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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-31-2013, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
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Replace clutch plates

Someone told me that my clutch plates are worn out and I have to replace them. Driving my bike (1994) is not a problem, but when I throttle to a high rpm, it does not 'catch' immediatly, after a while it does.

Is it diffcult to replace the clutch plates? Can I do it myself? And what products do I need for this?
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You'll need new clutch plates, and I'd suggest getting heavy duty springs too, plus a new gasket for the clutch cover. Buy some blue loctite for the spring screws.
Before you do all this, I suggest adjusting your clutch cable for free play first to make sure that's not your problem.

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You'll need new clutch plates, and I'd suggest getting heavy duty springs too, plus a new gasket for the clutch cover. Buy some blue loctite for the spring screws.
Before you do all this, I suggest adjusting your clutch cable for free play first to make sure that's not your problem.
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Usually, unless the bikes been beatten on....you just need to replace the friction plates, not the steel....taks some 00 steel wool, and get the glaze off the steel ones....all plates go on the same, besides the last, thats one tooth off....but its really simple....I did it in a garage that was at 28 deg F....took about 15 mins, not counting the time to clean the steel and soak the new plates. I did that indoors overnight...



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Some advice I'll throw in there. You don't need to drain the oil if you do the job on the side stand--the manual might say you need to drain the oil, but you don't need to. If you've had some clutch chatter, drill that basket while you're in there.

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Some advice I'll throw in there. You don't need to drain the oil if you do the job on the side stand--the manual might say you need to drain the oil, but you don't need to. If you've had some clutch chatter, drill that basket while you're in there.
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btw: Drilling the Basket eliminates (if you have) clutch coffee grind noises (when Oil is cold). More info in the Verses.

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x100, that coffee grinding clutch, combined with operator error and other factors, tossed me and Cheri right down on the pavement. BAM...damn

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All good suggestions here, I'll also throw in to make sure to soak the new friction plates in fresh oil overnight.
Wolfies note to just sand the metal plates is a good one, be sure to clean them off well when done. (You don't need to soak the metal plates by the way)

And yeah, you don't need to drain the oil to do the job, but if your oil needs changing it does not hurt to put your new plates in new oil...

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Thanks for the great advice! I think I will do this job myself and save serious money (in the garage they charge me almost 400 dollars for it). Does someone know where to buy a complete set (friction plates, springs and a gasket)?

I don't think the clutch cable is the problem. I can shift normal, it only happens when I want to throtle up. Then the engine roars and after a view seconds I can feel I have complete 'grip' if you know what I mean...

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Thanks for the great advice! I think I will do this job myself and save serious money (in the garage they charge me almost 400 dollars for it). Does someone know where to buy a complete set (friction plates, springs and a gasket)?
Here you go, same price I paid 10 years ago:
http://www.powersportparts.net/EBC_S..._p/4130822.htm

You'll have to go to a Kawasaki dealer to get the gasket or get one from a online Kaw parts store. (No shipping charges if you go to a local dealer)

There's a few write ups on the job in the verses....


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