Main Motorcycle: 1979 Triumph T140E
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Dahlonega, Georgia, USA
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OK, Three days ago I traded for a 1979 T140E, Runs great looks awesome, but clutch sticking horribly. Tried all the stuff from the Forum but the only thing that worked was, forcing it into 1st and riding it for about five minutes and pulling the clutch handle often, eventually the clutch would release. Now today I jumped on tried to free the clutch to no avail then forced it into first and BAM! Cling, Clang, thwock, buucka, buucka, BAM!
Now when idleing in neutral it makes pings and clangs 10-15 times a minute. But in 1st and only in first,it makes the most horrible noises like someone beating on the primary with a hammer, 40 - 70 times a minute. I assume there is a broken gear or spindle. I can turn a wrench and have rebuilt a couple of VW beetles, but I have never worked on a Brit bike. Is rebuilding the tranny something I can do and what parts am I definatley going to need such as gaskets and seals etc. Or should I trust it to someone with more experience?
There will be broken gears in the gearbox.
Most likely the output sleeve gear or the layshaft gear that engages it.
If you're lucky it will be mainshaft or layshaft 1st gear;easier to get to.
If the bike was moving at even 4 mph,you could safely engage 1st gear with the engine idling even if the clutch wouldn't disengage.You can't do it when the bike is stopped,without risking damage.
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