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Clutch cover wont go back on

My clutch cover wont go on anymore.its as if the spring inside the cover is too small to slide back over the cluth wheel...,thanks , tony

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  • jupff May 15, 2009

    Chain froze and wouldn't move. I tried to remove the cover and it was stuck. Once I got it off, I can't get it to go back on. Same problem as others seem to have.



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Same thing happened to my 450. Push cover on as much as possible, most importantly so the chain brake on the main unit engages the "chain break coil" on the cover. Disengage the chain break and cover slips right on. Why the manual does not tell u to disengage break before disassembling is beyond me. Life would be too easy i guess.

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The easiest way i have found to put the cover back on is to take the clutch drum youn can put the cover on.reset the brake and reinstall the clutch drum.the brake loop gets in the way any other way.hope this helped,if not let me know and we can try something different.......

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The chain brake must be engaged on the cover

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