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850 t3 clutch

When im stuck in traffic my clutch cable adjustment gets bigger until i dont have a clutch and cant get into neutral. Have changed the cable thinking it was the outer sheath. Any ideas as getting stuck in traffic is a real pain.

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First they all do this to a certain degree even my Centauro! I had my Centauro serviced when it got as bad as you say yours is and they said I should go after the person that last worked on my transmission because he only put in 8 of the required 10 clutch plate springs. I said it came that way from the factory since I bought it as new in 2002 right out of the crate! Still cost me $600. Since then I have found out that the adjustment it self (the one you can make at the handlebar or down at the transmission end of the cable) is not all their is too it. Guzziology in chapter 9 under clutch adjustment sez: normal clutch wear can on most models, eventually back the clutch arm up against something solid so that even with a properly adjusted cable the clutch is subject to excessive wear and slippage. Many a happy customer that thought a new clutch was needed has left our shop after a simple adjustment of the arm's position. This sounds like what you are experiencing. Take pictures when you have this corrected, use a ruler to give perspective to the adjustment and share your results with us. All I have is the text as an example!,,,

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Same problem, solved by replacing thin roller bearing thrust washer, which had disintegrated but though thin makes a big difference when adjusting the gearbox clutch lever , eventually reoccurred so suspect worn clutch due to extensive daily town riding. Pain though, especially as its an engine out job, not too bad once youve done it once! good luck all

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