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Clutch Live in Cambodia....3 times the mechanic(Irish) has replaced the metal plates, and entire system once....still pulls when in N, and very difficult to shift up....down is easier, but still difficult at times. Help! This thing is killing me.

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  • Patrick Dennehy May 11, 2010

    Might be the wrong clutch kit, but are you sure the slave and master cylinder are working fully? Is it a mechanical or hydraulic (fluid) clutch?


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Have you tried to use synthetic oil in it? I have synthetic in my '78 Honda four and it works good.

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Well, the answer is yes and no. If you hear a clunk noise when shifting to first gear when the engine and transmission is cold, this is normal. Once the engine reaches normal operating temp, the answer is "NO", not normal.

In a cold engine, the oil is thick and even with the clutch pulled in, enough oil is between the plates to drive the mainshaft and cause the noise. Now. once the oil gets hot, it shouldn't do this. If it does, you need to adjust the clutch.

To adjust the clutch, find the cable adjuster in the middle of the clutch cable. Loosen the locknut and turn the adjuster inwards to get as much slack in the cable as possible.

Now, remove the derby cover, spring, and locknut at the clutch release mechanism on the outer primary cover. Inside the mechanism is a screw. Turn this screw as far as it will go clockwise but don't try to force it. Once it stops, turn the screw back clockwise 1/4 turn. Replace the "locknut", spring, and the derby cover over the release mechanism.

Now, go back to the cable adjuster and adjust it back outwards until you get about an 1/8" of freeplay. Squeeze the clutch a few times and check the freeplay again. Lock the lock nut and replace the rubber boot over the adjuster.

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How do i replace my clutch kit. i burned it out

ello mate,,first drain the oil out,remove the right side lower fairing,,then remove the wot looks like a large circular engine casing,then remove the bolts with springs holding the clutch plates in,,take off the cover then u will see the plates and metal lookin clutch plates,, now take out the clutch plates one at a time,,,ie take one out then place on the bench,take a metal plate out and place that on top of the 1st plate u took out,and so on,, when u have the new fibre plates,,replace back in the bike as u took the old ones out,,ie, new fibre plate 1st then put a metal friction plate back in from your bench,,then a new fibre plate and so on,,each time u replace the new plate ,chuck away the old one,,wen u have done that ,on the clutch plate cover look at the face of the cover u will see a small arrow head or a dot stamped on the face of it,, that dot should line up with a dot thats stamped on the housing where the clutch plates are,put the plate casing on so that the dots line up ,,put the springs and bolts back on and do them up tight,,then replace the engine casing,,,put your oil back in,,if u have a hydrolic clutch u will have to remove the 3 screws and the clutch piston b4 taking the casing off ,,,to read this it will sound complicated m8,, but wen u start the job itl be quite easy,, take your time tho,,any probs m8 ,shout and il anserw u,, ok,, cheers now

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where it doesnt fully engage but I am having the opposite problem where I can not get my clutch to disengage. I have the top cable adjuster-adjusted so there is about a nickels (few mm) worth of play where i can pull the clutch lever that much before the cable really starts pulling. With it on the stand when i start it and put it in gear the wheel spins (enough that it is hard to stop the wheel and if i do the bike stalls) even with the clutch lever pulled all the way in and when riding it, the clutch doesnt actually seem to engage until the lever is almost all the way out. I adjusted the cable adjuster and unscrewed it as far as it can unscrew which was considerably further out then it is with the nickels worth of play and it changed nothing aside from the tightness of the lever/cable. On the stand the wheel still spins and stalls if i put enough force on it to stop the wheel and when riding the clutch still seems to engage and the same point (where the lever is almost all the way out). I think when I am on it and put it in gear, it doesnt stall becuase i keep the Rs up and my weight keeps the back tire from turning and slips the clutch?? Any comments, ideas, advice, etc. would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. ,well , the most obvious is a worn out clutch..BUT it can also be from the plates sticking together, or the springs are beyond their service limit. you can check and change all this at once.... 1) drain the oil 2) take off the clutch cover 3) loosen the screws that hold the pressure plate 4) check the springs (they should be a specific length , over time the length decreases) 5) take out pressure plate 6) check every plate , you can check thickness with a good caliper.( if the pads on the thick discs look worn or are not there the clutch is worn and you need a new set of plates) if they discs are still in good condition try cleaning them with a solvent like alcohol etc...but be carefull you do not use a aggressive solvent as the pads are made from cork and some solvents will damage the cork . If you change the pads the best thing to do is change the metal and the friction pads aswell as the springs. there's a trick to use a clutch that's worn down alot and that is to add another metal plate to the outside so your total stack height becomes higher , however this will only help you 1 or 2 heats after that the clutch is toast either way. hope thats FIXYA.,,,

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clutch basketYou will need the fibre clutch plates and I would be replacing the clutch springs because the 400 had weeker springs than the 450 (04YM). Also check if the metal plates are blue this is a sign they are bernt and they may need replacing if it has been slipping for a period of time. Use 10w 40 oil. Motul or Motoex oil they are good and go genuine some non genuine plates can swell and cause drag. Sometimes the basket may have small wear marks on the fingers. If it has you can clean them up with a file but dont take to much off. The only other reason you would replace the basket is if the damper rubbers between the basket and big gear are worn.Try and move the gear and hold the basket, if the gear moves the dampers are worn and need replacing, I think you can get the dampers seperate. If you go to a good Gas Gas dealer you wont get riped off, I would take your plates in and ask for the mechanic for advice and not the parts person.,,,

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