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Kawasaki kd80 clutch adjustment

How do I adjust a 1987 kawasaki kd80 clutch? I think the clutch might be worn out but I thought I'd try adjusting it before buying the parts to rebuild it. Thanks!

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SOURCE: Clutch cable adjusters

Bowden cables like your clutch cable work on the law of the lever. Think of lifting up a heavy weight hanging on a rope using a lever balanced on a fulcrum. The rope is in tension and the fulcrum is in compression. To adjust the point of lift you could either vary the length of the rope or adjust the height of the fulcrum. The outer sleeve of your clutch cable is made out of plastic-coated steel, square-section wire and is resistant to compression forces along its length. This outer sleeve works as your fulcrum and, because it is flexible, lets you put it where it is needed - at the end of your handlebar. The cable inner is like the rope in the lever example and resists only stretching forces. It is threaded down through that snaking fulcrum back to where control movement is needed. The cable adjusters let you fine tune the length of the fulcrum, and therefore the lift range of the inner cable.,,,

Posted on Nov 10, 2008

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SOURCE: Adjust Motorcycle Clutch Cable

Usually there are 2 adjustment points. One at the clutch lever, and one on the clutch pull on the crankcase. Follow the cable from the handlebars to the engine, there should be an adjust bolt or two. The adjustment at the handlebar lever is usually a screw with a thumbwheel lock nut. Depending on what you are trying to adjust, dictates which one you will use and in what direction it will go. If the clutch is slipping, use the thumbwheel adjuster. Loosen it, back the screw out 2-3 turns, tighten. and check you clutch. if this one is all the way out, go to the crankcase, loosen the bolt on the richt side of the bracket first, then loosen the left one, one turn at a time, checing the clutch. once it's where you want it. tighten the right bolt only. You can do this with a set of open end or box wrenches. An adjustable wrench works in a pinch.

Posted on Nov 28, 2008

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SOURCE: Clutch/gearbox problem

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.

Posted on Jan 21, 2009

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SOURCE: bogging issues and clutch adjustment on 1980 RM 125

As far as your clutch adjustment ,I can't help you but the fact that the bike is older you might want to try removing the exhaust pipe at the baffel end and see if there is a difference in power ,if there is clean out your baffel and your good to go. hope this helps

Posted on Apr 13, 2009

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SOURCE: how does a 2002 kawasaki ninja 250r act if the clutch isnt adjust

if there is no free play when pulling the lever in, the bike will most likely take off from first gear, but when you throttle it, the clutch will most likely slip. if the lever is to loose, lots of free play, you may have a hard time getting it in gear. approx 1/4 inch free play with the lever and it will work normal... unless its ready for a new clutch. hope this helps...

Posted on May 27, 2009

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