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New clutch - November 15, 2006, 04:51 PM

Okay. I changed my clutch cable. It seems to work properly. It pulls on the spring-loaded lever that moves the pin.
I changed my clutch plates, also. As far as I can tell, that went smoothly (though I think I might have had one extra... I started with a friction plate and ended with steel. Is that right?). The plates nearly changed themselves. I changed out the cover springs, too. Needless to say, I had knowledgeable guidance, here. I added REALLY nice oil when all was finished. My oil level is fine.

I go to try my bike out. It seems to give me power in the driveway, but when my husband took it out on the street (I wasn't feeling well that day) the bike put out reduced power (like the clutch was slipping) and there was a bad smell and smoke. He pulled it back into the driveway immediately.

Today I went out to check on it, thinking the cable might have been too tight. It wasn't. It was damn near perfect, with about 1/4 inch of slack, just like the book says. I cranked up the bike and it seemed to work fine in the driveway. I was able to put it in gear and pull it forward, roll it backward with clutch engaged, and pull it forward again under power.

But the smell and the smoke happened again.

It's a bad smell and smoke is just scary. Can someone tell me if this is normal? I don't want to ruin my new clutch plates by having something poorly adjusted. Thanks for your help!


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November 15, 2006, 05:10 PM

i dont think you shouldnt have ended up with an extra clutch plate
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November 15, 2006, 05:22 PM

You mean I should have started with cork and ended with cork? The steel plate was stuck inside the cover, but the illustration I was using suggested that the last plate, the one inside the cover, should have been steel and my pile ended with cork... If the last plate inside was steel before, it should be steel after, right?

Maybe I didn't end up with an extra plate, but that last steel plate didn't come out of my pile of oil-soaked plates, or I don't think it did. It came out of the clutch cover. To be consistent with the illustration and with what was obviously there before, I put it in last.


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November 15, 2006, 05:33 PM

You should have 9 steel and 8 cork. Steel should be the innermost and outermost. Did you soak the cork ones in oil prior to installing them?


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November 15, 2006, 05:35 PM

I think you should have started with steel and ended with steel. Don't you have a manual?
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November 15, 2006, 07:16 PM

I soaked them in oil. I had help from Bambam. He put them in order for me and I followed his directions and a printed diagram, which indicated cork closest to the engine and steel closest to the cover... I'll dig out my manual to be sure.


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November 15, 2006, 07:22 PM

Also the innermost cork plate is different from the rest.


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November 15, 2006, 08:34 PM

right. Bambam put the plates in order for me. He's the expert. Unfortunately, he's not at the other end of his phone.


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According to the Ron Ayers fiche, inside and outside are metal.
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November 15, 2006, 09:24 PM

Okay, I just looked at it. With Bambam's help, I've determined I have an oil leak around the clutch cover. NOW what do I do?

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November 15, 2006, 09:42 PM

Well, I wouldn't worry about the leak just yet, as that is not the cause of your problem and you will need to take the case cover off, regardless. I'd go ahead and take it off and recheck everything. Disassemble the clutch and check the plates. Once you have identified and solved the problem, then you can figure out why it is leaking. Were you careful in removing the old gasket? You do not want to mar either surface. New gasket of course.
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November 15, 2006, 10:35 PM

I just have just one question...




How do you people learn all this sheeet?


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How do you people learn all this sheeet?
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Well, I wouldn't worry about the leak just yet, as that is not the cause of your problem and you will need to take the case cover off, regardless. I'd go ahead and take it off and recheck everything. Disassemble the clutch and check the plates. Once you have identified and solved the problem, then you can figure out why it is leaking. Were you careful in removing the old gasket? You do not want to mar either surface. New gasket of course.
I'm not certain that I have a problem. My husband doesn't know my bike very well, and I'd like to experience the reduced power for myself. It seems to work FINE in the driveway. My biggest fear was the smoke and the smell, and now I know what's causing that.

I was careful removing the old gasket, but I failed to carefully check the surface before putting on the new one. That would easily explain the leak. Do I need a NEW new gasket? OR will the new one I put on be okay if I have to remove the cover a second time? I'm going to try my bike one more time to see if I'm actually having clutch problems, or if I'm just having husband + bike problems, then I'll tackle the oil leak. Ya'll are totally awesome!


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November 16, 2006, 07:21 AM

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I just have just one question...

How do you people learn all this sheeet?

You try not riding for a month of perfect weather. You'd learn how to change your clutch plates, cables, etc. also.

If I don't get to ride soon, I just might scream. Or ride my husband's cruiser (bleh!). I'm not that desperate, yet, but I'm getting there.


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