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Iam ready to put new clutches in - question do i use the two small metal washers closes to the hub with the skinny fiber

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Go to the site below where you can see a parts diagram for your specific bike. You will select the actual brand, year, model, etc., once you go to the site. Part numbers and prices are also shown. You can order parts from this site. In the event no price is shown on a particular part, the part is not in stock. Take note that a fiber friction plate goes first then a metal pressure plate then a friction plate and so on. The plates alternate such that you start with a fiber plate and end with a fiber plate. The parts diagram shows the sequence of parts installation.

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1981 Yamaha xj550 maxim.anyone have a diagram of the correct order of the metal and fiber clutch plates so I can put back together correctly?

Hi Kevin:

If it's anything like the clutches I've messed with, there will only be 2 kinds of plates, metal, and fiber.
If you stack them up, alternating fiber/metal/fiber/metal until you run out, you'll probably end up with a fiber on top.
It will be like a "Dagwood Sandwich" with fiber on both outsides.
This will be the "clutch pack" that you install in the bike.

Hope this helps. It's great weather so you should be out riding.

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Put in new clutch it sounds like it goes in gear but want move

are you sure you put the plates in in the correct order? Fiber metal fiber. not metal fiber metal.

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Transmission slipping in 2nd gear under hard acceleration

You need to replace the clutch plates. Once they start to slip you won't be able to readjust them with any success. Take a good look at both fiber clutch plates and the metal ones. You can replace just the fiber plates and it most likely won't slip anymore, but if you replace both fiber and metal plates it will last much longer. If you are on a budget and want to temporary repair it you can add washers to the clutch springs to add tension. Use spark plug washers, they fit perfect. I've done this on a couple of motorcycles with good results. But i do recommend replacing the clutch plates as i stated above.

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Need to know how to install clutches.

I assume you mean clutch plates. Mount the outer clutch basket and the inner clutch hub then install a fiber plate, then a metal pressure plate, fiber, metal, fiber and so on. You should end up with a fiber plate. Some clutch sets have two fiber plates that are .005 thicker than the others. The thicker plate goes in as the first plate and the last plate. Please rate my answer. tombones49_4.gif

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How to put a clutch together on a 1999 yz125? how do you put a clutch together?

Go to there you can see an exploded diagram of your clutch. Note that you start with a fiber friction plate, then a metal clutch plate, then a friction plate etc... ending up with a fiber friction plate. Be sure to unbend the locking tab on the hub nut before trying to remove the nut.


Feb 12, 2010 | 2003 Yamaha YZ 125

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Is my clutch burned out?

What you need to do is to remove the right engine side cover then install new fiber friction plates. The metal plates should be okay so long as they are not warped at all. I don't know what the high pitched sound is but the bad clutch could be the source. You do have oil in the gearbox don't you. Only use 10w40 motor oil in the bike. NEVER use synthetics or oils with "special" additives. They can swell the cork on the fiber plates causing the clutch to grab and / or be so slippery that the clutch slips. Installing new plates is not hard to do. Certainly your uncle can do it as he has the tools. Check the needle bearing, clutch collar, and center of the outer hub and center hub, for wear. Please rate my answer.

Jan 17, 2010 | 2005 Honda CRF 250 R

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I have a 05 Yamaha yz85 and I would like to know how to put in new clutch plates in

Just remove the right engine case cover and the clutch is accessible.
Remove the five spring retainer bolts and springs then remove the pressure plate. Remove the fiber friction plates and the metal pressure plates then reassemble with new fiber friction plates. The metal pressure plates will not need replacing unless they are warped. Warped plates are extremely rare.

Reassemble per the diagram below. Note that the first plate and the last plate are fiber plates and are just a bit thicker than the rest of the friction plates. Please rate my answer. Thanks.


Dec 23, 2009 | Yamaha YZ 125 Motorcycles

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Drain the gearbox oil. Remove the right side case cover. Remove the bolts and springs. Remove the center hub nut after bending the holder clip on the nut out of the way. Note the sequence of parts in the diagram. Inspect the bearings highlighted in green. Inspect the clutch push rod (in yellow). Roll it on a flat surface to see if it is straight or slightly bent. Note that the first and last plates in the clutch are fiber friction plates. A metal pressure plate goes in-between each friction plate. Parts 17 and 18 are replaced with 23 and 24. Put the lock washer #24 next to the nut.

Use 10w40 motor oil in the gear box. Don't use any synthetic oils, oil marked "EC", or oil with "special" additives. Stick with the major brands; Pennzoil, Quaker State, Mobil or Shell. If in a hot area like Texas or New Mexico go with 20w50.

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Jul 06, 2009 | 2005 Honda CRF 450 R

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I have a93 rm 250 clutch not engaging

I am going to stick my neck out here and hope I can help.
The springs are not at all likely to be the problem. Any chance the cable is hanging up and not releasing fully? Disconnect the cable at the gearbox, put the bike in gear with the motor not running and see if the motor puts a major drag on pushing the bike. If pushing the bike makes the wheel lock up or the engine turn over it tends to say the cable is bad.

It could be you were given the wrong hub. Compare the old hub to the new one. Do the various measurements match? Contact the dealers parts department and ask how many fiber and how many steel clutch plates are in your clutch. Did your 9 year old son play with a funny looking frisbie and leave it in the back yard?
Ask what plate goes into the clutch hub first > Fiber or steel? Did you install the plates that way? Did the outer clutch cap go on properly and rest against the outer plate? Do any of the fiber disks have a gap wider than the other disks?

Food for thought. I hope this helps.
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Mar 30, 2009 | 2003 Suzuki RM 250

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