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CLUTCH KEEPS SLIPPING, DESPITE LOOSENING CABLE,adjusting centre hex drive screw correctly and tightening nut. Then ADJUSTING CLUTCH CABLE SO TIGHT SO THAT I CAN SELECT GEARS. I cannot select gears when i leave 1/4 of an inch free play in clutch leaver. What is wrong with the bike, it is Brand New and has a 127 Ultima engine in it.It feels as though the clutch is not clearing enough to change gears as the bike changes gears easily when the bike is not running. Neutral CANNOT be selected when the bike is running but is easy to select when the bike is not running. If anybody has the correct answer, and it works, i will send you $50 for your trouble. thanks Nick Western Australia

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Nick:
I read two contradictory things here. One the clutch is slipping and the other is it's dragging. Ok. here's something to check. Check your throwout bearing on the right side of the bike. Drain the tranny and take the clutch release cover off the transmission. The throwout beaing is a small wafer bearing about a half inch in diameter. It's held on by a miniture clip that is notorious for coming off. If during the engine swap you pull the clutch release rod outwards just a bit, the bearing could have fallen off. check this and replace if necessary.

Now if you have a stock clutch, loose the cable really loose. Break the lock nut loose in the center of the clutch assembly and turn the screw inwards until you feel the resistance. This is done AFTER you put the right side of the tranny back together. Do not force the screw. Do it several times until you get the feel of it. Once you feel the resistance, back the screw off about 1/2 turn and lock the lock nut. Adjust the cable adjuster outwards until you have 1/8" free play at the lever.

Do not overfill the primary with oil. the oil level should not be any higher than the lowest part of the clutch spring. Too much oil will cause the clutch to feel like it dragging an won't allow you to find neutral with the engine running.

Try that and see what happens. But, I'm going to tell you now, that the stock clutch is probably NOT going to hold that 127 inch engine. You're are probably going to need to beef up the clutch as well.

Good luck
Steve

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