Well kids, this is why you wait for your clutch removal tool to arrive, rather than trying to remove the clutch by sticking a screwdriver in there. :-(
's video on how to replace the clutch basket several times over the last couple years. If I had only read his FAQ! I would have known to wait for the tool, which is literally on the way from Amazon! But I hadn't read the FAQ. A 10mm wrench fit so nicely in there, and stopped the inner basket from moving, that I figured I'd at least give it a try. To be fair, I was thinking about my latest useless tool purchase. I spent $44 on that tool to loosen / tighten the special motor mount nuts, only to find that the things were finger tight, and that the inner one wasn't even necessary. So I kind of thought this might be the same type of deal and that I'd be returning that clutch tool without ever even opening it.
Boy, was I wrong. :-(
It only took about 12 lb/ft of pressure to snap that clutch basket. :-( So now, rather than spending zero dollars on replacing my clutch basket (I was planning to do it "sometime", but not THIS time...I don't think I ever even noticed any clutch chudder), I just cost myself $595, because now I don't even have a basket to send in to get the Werks done to it. Arrrrg!! Very frustrating.
But oddly, I'm more determined then ever now to get this bike back on the road, so I'm going to just keep plugging along. I still have to get that clutch out no matter what I do (to replace the output shaft, the "crux" of my issue), and I have plenty of other stuff to do while I'm waiting on the tool. As for the money I now need? Dunno. This morning I was $250 away from finishing (engine gasket set, antifreeze, a couple of tools), which right now is an almost impossible amount of money for me. Now I'm $845 away! But you know what? Instead of getting depressed about it (no more whining!!), I've decided to relax, and to believe that good things will continue to happen that will allow me to get this bike on the road! So I'm actually a little excited; I can't wait to see how this plays out! :-)
All is well at this point, except for discovering that my tarp doesn't hold antifreeze or oil, so now it's on my garage floor!
Found some nasty metal shards in here :-(
Good view with the pressure plate removed
And then this. *sigh*