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Clutch noise My clutch is noisy

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  • frank996 Dec 26, 2008

    Can dry clutches be lubed to ease the clutch noise??


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Ducati monsters have either a "wet" or "dry" clutch. Wet clutches are bathed in oil, while dry clutches are, well, dry. Dry clutches tend to be noiser, and if the clutch cover has been ventilated they clatter quite a bit. This is all normal, and for die-hard type, desireable.

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