine as well. The '03's were a first production year and I know some of them had some real issues. Unfortunately I have one, but it is IS getting better!