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Clutch The first few days of riding the clutch was fine, now its slipping. I figured it might be out of adjustment, so i backed it all the way off. No problem getting it into gear with it backed of, but the thing is still slipping a little bit. What do you guys think it might be? And if it is the clutches, how hard are they to change???

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Make sure the oil your using is NOT energy conserving. This oil has moly and is not good for clutches. It will cause it to slip.

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