Well, I drilled the clutch and found it to be a fairly easy job, Used a Dremel with a 1/16" bit chucked into it. I can't imagine trying to remove the hub nut without an impact wrench. It worked great, basically was able to hold the hub by hand with a rag and let the wrench do the work.
Friction plates and metal plates looked fine and are within spec.
5 hub springs were in spec as well as far as uncompressed length, but I decided to put new OE ones in anyway. Question: Does a spring lose it's "spring" if it sits compressed for a long time? The bike is a 98' and I'm wondering if the springs degrade over time from sitting compressed.
Replaced the hub nut with a new one and used the Motion Pro hub holder tool and a torque wrench to set it at 96 ft/lbs. Used some durable pieces of flat gasket material to cushion where the hub holding tool touches the hub splines, to prevent damaging them. Worked pretty slick!
At any rate, when I get the new springs and put new oil in, I will hopefully be ready to ride - without the clutch grabbing - we'll see!
Will report back when finished....