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Clutch/gearbox problem Hi I have a 1995 Vulcan 1500 with around 15000 miles on it. What is happening is that the gears grate a bit when I change up. When I change down it is smooth. The clutch is smooth and does not slip. Do you think this is just an adjustment to be done(if so where do I adjust) or do you think the clutch needs replacing. I cant see that the clutch can be so worn after so few miles that it needs replacing though.

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  • Vulcanizator Feb 05, 2009

    Hi, I am new to a forum.I just bough kawasaki 1500 1996, and I knew that there was a problem with the firs gear. When I shift to the 1st, and start going, after about 20mph bike start jerking, so I am forced to switch to 2nd, and the it ride just fine. When time coms to downshifting when I slow down, at the first gear begin to skreech like the gear is worned out or teeth are missing. Is it a cluch or a gear? Can I fix it? Do I have to remove engine? Which side I start from? I belive I can fix if pointed in right direction.

    Thank you in advance.



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Its not the clutch but the clutch limiter spring, it gets worn in the center, this is a 1-1/2 hour job to replace and 45 -60 dollars in parts. if you email me at i can walk you through this or give you another site that gives step by step instructions with pictures. also if you attempt this yourself or if a shop does it tell them to use the meanstreak spring it is stronger.

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