Main Motorcycle: 2010 Triumph STR
Join Date: Nov 2010
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Dealers charge waaaaaay too much for this "service" because for some reason even experienced riders are reluctant to do it themselves..... it is really easy.
If you have a low range torque wrench (inch lbs) and can change your spark plugs you can change the clutch plates and springs (for about 1/4 that cost) You don't even have to drain the oil. The hardest part of the whole thing is cleaning the old gasket off of the engine case the first time it's done. Just make sure to tape your frame around the clutch cover so you don't scratch anything and stuff a bunch of rags down in the hole for the oil pump drive chain as soon as you remove the cover so you don't get any junk, gasket material, tools, small children, falling down there. After the first time and now that I use a coated gasket the plates can be changed out in about 30 minutes. The only tricky part is getting the clutch pull rod re-engaged when you put the cover back on but that just takes making sure it is pulled all the way forward before tryng to re-fit the cover, a little patience, and not forcing it.
Excessive and repeated clutch slippage at high revs is what ruins a motorcycle clutch (too much friction heat). Even the bike magazines often say that the clutch plates needed to be replaced after a series of drag-strip runs when testing motorcycles. If high rpm clutch slippage is avoided the clutch will last a very long time, but replacing the plates is not really a tough job with proper tools. My last motorcycle had a weak clutch (the plates were good) so I used an old trick of inserting a sized washer behind each spring to compress them slightly which worked great. - Wayne
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