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TOPIC: Clutch slipping, again.....
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Clutch slipping, again..... 2 Years, 5 Months ago  
Hello all,
At this time last year while finishing a 1200 mile ride, my clutch started slipping. I replaced the stock clutch spring with an upgraded aftermarket one (EBC maybe). It has started doing it again. Should I replace the clutch pads, convert to the Barett clutch plate, or both?

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Micheal
 
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Re:Clutch slipping, again..... 2 Years, 5 Months ago  
My cable seems to go out of adjustment fairly often but resetting at the lever always fixes it. I bought the EBC spring also but have not had to install yet. Mort
 
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Re:Clutch slipping, again..... 2 Years, 5 Months ago  
without further inspection..seems odd that it's gone after only 1 yr...I'd look at adjustment as Mort said first...although mine has never been out of adjustment after such a short time either.....check the simple things first...IMHO...and good luck
 
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Re:Clutch slipping, again..... 2 Years, 5 Months ago  
I recommend the Barnett SR-2 every time. It will not fail you like these diaphragm type springs do. Like others have said check your cable adjustment to be sure you have the proper play and if you still have a problem I would suck it up and invest in the SR-2.

I would not recommend new disks unless while you have it apart you take a micrometer and check measurements to see how much wear is on the disks. 99% of the time the disks are still good it's the amount of pressure from the pressure plate/spring that's the problem.
 
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Re:Clutch slipping, again..... 2 Years, 5 Months ago  
Thanks for the info, I will check the cable adjustment.

Micheal
 
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Re:Clutch slipping, again..... 2 Years, 5 Months ago  
I'd say cable adjustment is the most likely culprit. Cables stretch quite a bit, especially when they're new.

I have 5 years on the EBC spring with about 18,000 miles since installing it & it doesn't slip one bit using the original clutches. My original stock spring started slipping a little around 16,000, that's why I put in the EBC & it's performed flawlessly since then.
 
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This fits in here, right? I mean, I can make this fit in here ... right?

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Re:Clutch slipping, again..... 2 Years, 3 Months ago  
I was hoping to hear what the outcome was here. Have a friend who switched to the Barnett clutch, then his pulley loosened, then clutch was slipping, he replaced plates, and now, less than a year later says its slipping. Seems strange, looking for help here.
 
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Re:Clutch slipping, again..... 2 Years, 3 Months ago  
Barnett pressure plate and new oem clutches! mine first started slipping on the way to Daytona beach few years back
 
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Re:Clutch slipping, again..... 2 Years, 3 Months ago  
I installed the Barnett at 54K miles after it started slipping in high gear. My plates had next to zero wear on them. I have not had a problem since.

Cables are a lot like chains. They set pretty hard initially, and you might have to adjust a cable 2-3 times to get it settled in to the bend you have it in and whatnot, but after that, your adjustments should be highly infrequent, as long as you KEEP THE CABLE AND ENDS LUBRICATED PROPERLY. That means a good cable lube down the sleeve, and GREASE on the ends of the cable, at the lever on the bar, and the lever at the case, and GREASE on the exposed portion of the cable at both ends. If your cable has been on for a long time, and it starts needing to be adjusted frequently, it is in the process of breaking, regardless of if you can see where it is coming apart, and you need to get it changed. I changed mine when I done the Barnett because it had a flat spot in the cable where it rubs the metal end fitting at the bottom. No fraying, but that is next in line.

Then there's clutch habits.
1. If you do hard starts frequent full power upshifts without dipping off the throttle
2. Slip the clutch excessively on starts (should take all of a "one Mississippi" to get it out and let go of the lever. More is slipping it excessively)
3. Practice your Jerry Palodino "ride like a pro" routine once a week
4. Sit at traffic lights or other stops for prolonged periods of time with the clutch lever pulled
5. Drag race or do firey burnouts

Your mileage WILL vary. All of these are forms of abuse to the clutch assembly.
 
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Re:Clutch slipping, again..... 2 Years, 3 Months ago  
jd750ace wrote:
I installed the Barnett at 54K miles after it started slipping in high gear. My plates had next to zero wear on them. I have not had a problem since.

Cables are a lot like chains. They set pretty hard initially, and you might have to adjust a cable 2-3 times to get it settled in to the bend you have it in and whatnot, but after that, your adjustments should be highly infrequent, as long as you KEEP THE CABLE AND ENDS LUBRICATED PROPERLY. That means a good cable lube down the sleeve, and GREASE on the ends of the cable, at the lever on the bar, and the lever at the case, and GREASE on the exposed portion of the cable at both ends. If your cable has been on for a long time, and it starts needing to be adjusted frequently, it is in the process of breaking, regardless of if you can see where it is coming apart, and you need to get it changed. I changed mine when I done the Barnett because it had a flat spot in the cable where it rubs the metal end fitting at the bottom. No fraying, but that is next in line.

Then there's clutch habits.
1. If you do hard starts frequent full power upshifts without dipping off the throttle
2. Slip the clutch excessively on starts (should take all of a "one Mississippi" to get it out and let go of the lever. More is slipping it excessively)
3. Practice your Jerry Palodino "ride like a pro" routine once a week
4. Sit at traffic lights or other stops for prolonged periods of time with the clutch lever pulled
5. Drag race or do firey burnouts

Your mileage WILL vary. All of these are forms of abuse to the clutch assembly.


All good tips to practice. It's the difference between having to do a little free play adjustment once in a blue moon or cooking the thing from too much heat during excessive application and having to replace parts.

Many of this generation grew up around automatic transmissions in cars, so they never learned clutch etiquette.

Some eventually get it, but others never will.
 
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