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Got the bike with around 5,200 miles on it and after one summer it still only has a little over 8,000 miles on it

the clutch feel like it is slipping at high revs, usually if I roll half throttle or more above about 4,500 rpm's

seems fine under those R's

The low miles have me a little freaked about the clutch slipping already but I suppose this would be the time to admit that the symptoms started the day after some showoff burnouts so I probably cooked the clutch through my own stupidity - did I mention I also need a new tire?

if I need to replace the plates is this a weekend wrenchers type of job

Never cracked the case on a Triumph before so I really don't what I am in for or if I need any special tools.
 

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If you have not done an oil change, you may want to dump the crankcase and check for a) burned smell b) oil has no friction modifiers c) debris/fragments.
 

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On 2007-02-08 09:30, sweatmachine wrote:
I'm going to pull the cover on mine and replace the clutch springs with some stiffer ones in the next week or so, I'll post pics and let you know how bad it was.
Me too-I got the heavy duty springs and the gasket so am ready to do the deed. Let us know how it was!! (you first)
 

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On 2007-02-07 20:57, mutineer wrote:
Got the bike with around 5,200 miles on it and after one summer it still only has a little over 8,000 miles on it

the clutch feel like it is slipping at high revs, usually if I roll half throttle or more above about 4,500 rpm's

seems fine under those R's

The low miles have me a little freaked about the clutch slipping already but I suppose this would be the time to admit that the symptoms started the day after some showoff burnouts so I probably cooked the clutch through my own stupidity - did I mention I also need a new tire?

if I need to replace the plates is this a weekend wrenchers type of job

Never cracked the case on a Triumph before so I really don't what I am in for or if I need any special tools.
New Bonneville has clutch kits with hd springs-also you wil need a gasket and oil. Looks like three of us are going to do this soon!
 

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You don't need to buy the $120+ clutch kit with the plates, I've heard our plates are really good, maybe even better than the aftermarket kit. So try just the springs first ($12.95) if your plates look ok. If they look scored then get new plates but chances are swapping springs will be good enough. You will need a new gasket and oil though...
 

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Is there any chance that your clutch cable has come out of adjustment, or is hanging up, for any reason? Dumb for me to ask, since you've probably already checked it.

Bob
 

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Mine was slipping at high RPMs, too. I was prepared to change clutch and springs with Barnett, but after reading a few threads, I tried the stiffer springs only. Works great.
Thread here

[ This message was edited by: LT on 2007-02-08 19:46 ]
 

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There is always the possibility that someone used SM rated oil in it. Would cause the symptoms you describe~! I dont know if you can burn off the Moly- havent had to try. Good luck. Hell id run some kerosene or something thru it briefly if so to see if i could "clean" the plates?? :???:
 

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My bike had a similar problem. I changed the oil and filter and it seemed to remedy the problem. It will slip a little at very high rpm in 3rd gear and up...but at those speeds, it's considered illegal.
 

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I knew something was wrong with my clutch but I couldn't nail it down. It didn't slip in the classic sense, was just ... soft at 14,000 miles. Having never seen a motorcycle clutch, I naturally did the job myself. Turned out I had severly burned two of the steel plates - and yes, that odor was in the oil.
The job was relatively easy, my 04 did NOT require the centering tool. I had the basic tools (a click type torque wrench is an absolute requirement) and a good place to work. Did I save money - maybe some. More importantly, I really enjoyed it and learned a lot. Plan on replacing the cable, an oil change, obviously, and don't even try this without the Haynes manual, and maybe the Triumph too. Carefully inspect the replacement discs before acceptance at the dealer.
 

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I put heavy duty Barnett springs in the VTX's and it cured the slipping. This was an afternoon job for me and I am not much of a mechanic. I bought a torque wrench on sale at Sears for the job. I intend to do this to the Triumphs in a year or two.
 
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