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post #1 of 14 Old 05-25-2013, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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Clutch repair or adjustment?

The wee is getting close to 50K, and today on a trail,I lost all power. Low rpms will still move it, but 25 is all she will do. Currently waiting on a tow back to Pittsburgh...

So, an I doing plates and springs, or is there more to it? And any special tools? Haven't found much info via the phone on it

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post #2 of 14 Old 05-26-2013, 12:19 AM
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Before anything else, if you haven't done a clutch rod free play adjustment, do that. https://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...ut-clutch.html

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post #3 of 14 Old 05-26-2013, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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His account sounds exactly like the issue Ive got. I'll go give that a try. Thank you!

(on a side note, the stock tool kit is woefully missing important items, I'm going to remedy that fast)
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Worked 100%. Zero adjustment left for further abuse... just enough for some free play and a solid grab.

Im guessing, its time for new friction plates. or
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I highly doubt there is no further adjustment left. Is the screw totally lost in the lock nut?

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Its close, maybe about 2 turns. I had to turn it in quite a bit to get everything to move, and the screw and locknut feel much looser now after being adjusted.
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They feel looser because they are no longer contacting the clutch pushrod. The free play they need is back. While the wear the plates took from allowing them to slip is probably greater than if the adjustment was done when it was needed. it's likely they still have a lot of miles left in them if they feel okay now. They only wore the amount 1/4 turn of the screw moves the screw end and that amount of wear is divided over something like seven double sided friction plates.

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post #8 of 14 Old 05-29-2013, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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I got a chance to ride to work today. Clutch feels real different, think I have finer adjustments to make. There is slack for 1/3rd of the lever, then about 1/4 is a grab of about 30% power, and then 70% almost instantly. Very abrupt, actually caused a few stalls pulling out of the driveway this morning.

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The slipping might have glazed the discs. The clutch adjustment should be done before slipping occurs. You need to do a cable adjustment.

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post #10 of 14 Old 05-29-2013, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
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Just moved teh strom to the patio so I could change the oil and re-adjust the clutch and cable.

Cable is getting there, but not quite. Probably a season on it still. Clutch adjustment done as in that thread... and it feels spot on. Granted, thats only riding 100 yards around to the front, but 100% better.

Greywolf, thank you for your help.
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