clutch adjustment

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clutch adjustment

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Post by badbird » Mon Apr 11, 2011 6:27 pm

ok guys the first of many questions

the clutch lever when pulled always makes that mousetrap thing go over centre
the only way to avoid it is to not pull all the way and tbh i never rode a bike set up like that befour
is this a new tallent i have to learn of or did i do something wrong, 60 duo glide

thanks

graham



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Re: clutch adjustment

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Post by UPSROD » Mon Apr 11, 2011 6:49 pm

badbird,
When it goes over center and stays, loosen the bottom nut
that secures the spring until it snaps back and it is just right. IF
the clutch and everything else is adjusted correctly....Rod

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Re: clutch adjustment

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Post by badbird » Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:13 pm

it is already adjusted so that its a wonder the bottom nut is holding on to the thread,
I tried tightening up the clutch springs but then its almost impossible to stop the thing dragging,
Im thinking of an eliminator kit but i diddnt realy want to make the bike any less standard than it is already
so any other ideas please?

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Re: clutch adjustment

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Post by RUBONE » Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:22 pm

Do not "tighten" the clutch springs, you are creating more problems. By tightening them you are working against the problem you are trying to solve. Most mousetraps work best with slightly less clutch spring pressure. Do you have a service manual? The mousetrap adjusting sequence is in there. And it is a sequence, not random adjustments here and there. As far as eliminators go, they were designed solely for cosmetic reasons. They will not make your clutch work better. In fact they generally require more effort at the lever. A well set up mousetrap is a two finger, easy to use clutch. What type of plates and springs do you have? Is the pushrod adjusted as laid out in the mousetrap instructions? Any of those things will screw things up.
Start at the beginning, do it in the proper order and you should have good results.
The adjusting sequence is in the knowledge base.
Here is a good method:
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Robbie

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