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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-01-2012, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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Clutch friction plates

When replacing the clutch friction plates is it necessary to replace the steel plates too. I see that they sell just the friction plates, should I also look for the steel plates or a kit with both? I have heard the steels don't wear but I'd hate to replace just the fiber plates and then have to go back and replace the steels lates. Of course money is always a factor too.
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When replacing the clutch friction plates is it necessary to replace the steel plates too. I see that they sell just the friction plates, should I also look for the steel plates or a kit with both? I have heard the steels don't wear but I'd hate to replace just the fiber plates and then have to go back and replace the steels lates. Of course money is always a factor too.
Usually you don't have to change the steel plates. Most of the problems are with the aluminum plates,which should be replaced.

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Some light sanding with medium sandpaper will remove any glazing that may have developed on the steel discs.

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Just check there is no bluing to the plates and they are straight
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Some light sanding with medium sandpaper will remove any glazing that may have developed on the steel discs.
Yes, it's been suggested to go over them with a sanding block and 220 grit paper. Clean them off really good, lay them one at a time on a sheet of glass to be sure they are flat before re-installing them.

Be sure to soak the friction plates in oil before assembly too.

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Thanks for the replies. Think I'll try just the friction plates. EBC brand from DK good plates or should I look at others?
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I have used EBC plates in my old Kawaski zzr1100 and they work fine no problems with them at all.
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EBC worked great for me. I only replaced the plates too. Very good upgrade, worth the time and $. No more coffee grinding when cold. Make sure to follow the sequence and directions of the plates/discs. Then enjoy smooth take offs....

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Thanks for the replies. Think I'll try just the friction plates. EBC brand from DK good plates or should I look at others?
You need to replace the springs too.... Get the "heavy duty" springs.

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You need to replace the springs too.... Get the "heavy duty" springs
Definately do this. When my clutch started slipping, I found all plates and clutches in spec, so I scuffed the steels with a coarse Scotch-Brite pad, installed 5? new springs, and it has been fine for 6K miles.

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