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Old 05-25-2008, 01:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Clutch Freeplay Adjustment & Takeup Point

Hey guys,
So I've been riding the Scrambler around and I didn't really notice it until after I read through the service manual, but as delivered my clutch lever had about a half-inch or more of freeplay which of course is way out of spec (should be 2-3mm).

With a half-inch+ of freeplay, the clutch take-up point was basically right off the grip which I really liked because it made for faster starts & quicker shifting. I didn't notice anything wrong with that because it felt like the clutch on my Tiger which also engages right off the grip (though with a proper 2-3mm of freeplay).

Problem is I'm quite sure that with that much freeplay, I was not fully releasing the clutch when pulling the lever back to the grip. That equals extra heat and wear, not good.

So I adjusted the freeplay using the adjuster at the lever. Got the proper freeplay and all is well, except now when releasing the clutch, the friction point/takeup point is all the way out near the end of the lever travel, which I don't like as much. I can get used to it but it's making for some more awkward slow riding as I don't have as much fine control over the clutch with my fingers extended almost all the way.

So my question is, can I make an adjustment at the bottom adjuster (near the clutch itself) so that I can maintain the appropriate freeplay up top but that the takeup point will be moved closer to the lever? If the answer is no I don't want to screw with it but if the answer is yes I'd be willing to play around with it a bit to get it right.
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Old 05-25-2008, 01:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I had much the same problem. I used the lever reach adjustment (1-4 knob) to bring the handle closer to the grip. It helped a lot.
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Old 05-25-2008, 01:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm already at number 4.

Unfortunately that doesn't really help with moving the takeup point of the clutch, just moves the lever itself.

To get the proper freeplay at the lever, I had to unscrew the lever adjuster quite a bit. I think I might do the total adjustment as per the service manual, i.e. screw the upper adjuster all the way in, make the adjustment at the lower adjuster to remove all but a small amount of freeplay, then dial the final spec in with the top adjuster.
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Old 05-25-2008, 01:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 05-25-2008, 06:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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you can run alittle more free play wont hurt a thing as long as clutch disingaues enough to let it down shift and go out of gear good .To little free play is what hurts most that can make clutch slip.
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Old 05-25-2008, 07:01 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Well I did the full adjust and the takeup point is better now, not all the way out to the end of the lever travel like it was. Kind of in between. I noticed right away I was able to have better control of the clutch so the adjustment brought it in a little bit. Feels good now, I'm happy
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Old 05-25-2008, 08:00 PM   #7 (permalink)
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And Too much free play is what burns up clutches & trashes gearboxes!! Slippage & drag will do the same harm!
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Old 09-16-2011, 01:19 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Can someone post pictures for this step by step clutch adjustment?
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Old 09-16-2011, 01:32 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Can someone post pictures for this step by step clutch adjustment?
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Old 09-16-2011, 03:25 AM   #10 (permalink)
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But those directions don't apply to your 1970 Tiger if that is what you were looking for. Do you have a modern Triumph too?

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