Question about 2003 Suzuki VL 800 Volusia
You can NOT use a friction enhanced oil in these bikes, as they are wet clutches. the circle on the oil jug can not have friction reducer (or similar verbage). you may have to totally drain your bikes oil & put in 15W40 (auto oil is fine, just can NOT have friction reducer)
you may want to join (it's free) www.volusiariders.com its an internet forum for VL800 owners.
Posted on Jun 22, 2009
Has the clutch lever been off for any reason? Here is why I ask: When I put on my V-Strom guards I made a mistake putting the clutch lever back on. There is a brass bushing in the end of the lever (like where the lead head for a cable would go). That bushing spins inside the lever. That bushing has a hole drilled into it (or hell mine did). There is a pushrod for the master cylinder. That pushrod must fit precisely into that hole. My clutch lever popped out during the install and I didn't see that it fit such precision. It went together and rode just exactly how you describe. If it's not that make sure the lever is moving smoothly and fully inside its holder for its full range of motion. Have you bled the clutch to the point that new fluid is fully in the system? If not keep on bleeding! There is another possiblity that (given the age) part of seal broke loose and is blocking the return port.
Posted on Nov 20, 2008
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