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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-21-2012, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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how long these last ? i have a tad over 14,000 on this one i just switch to an over sized rear conti tire . i do a lot of 2 up rideng ( previous was a stock 404 tire) it seems to slip more so when it gets hot ( after 30 miles ) and only if i get on it ( above 5k rpms )

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maybe You need to readjust you cable, due to the clutch wearing a little. Im not an expert on this, but our 86 has 18,800 miles and its clutch feels just like my 2001 at 13,000 miles.

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I should shoot myself in the foot for bypassing the obvious!

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I rebuilt mine with a Kevlar kit at 6000 miles because it was slipping at high rpms under load. Two up riding here too...Went to pass a truck at 70-80 mph and it wasn't getting all the power to the wheel. Could actually hear it slipping.

New clutch and heavier springs cured it. Some folks might just be more "gentle" than me on the bike, but a new bike with a slipping clutch with those miles seemed off to me.

So, to answer your question, there's no telling how long your clutch will last. Most bikes I've owned I put in aftermarket clutches in at some point. To be fair, no problems yet with my FJR.... But I think they knew going in that a 145 hp motor required a stronger clutch.

"normally" your clutch should last at least 30,000 miles. But as they say, YMMV......

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i just thought i would get some more out of it , then again i litterally ride the bike non stop it is now transportation to me the car and the truck just sit most the time

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I've got 42,000 on my bike with the origional clutch still in it and it feels good. I'm suspecting I'll be up for one bu next season.
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There's a thread somewhere on these forums where I read that especially if a bike has sat for awhile, to expect a lil slippage, and that sometimes removing the glaze on the disks solves the problem. My bike sat for 5 years, and like Knife, getting some slippage at higher rpms under load. Mine only has 20k miles on it, and I cant afford new disks yet, so will try de-glazing first. Springs feel real stiff at the lever too, so I think theyre ok.



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My bike has about 40k on it.. Aside from needing an adjustment I don't feel any slipping at any speed.. But I guess I'll find out soon I want to change out my springs to cure the coffee grinder issue.. as I was shopping ebay I found a great deal on some new kawasaki friction plates tonight.. still need one more so make a set but haven't decided on the springs I want.

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Mostly depends how you ride it. I ride solo, and mostly on the highway, and got close to 70,000 out of it. Stop and go riding, carrying more weight, or having a bigger than stock tires (more rolling resistance and mass) will all shorten the life of a clutch, as well as how you use it. If you slip it a lot taking off, it will wear down faster. The stock clutch lasted longer for me than I thought it would, and since I replaced it with EBC discs, I doubt I will ever have to replace it again.

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My bike has about 40k on it.. Aside from needing an adjustment I don't feel any slipping at any speed.. But I guess I'll find out soon I want to change out my springs to cure the coffee grinder issue.. as I was shopping ebay I found a great deal on some new kawasaki friction plates tonight.. still need one more so make a set but haven't decided on the springs I want.
There was a drawing provided by Momma Kaw that detailed drilling holes to solve the coffee grinder issue. If you pull theclutch be sure to do this.
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