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jeffwest5599
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clutch Creeping

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Post by jeffwest5599 » Mon Dec 13, 2010 3:50 pm

Having issues with my clutch. When I engage the clutch, it squeals. It is also very difficult to find neutral. Most notably, in first gear when iI pull in the clutch and put it in to first gear, it bangs and then creeps on me. I have the clutch adjusted correctly and was wondering what could be the issue.l It has an open primary with a 3 finger hub. I have the clutch tension springs with about 3 threads or so showing. It shifts nicely while riding. Any ideas would be great.



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Re: clutch Creeping

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Post by Ohio-Rider » Mon Dec 13, 2010 4:42 pm

Hi Jeff, With an open primary you may have a few clutch plates sticking together cuasing the creep when you put it in first. I'd try cleaning them first and be sure to true up the pressure plate from any wobble when reassembling.

A Clutch Tamer helped alot on my bike for finding neutral while at a dead stop. Some people call them a waste of money but I swear by mine.
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Re: clutch Creeping

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Post by beets » Mon Dec 13, 2010 6:09 pm

Are you running a belt? Too tight will cause the clutch to drag.

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Re: clutch Creeping

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Post by john HD » Mon Dec 13, 2010 11:57 pm

beets wrote:Are you running a belt? Too tight will cause the clutch to drag.
i agree!

looking at the bearings in the hub itself might be a good idea too.

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Re: clutch Creeping

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Post by jeffwest5599 » Tue Dec 14, 2010 3:13 pm

I replaced the throwout bearing and everything seems ok as far as belt and so forth. I pulled in the clutch and spun the plate for the clutch. It will spin freely with some pressure and I hear a rattle when I spin it, like plates. Should I tighten the compression springs a 1/2 turn at a time and see if the creep goes away and loosen them or is that not somehting I should work with.

Another guy told me to ditch the nine plates I have and remove one friction and one steel plate going to 7 total plates. He said his creep went away with that. Any thoughts on that process.

Jeff

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Re: clutch Creeping

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Post by doc308 » Sun Dec 19, 2010 7:18 pm

Usually, if the clutch is grabbing like that, the springs do need to be tightened. Your idea of tightening a little at a time and testing is a good one.

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Re: clutch Creeping

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Post by Sir_Rat » Tue Dec 28, 2010 12:56 pm

Jeff ......assuming its not ur belt alignment/tension, the following could all be causing ur problems. Warped steels, loose or worn clutch hub studs, dirty/sticky friction plates, loose/worn clutch shell dogs and rivets and dry rollers...all or any combination of these can cause ur problems. Pull ur clutch basket and start working ur way back. I would only removes disks as a very last resort. If you stay with the stock set up I would definetly run the clutch tamer and don't waste ur money on the 5 finger hub. If you got the money and want to end ur clutch problems for good try the Barnett Scorpion ($500), I put one on my Frankenstein (Shovel). Made it shift like butter, no clunk, no creep, and find any gear while sitting still. Bike felt faster too!! BDL offers a similar setup at about $350, I have one for my UL but haven't tried it yet. Only my opinion here....good luck

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