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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-03-2017, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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Clutch Replacement Tips and Tricks

The bike turns 11 years since I bought her and she is just around the corner from 45,000 miles. Clutch has started to slip badly in 1st and 2nd so new EBC clutches go in next week to go with the EBC installed a year or two ago. Any tips, tricks or advice for removal or installation?

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My bike is a bit different but I remember many guys talking about the torque on the bolts for the springs only about 9 pounds. And some have broken one off being too strong with them.

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get a paper gasket for the crankcase - it just makes **** easier and cleaner
get new crush gaskets for the exhaust

get some 000 steel wool and clean up the backsides of pipes and belly of the crankcase, and while u at it remove the plastic cylinder jugs and use some chrome polish to make every inch look new, while its broken down
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If you can, let the friction plates soak in oil overnight.
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If you can, let the friction plates soak in oil overnight.
Thanks Sidejam. I plan to soak them in the oil I drain out and reuse that for a couple hundred miles before changing the oil and filter.
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My bike is a bit different but I remember many guys talking about the torque on the bolts for the springs only about 9 pounds. And some have broken one off being too strong with them.
When I put the EBC springs in I used the torque wrench.
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Old clutches out and new ones soaking. New center nut arrives Thursday so it should be back together that night.
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@GB6049 , the wheels on your bike are awesome...just say'in. Great look, and I dig the nutjob pipes too.



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Good choice on clutch by the way. I replaced my clutch with an EBC clutch and heavy duty springs. So far, very happy with it.
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Pro-Tip: Don't over-tighten the bolts that hold the clutch case to the block! You'll have a bad time!


But it all honesty be careful, and use an even stream of gasket maker when you are putting it back on. I did overtighten one of the bolts and had to have the engine case drilled and tapped!


Also don't over-tighten the bolts that hold the clutch springs down, I had to replace the back plate because of it, and that was a bad time too.


In summary, use a high quality torque wrench and it will save a few headaches!


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