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Clutch problem or cable

I have 98 gsxr 750. The bike was run great prior to me upgrading the chain sproket kit to a 520 conversion. The chain and the sprocket seem to be right. I started the bike on the bike stand and compress the lever and notice that it was hard to compress. I proceed to put it in first and when i did the rear wheel started to turn. I started to adjust the clutch cable at the handle bars. Then i adjusted at the bottom it seem to help a little. Still when i put it in first the rear wheel starts to turn. I'm going to install a new cable and see if that will help. Then i'm going to change the oil. If these to things i do does not fix i assuming that my clutch is going out. I price a clutch just the fiber plates are $80.00 and gasket is $15.00.
The chain kit cost me and the new clutch cable was $240.00. How much more money do i have to spend to get my bike running again. If you have any advice for i greatly appreciate it.

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    Rob Selvy May 11, 2010

    Changing the chain and sprocket will not effect the clutch or its performance in any way. I'm hearing you say the clutch is not disengaging when you pull in the clutch lever, Am I correct on that interpretation? If so, can you tell me if you have tried the bike off the stand? Sometimes the wheel will still spin with bike on stand because the clutch may be dirty will some rust or other foreign material that will remove itself upon use.
    Make sure you don't have any kinks in the clutch cable, that will often make it difficult to pull in the clutch cable and will also cause you to adjust it incorrectly. I recommend you remove the cable from the base of the clutch actuating arm on the engine and test it to make sure the cable is ot damaged. I recommend using WD-40 to lubricate and clean the cable.
    I would NOT go buy another clutch at all, not yet!!!! That is NOT the problem.
    Please answer my questions and try the things I recommended and let me know the outcome. I'll help you through this with minimal expense to you.



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I did the same upgrade with the same bike. put a 16t in front and 64t in rear, never had a problem. just more power. I did notice when the chain was to tight things werent working right. gave the chain a little slack and the bike performs great. you might want to remove the front sprocket cover and check if the end of the clutch cable is installed properly. Hope this helps!

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