Clutch Disks buffers

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Clutch Disks buffers

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Post by steve_wood » Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:29 pm

So my clutch disks are warped. Believe it or not, I found a new set at the dealership.

But.....

They don't have the little buffers. See below for the new and the old side by side.

So do I need these buffers? The old one and the new one both have about the same amount of play in the clutch basket....
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Re: Clutch Disks buffers

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Post by Bigincher » Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:04 pm

With a properly adjusted clutch, I don't think you'll even know the difference.
At some point (I don't know when) the MoCo stopped used the 'buffer balls'. My shovelhead has that style steel disks, and as long as I keep the disks clean, there's never a problem.

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Re: Clutch Disks buffers

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Post by caschnd1 » Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:55 pm

I have always used the plate w/o the buffers on my current panhead. The float a bit more freely so you might here a little more chatter when you have the clutch disengaged.

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Re: Clutch Disks buffers

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Post by Robert Luland » Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:23 pm

The buffers are only there to get a hold on the chatter. I personly don't think they really worked for anything. Bob L

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Re: Clutch Disks buffers

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Post by Cotten » Mon Apr 02, 2012 12:52 am

I could definitely hear a dramatic difference,...
back when I had a left ear.

Give me those bizzare, byzantine, and impractical to reproduce little gems on every other one of the slots on my plates!
Un-finished plates were for noise-dampening aluminum primaries.

Nevermind, I probably wouldn't notice either way.

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Re: Clutch Disks buffers

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Post by Bosheff » Mon Apr 02, 2012 5:51 am

The "Factory" removed the buffers in ther early 80's. With aluminum primaries you don't hear them, but with tin primaries they rattle like hell but they still get the job done....bosheff

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Re: Clutch Disks buffers

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Post by jdpan » Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:16 pm

I read or heard something somewhere a long time ago that they only used the balls on the farthest outside position plate, weird, I'm just using one, the rest are without and my clutch works like a clutch with minimal noise in an enclosed tin primary.

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Re: Clutch Disks buffers

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Post by Cotten » Tue Apr 03, 2012 2:27 am

jdpan wrote:I read or heard something somewhere a long time ago that they only used the balls on the farthest outside position plate, weird, I'm just using one, the rest are without and my clutch works like a clutch with minimal noise in an enclosed tin primary.
Jdpan!

I never heard of such a thing.
But it might make too much sense.
I very much appreciate your perspective!

....Cotten

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