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HOW TO CHANGE WET MOTORCYCLE CLUTCH PLATES

Now that the cover has been removed, you will need to remove the pressure plate.  Again, use a criss-cross pattern while loosening the pressure plate bolts.  Use caution when removing these bolts, as they are spring-loaded.  If there are alignment marks on the pressure plate and clutch basket, take note of them. This will help you re-align them later on.  Remove all the bolts, springs and the pressure plate and set them aside.

You should now have access to the stack of clutch plates.  It’s best if you can remove the whole stack in one piece.  If you cannot grab the whole stack, remove them one-by-one, but be careful to put them back together in the order that you took them out.  Set the stack aside in that order for now.

With the plates removed, you can now take the time to inspect the clutch basket.  Look for any damage or wear to the inner and outer hubs of the basket.  If you do have any noticeable grooves or nicks, you will need to replace the basket as well.  You can also now check out the pressure plate springs.  Many clutch plate kits come with new springs and it is wise to replace them at this time as well.

If everything checks out, you can now begin the reassembly process.  Use the old plate stack as a reference for the new plates.  Be sure to arrange the new, oil soaked plates in the same order as the old ones and then slip the new plates into the basket.

Next, reinstall the pressure plate, the springs and the bolts, taking note of any alignment marks that may be present.  When tightening the bolts, use the criss-cross pattern again to assure that they are being tightened evenly.  Use a torque wrench to give the final snug to ensure that they are all even.  Your shop manual will have the specified amount of torque needed.

Before you reinstall the clutch cover, you will need to clean off the mating surface.  Make sure there are no pieces of the old gasket left on the surface.  If there is, use a gasket scraper to scrape off the surface.  Use a contact cleaner to remove any debris and residue.  Use the gasket sealer to keep the gasket in place before you mount the cover back on.

When reinstalling the clutch cover, reinstall the bolts in the order that you have them laid out in. Finger tighten to start and then torque them to spec according to your manual.  Then, reinstall all remaining parts, if there are any that you had to remove to access the clutch cover.

Allow the gasket sealer to set up for the recommended time on the product label before filling the bike with oil.  Once it is setup, you can fill it back up and then start the engine.

You will most likely need to adjust the clutch cable because of the new plates.  Do this before you go for a ride.

And when you do go for a ride, you should notice that the clutch engages much more solidly and the slippage should be gone. click Here…

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