Clutch adjustment

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by Scrounger, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. Scrounger

    Scrounger Active Member

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    Doing the 1000 mile service and want to adjust the clutch. The manual say 1/2 to 3/4 turn in after contact. If you go 1/2 turn does that make the engagement later in the release of the lever? Just wonder what is better.
     
  2. BUBBIE

    BUBBIE Well-Known Member

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    ***LATER in my thinking... 1/2 Turn on adjustment compared to 3/4 turn on clutch adjustment, makes the clutch lever pull clutch plates "farther apart"..... sooooo farther apart when clutch lever is used makes clutch "Later" on the grab . Understand???

    Sounds weird but think about it for a minute or two... Then you will agree

    ***I like to keep my adjustment at 1/2 turn, because it allows MORE clutch separation when handle is squeezed and is easier on clutch when sitting at a stoplight with clutch pulled and waiting while in gear......

    signed....BUBBIE:D
     
  3. Hoople

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    Isn't it OUT not IN after contact?
     
  4. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Yep...Hoop is correct...bottom line, less freeplay cold the better, just make sure that you have some when turning the bar lock to lock (usually looser opposite the clutch side).
     
  5. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    Correct, OUT (loose) after contact. :s
     
  6. biscuit

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    There's a video in the self help section called "Easy Clutch Adjustment Method".A good and accurate,if not quite 'orthodox' method of making your life easy.

    Works well.
     
  7. BUBBIE

    BUBBIE Well-Known Member

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    Yep, I let the in-out wording slip right by me....

    Thanks Hoop,,

    In to touch (cold) then OUT 1/2 turn on adjustment n lock nut.. The other way will slip the clutch apart and Not allow clutch discs to mate together...

    signed....BUBBIE:D
     
  8. dcfatboy

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    1/2 is standard and basically makes the lever act as an on/off switch, reducing the friction zone. 3/4 gives you more of a friction zone, for easier slow speed maneuvering. I have heard that the Police (who are professional riders) backout 1 turn. (I have mine backed out 7/8.)
     
  9. Butch

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  10. Scrounger

    Scrounger Active Member

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    I've looked at both procedures and the 'easy' way and the 'by the book' way both look equally easy. I guess the issue is with not being able to feel the resistance. The easy way sounds a bit confusing to me however.