Question about 1972 Yamaha XS2
Hi, Colcww and the usual suspects are:
1. Clutch cable bent, kinked, pinched, rusted or needs lubrication.
2. Hydraulic clutch hose collapsed or pinched.
3. Improper clutch adjustment.
4. Clutch plates rusted.
5. Pressure plate or springs to heavy for service.
6. Damaged clutch shell.
7. Damaged, bent, or stuck push rod assembly.
8. Faulty worm gear mechanism.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Disconnect the cable at the engine. Does the cable move freely when disconnected? If it does, remove the left side cover then check the operation of the clutch arm. Does it move freely and spring back freely? If not then clean it up. If it does move freely, remove the clutch push rod from the center case. Roll it on a flat surface. Does it roll smoothly or does it sort of lope along. If bent, replace it. If rolling smoothly then put it back in the center-case and remount the side casing. Lube the clutch cable and remount it also. The adjuster #23 should be screwed in until it is snug then back off the screw 1/4 turn.
Assuming no one has tinkered with the actual clutch and it was operating properly a few months ago or when it was put up for the winter, now is the time for an oil change. Dirty, gritty oil can stiffen a clutch big time. Drain the oil and refill with 10w40 motor oil. No synthetics or oils with "special" additives or friction reducers. No oil marked ECII. Just normal motor oil. Shell, Mobil, Pennzoil, etc., the major brands. Ride the bike for an hour or so then change the oil again. Doing this will flush most all of the grit from the gearbox. Hey, oil ain't that expensive. This should take care of the problem.
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Posted on Jul 02, 2009
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