Anti-rattle clutch plates yes or no

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Anti-rattle clutch plates yes or no

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Post by thebeast » Tue Apr 28, 2015 2:13 am

49FL ( aka the beast), rocker clutch,steel plates with no noise buffers.
Other than the noise, is there any reason to run plates with the rattlers? Any smoother clutch action?
Any particular brand recommended other than HD?
Only positive thing is that you can hear the plates are indeed seperating. So can everyone else!
Thanks, James



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Re: Anti-rattle clutch plates yes or no

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Post by 58flh » Tue Apr 28, 2015 1:58 pm

The beast----I use the Anti-rattlers with the balls removed!/As for good discs /I always used OEM or Barnetts.However I took a chance on some -(ENERGY ONE Discs)--there kevlar lined & I never had a better working clutch in all these yrs.The price was $72 from JP-CYCLE 4yrs ago.I ride 2-up 70% of the time & I just got her up & going for about 3-weeks now & NOT A HINT of DISC WEAR!.They came with steel-plates to!/But my Rattlers are perfect So I used them.The instructions say to soak the discs in ATF for 15-min. & wipe dry & install.I let them soak overnight/Then I wiped them dry.As I said before My clutch never worked better!--It would kick-ass on a rocker set-up.--Respectfully---Richie

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Post by thebeast » Wed Apr 29, 2015 4:38 pm

58flh
Thanks for your advice on the Kevlar plates.
James

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Post by thebeast » Thu Apr 30, 2015 4:27 am

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Mine at one time had rattlers but where removed for some reason.All that is left are the holes where the rattlers attached. Are plates that come with rattlers or plates that come without rattlers the same dimension in the slots that run in the clutch hub? Just wondering if I got the set you mentioned would they be any quieter than what I have now. Maybe mine are too "loose" in the basket?
My clutch seems to be working fine otherwise. The only upgrade being different springs listed as "police".
Thanks again, James

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Post by 58flh » Thu Apr 30, 2015 12:43 pm

James---Yes the steels are the same size that ride in the channel.What I did was lightly file any sharp-90 degree corner on the plates & I drilled the Discs 1/64 larger on the holes!--This lets everything move & not get stuck to the point you cant get neautral at a stopped red light.----Richie

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Post by docmel » Fri May 01, 2015 3:13 pm

Im not big on fancy clutch plates for out 4 speeds, but as said earleer, I went kevlar plates one day on a clutch rebuild, and its the best thing outside of a 5 finger clutch hub that I have used on our setups. Bullet proof (yes a pun intended) and smooth

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Post by thebeast » Sat May 02, 2015 10:04 pm

Found a set in the J&P catalog 58flh recommended.
Thanks to docmel also.
James

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Re: Anti-rattle clutch plates yes or no

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Post by 108 » Tue May 05, 2015 3:10 am

Several years ago I removed the anti-rattle balls and springs from my steel plates on my '48FL rocker clutch. I finally realized the spring pressure was causing the plates to grip the lugs in the drum, preventing the plates and discs from separating immediately when the clutch was disengaged. I then squished the ball holders until the clearance matched the other drive lugs. The benefit was quicker spin-down for quiet shifts into first gear, and cleaner easier shifts on the road. The only time any rattle is noticeable / objectionable is while holding it gear at a long stop light... so just wait in neutral.

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Re: Anti-rattle clutch plates yes or no

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Post by thebeast » Tue May 05, 2015 9:10 pm

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That's the main reason I put up with the rattling, I know the plates ain't sticking. Just didn't know if the rocker clutch is smoother with or without the balls.
I'm not crazy about being in neutral at stop lights. Guess I'm paranoid about being clipped from behind by some innatentive boob! Done happened once years ago. Would rather be in gear and ready to make a move!
Thanks, James

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