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I replaced the clutch in my 1996 VT600 CD, after filling it with oil I have a sort of grinding noise when I start the bike. Does this mean I installed it incorrectly? If so, what is the most common mistake on installation?

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Did you soak all the clutch plates and friction plates for at least a few hours (best overnight) before installing them?

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It depends on the amount of abuse and the attention to maintance the bike has received in the past. Clutches can last 15+ years or can be destroyed in a few months of hard (abusive) use.

In this case, you might investigate simply changing the oil. Fresh oil sometimes makes a huge difference - especially with a wet clutch. If the oil has been changed regularly and recently, it's possible the clutch is in need of replacement or possibly a simple adjustment. With the lever all the way released, you should have a small amount of free-play in the lever before resistance is felt. 10MM at the end of the lever, or about 1-2MM at the cable end of free-play is desired.

If this change happened suddenly it's possible that something has failed internally. If so, I do not advise that the bike be run until it is serviced.

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