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Slipping clutch?

Postby philcymro » Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:17 pm

A few days ago went for a spin and when overtaking a car the bike revved but didn't accelerate for a second or two. Had another spin last night and the clutch seemed to slip each time I accelerated. The bike is only on 19000. Is there a way to check without stripping the clutch? Thanks Phil.
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Re: Slipping clutch?

Postby BigBob » Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:56 pm

Clutches on Bigs don`t give trouble. We`ve all had this happen to us at some time, and it`s the cable sticking as it`s so dry.
Take it off and lube it, which might take a couple of days as it`s hard to get it to work its way down.
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Re: Slipping clutch?

Postby jamminbmx » Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:44 am

+1 for the cable is the problem! I had exactly the same after my BIG spent the winter in my garden. I got away with spraying loads of WD40 at each end of the cable and leaving it overnight. But Bob is right...if its really sticky it will need to come off and get lubed properly. Good luck!! :D
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Re: Slipping clutch?

Postby BigBob » Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:02 am

If you have to buy a replacement cable do not bother with a pattern one as they are Chinese rubbish and will give you the same problem very quickly.
OE cables are expensive, but if you lube it prior to installation it will last for years and you won`t end up with a arm like Popeye.
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Re: Slipping clutch?

Postby philcymro » Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:50 pm

Thanks. One of the guys in work said the same so tomorrow i will have a look. I've never replaced a clutch on any vehicle before and though at only 19000 miles it's hopefully something simple :tup:
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Re: Slipping clutch?

Postby philcymro » Sun Jun 23, 2019 4:38 pm

Well there's no sticking with the cable. When I release it it goes straight back and the lever on the clutch case is all the way back too.
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Re: Slipping clutch?

Postby philcymro » Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:53 pm

Changed the oil and filter today and had a blast up a nearby hill and the clutch doesn't seem to be slipping When I pulled the old filter out i noticed a few hairline cracks in the housing. Is this normal or something to investigate further?
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Re: Slipping clutch?

Postby BigBob » Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:55 pm

a few hairline cracks in the housing

They all do that so don`t worry about it.
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Re: Slipping clutch?

Postby philcymro » Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:46 pm

Thanks Bob had a longer spin last wednesday to Porteynon for chips and on the way home clutch was slipping on every hill so have now ordered new plates and springs .
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Re: Slipping clutch?

Postby BigBob » Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:57 pm

It`s normally the metal plates rather than the fibre ones that wear the most.
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