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post #1 of 18 Old 09-17-2018, 05:42 AM Thread Starter
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Clutch adjustment

Hi guys need to adjust my clutch lever as its too far out qhen reaching for it. What i am wanting to know is the adjuster part way down the clutch cable has a lock nut and a long hex shaft onto a long thread. Do i wind the the hex down the the thread towards the floor clockwise or wind it up away from the floor anticlockwise. Hope i explained what I'm trying to do ok.
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post #2 of 18 Old 09-17-2018, 07:59 AM
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That adjustment controls cable free play. If you have too little free play it's like "riding" the clutch, too much free play and the clutch won't fully disengage. The reach to the lever, unlike the brake lever, is not adjustable. There are aftermarket options, but be careful as some of them don't properly mate with the clutch safety switch when starting.

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Adjusting the clutch cable will affect where the clutch engages/disengages but have no effect on the reach for the clutch lever - only an adjustable lever like these can help with that.
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That's what I'm wanting to do is adjust the bite point of the clutch so it engages sooner. Just not sure which way to turn the adjuster.
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I don't think I explained it to well. Sorry guys.
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That's what I'm wanting to do is adjust the bite point of the clutch so it engages sooner. Just not sure which way to turn the adjuster.
I am wondering the same thing, not sure which way to turn the adjuster part way down the cable, or the one right at the point where the cable meets the lever with the big wheel adjuster on it, my gearshift isn't as smooth as it used to be.

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Making the outer cable "longer" will put the engagement point further away from the grip and making it "shorter" will put it closer to the grip but the lower adjuster is the true adjustment point.

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The spec is 10-15 mm of movement at the end of the lever, which way to turn the adjuster depends on whether there is too much or too little play. Once you start turning you will see right away if it's getting tighter or looser. Either adjuster can be used. Best to turn each one a little than only one of them a lot.
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How many miles are on your Weestrom willwoms? When I was having difficulty making smooth shifts I found the cure to be not adjusting the cable but adjusting the clutch itself - however for you that will entail draining the oil and removing the clutch cover.
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I always go with the tried and true "try it and see." Went in the opposite intended direction? Double back!

That being said.... I've noticed lately while doing test rides that a LOT of bikes seem to have a lot of play before the clutch engages. Am I more abnormal in liking it to catch earlier?

Ah well... in the end, it's just getting used to it, really.
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