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Clutch is dragging how do I correctly adjust the clutch on a1978 900 sd

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Unfortunately, the clutches on the bevels tended to drag, making selecting neutral at a stop a bit of a problem. Learn to select neutral before you come to a full stop. If it's just a case of excessive lever free play, there are two adjusters. One at the handlever and one at the engine on top of the engine cases.

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If I am correct the warrior models have hydraulic clutches and as such aren't really adjustable. You will usually get a lever adjustment at the handlebars, although this is more to adjust the lever to your finger length. If you wind this adjuster so the lever is as far out as possible you will get more clutch travel which may help you.

It does sound like your clutch is dragging to me, it would explain your symptoms. This can be caused by 3 things:

1. Not enough separation of clutch plates. On a hydraulic system this should not happen unless you have air in the system. Bleed your clutch and see if it improves. You should feel a difference at the lever after bleeding if air was the problem.

2. Warped plates. These will mean that the plates will drag even with full stroke on the clutch as the plates become "thicker" as far as clutch operation goes. You can pull them out and check them on something very flat, a piece of glass is best. See if you can see gaps anywhere around the plates. Replace them all if you do.

3. Engine oil causing extra drag. If the wrong kind of oil is used it can imact the operation of wet clutches that you find in motorbikes. If this problem occurred since your last oil change then it could be the culprit. Change the oil and also remove the clutch plates and clean them of the old oil. Then soak them in the new oil before reinstalling.


If you don't abuse your clutch then it's most likely either number 1 or number 3. If you do abuse your clutch a bit then number 2 can't be ruled out. Start by bleeding it since this is the cheapest and easiest to do, and the most likely cause in my experience. Also bear in mind that you may have all 3 of these problems, although it's not likely, especially on a fairly new bike.

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