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1971 CB 350 clutch is VERY low (close) - How do I adjust it?

My 1971 CB350 clutch is VERY low (close) at the handle - any way to adjust it? I tried the nuts at the handle to shorten the cable but when I do it pulls fine then then BAM, the handle clicks fully closed. Bad clutch? Ideas?

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On the left side sprocket cover is a nut and screw , if you loosen the nut you can turn the screw you can adjust the clutch. You will want to loosen all your cable adjustments first so you have the adjustments later when you need them again. If this does not work, take the cover off and inspect the pieces for damage ,missing bearings, cracked parts,bent shaft,etc. If you pull the shaft out of the motor be careful there is a small bearing that will usually fall out of the motor after you have left the room if the bike is on its side stand.

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About halfway down the clutch cable is an adjustment, covered by an accordian boot.

Slide the boot up out of the way, and at the adjuster, loosen the lock nut, and shorten the adjuster as short as possible.

Go back to the clutch pressure plate you seen under the primary cover.
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