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So I have a 01 zx9 and the neutral light won't shut off. It will shift iinto all gears while I riding but will only go into 1st and neutral while I'm stopped. I know at times while I'm riding i have issues getting it into each gear. There's a clicking noise. Could this be signs that I need to replace my clutch?

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All kawasakis will only go into first or neutral when stationary...it's kawasaki's neutral finder system. You have to be going approx 10mph to select second...

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  • Deerock Jan 21, 2013

    Not exactly true about Kawasaki's "Positive Neutral Finder". Kawasaki will only go into neutral while stopped, but you CAN go into first while moving and as long as the wheels are moving, you can enter second gear.

  • Rasputin666 Jan 21, 2013

    the designed speed of the system is 12mph...wear in the system may allow it to shift at a slightly lower speed...

  • Rasputin666 Jan 22, 2013

    By the way derek901...you can select all gears and neutral while moving but only first and neutral when stopped...the neutral finder is only there to stop you from shifting up through neutral into second when stationary

  • Rasputin666 Jan 22, 2013

    if you stop in any other gear than first you can still select all the higher gears when stationary... it just makes neutral easier to find...keep shifting down until you hit first, then stop... shift up one and it will always be in neutral as second won't engage

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Neutral light stays on ( grounded neutral wire / bad neutrl switch.
shifting problems
1. gear shift return spring weak or broken not a lowing the shift lever to to return to its neutral position to grab the next gear selector.
2. Oxidation on shift shaft and case preventing free movement of the shift shaft to return to the neutral position.
3. Clutch adjustment

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