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post #1 of 5 Old 08-12-2013, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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Clutch push rod protector

I was browsing through some old posts on one of the TL forums and ran across this bit of info that I had long ago forgotten about. I did this on my TLS and simply forgot about it. It has worked for me for better than a decade, and I can't help but believe it will work even better on a bike used in dusty conditions. He shows how to replace the push rod seal, but more importantly he has developed a means of keeping grunge from collecting on the rod itself and working into the seal.

Clutch Push Rod Seal Fix

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post #2 of 5 Old 08-13-2013, 12:17 AM
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Thanks for digging that up. I haven't seen that in years. I remember reading it thinking it was a good idea. Never did find a straw to fit, although I never put a whole lot of effort into looking.
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post #3 of 5 Old 08-13-2013, 02:12 AM
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I had to replace the seal at 25k miles, not because the grunge from the chain but because the first two times I removed the slave clutch I had a bit to learn, so I messed up the seal by accidentally pushing it out of place when I re installed the clutch slave push rod.

I've checked that seal several times since and it seems fine. I'd be curious about the failure rate for other people and if this straw mod is really necessary.

Interesting ideal tho.
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-13-2013, 04:15 PM
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This might be another helpful resource too, for replacing the Clutch Pushrod Seal.

Replacing A Clutch Pushrod Seal and Countershaft Seal | Black Lab Adventures


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The most common cause of the daft leaking that I have seen and done myself is fitting the rod in reverse, the crud and rust on the bit of shaft on the outside of the seal destroys the seal. See the photo below where the rust is....

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