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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-04-2011, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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intermittent clunking/grinding when shifting back to 1st

Sometimes when I switch back to first there is a clunking and sometimes a grind, I first thought it may be a misadjusted clutch, but with the clutch all the way in there isn't even a hint of friction, in fact going up all the way to 5 is fine, and going down until you get to 1 is fine too, sometimes it shifts to 1 easily, but there is usually at least a clunk. Any suggestions? I was going to take it in tomorrow for an oil change and spline lube, maybe I should ask them to look at it? It's a local cycle mechanic that has been in town for many years and comes highly reccomended, so I'm not too worried about being ****ed around.
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Mine does the clunking too. Figured it was normal.

Make sure the mechanic has high moly grease to lube the splines. I'd ask to see it before he starts working on it.

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I get the clunk, but no grinding. Figured it was normal too.

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Mine does the clunking too. Figured it was normal.

Make sure the mechanic has high moly grease to lube the splines. I'd ask to see it before he starts working on it.
I just called the mechanic, he said he has to order the grease, and he told me to look in the owners manual to give him the exact grease type so he can order it.
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Most here use Honda Moly Paste. It is 60% Moly. You want something that has a high Moly content.

Search the forums for Moly Lube, or Spline Lube Grease, or Honda Moly. I know there is a posting somewhere with a couple of good choices.

But if you are lazy like me, just tell him Honda Moly Grease 60%. He should be able to get it based on that description.

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clunk going into 1st too. No grinding.
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The manual isn't specific. Honda Moly (60?) is the stuff to use.

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I brought my bike in nd the guy said he would have just used bearing grease for a driveshaft, so I decided to just go with the oil change for now. My bike is an 05 with only 3800 miles on it, but I wanted to do the shaft as a precaution because I read in the Verses that a lot of these bikes weren't lubed properly at the assembly plant. I will just get the grease myself, and I'm sure there are some forum members who live on long island and would like to make a couple extra bucks.
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Have them show you how to change the oil too while they're there! It's expensive to pay someone for such a simple procedure. If you can't locate a member near you, see if a mechanic will let you watch/learn when he does it.

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