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My clutch cable is adjusted all the way out. Sometimes i have to play with the cable to get it to start, and it will not go into neutral when the bike is running. It will go into nuetral when the bike is off. Will a new clutch cable fix this or do i need to replace the clutch.

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There can be adjustments to make but if you if still have problems you may have slightly warped plates etc. and may still need to check the clutch itself. it will be easier to see from the manual and you can download it free here:'97-00_Service_Manual.pdf

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THe cable is only one part of the adjuster, on the side where the cable connects to the crankcase (engine) there should be a cover. Under the cover will be an adjusting screw. Slacken the locknut then screw the screw in to take up the slack. Once you can feel it go tight back off one full turn. Dont forget to slacken your clutch cable off first.
Replace the cover then tension the cable. All should be good

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