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Old 10-28-2012, 07:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sprint Clutch Return Spring

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On my Sprint ST 955 (1999), I've noticed that the Clutch return spring, which is attached to the clutch lifter arm that goes into the gearbox, is not actually fastened or tensioned on the arm. I'm guessing that it should be tensioned onto the arm to givethe clutch cable a return tension.

However, I noticed that the spring on a new Triumph Tiger was actually the same, which has me perlexed as to the function of this spring.

Has anyone got any clues on this spring, and what it should do ?
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Look like the springs bottom hook is broken off!!
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Old 10-28-2012, 10:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I thought the same as well Bruce, but when I checked out the spring on the new Triump Tiger it was exactly the same as mine....
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:43 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Your spring is broken. So is mine. I don't think it matters...
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but when I checked out the spring on the new Triump Tiger it was exactly the same as mine....
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This is what the lower point of connection of your clutch spring should look like. Note that it is hooked around a nub that is cast into the clutch cover.
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Hi Bruce, thanks for the photos. I can see now how the spring is fitted and that mine is broken. Much appreciated. I agree that it doesn't matter that much, the clutch still works ok, but I'll get it replaced anyway.
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Did you get this replaced? Did you remove the cover?
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It's easy to bend a new hook using needlenose pliers. I did this some 2 + years and 60,000 Km ago and it's still OK. I believe the original hook had too sharp a bend causing a real stress point so I used a larger radius for my rebend. Worth a try before pulling the cover to replace.
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Yes, I did get a replacement spring, but the hassle of removing the cover isn't worth it.
UlsterSpud, thanks for the tip about bending a new hook using the old spring, I'll give that a go !
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When I was very young and terrorizing the neighborhood on a 1958 Cushman Eagle "motorcycle", my kickstand spring broke. As my friend's dad told me, "A spring ain't sprang until it's sprung". That applies to this day
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