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1990 GSF 400 clutch feels like a dead lever, help!

Like I said, feels like a dead lever, or like the cable is broken, but it's not. The actuator pin that disengages the clutch gets pushed in when I pull the cable, but the clutch won't move a bit. It's running and idling fine and even rides through every gear no problen, it's just got a dead clutch. is there a pin broken on the inside of the clutch? or could brand of oil affect this? weak springs? help me out.. please and thanks.

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  • skaterat45 Apr 30, 2010

    If i get a rolling start i can dump it into first and ride it through the gears, there's just no clutch. Now just a few minutes ago I was out tinkering with it and i found that there's an adjustment screw right inside the casing and i tightened it and it felt like the clutch was back. I won't know until tomorrow when I hop on and try it out. I was also wondering what kind of oil to put into it. It is a 1991, but only has 18,600 miles on it. any suggestions/tips would be helpful. thanks. Joe.

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When you say dead clutch but you are able to reide throught the gearsis that to say you are reving it up & dumping it into gear without the clutch are you doing this with the bike on the centre stand or on the road or are you selecting the gear & the bike stalls when the clutch is released if you have put high detergent motor oil intended for use in cars you can bet therin lys you problem. Let me know how you get on Regards Geoff

Posted on Apr 30, 2010

  • Geoff watson Apr 30, 2010

    ok you have found the clutch pushrod adjustment screw turnit in till it dtos backit of 1/3 of a turn & fastenthe lok nut takeing care not to move the adjustment over adjustment will cause the clutch to slip. myoil of preference for older machines is q8 20w40 however if you cant find it in your local bikeshop motul or any of the many other four stroke motor cycle specific oils available

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