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Old 07-14-2011, 12:22 PM   #1
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stranded in Tyler, clutch went out

Been going through a rough spell and took a road trip on my ZZR to Tyler to try and clear my head. My clutch went out once I got here, and though I scraped up the cash for the clutch components and they'll be here tomorrow around noon, I don't have a clue how to install the parts or the money to get someone to do it for me. Does anybody know someone in Tyler that could help me out?
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What are the symptoms of the "clutch going out"?? May be something simple.

You can do the clutch with basic hand tools; just be careful of the gasket.
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What are the symptoms of the "clutch going out"?? May be something simple.

You can do the clutch with basic hand tools; just be careful of the gasket.
in gear, there is no "grab" at all. I couldn't get to move at all, no matter how high the rpms.
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Was it slipping on the way up, or did it suddenly just not work?
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ive been through that. clutches arent that tough. soak the new plates for a while, remove the old ones and put the new ones in. it CAN be done with the right hand tools...but a impact gun is highly recomended if you can get your hands on one.

there is an upside to all this...your clutch was probably slipping to some degree for a while now. riders dont always notice it because the slip can increase so slowly...but with a new clutch its going to grab like a boss...might feel like a whole new bike.
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ive been through that. clutches arent that tough. soak the new plates for a while, remove the old ones and put the new ones in. it CAN be done with the right hand tools...but a impact gun is highly recomended if you can get your hands on one.

there is an upside to all this...your clutch was probably slipping to some degree for a while now. riders dont always notice it because the slip can increase so slowly...but with a new clutch its going to grab like a boss...might feel like a whole new bike.
What? Why would you need an impact?
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ive been through that. clutches arent that tough. soak the new plates for a while, remove the old ones and put the new ones in. it CAN be done with the right hand tools...but a impact gun is highly recomended if you can get your hands on one.

there is an upside to all this...your clutch was probably slipping to some degree for a while now. riders dont always notice it because the slip can increase so slowly...but with a new clutch its going to grab like a boss...might feel like a whole new bike.


That's definitely a new one. I'm curious why?

Grimafce, I know you're in Tyler and want to come home and all but its really really important to soak the plates. I usually do it overnight at minimum.
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If it was my bike, I would drop the oil pan and clean the oil pickup after you do the clutch change, if the clutch is burnt up i bet that pickup is clogged, or partially clogged. If not cleaned it can starve the motor of oil and spin a rod bearing.

Good luck with it and clutches are a piece of cake, definetely can do it yourself on the side of the road if it came down to it, if you had the tools to do it, all you should need is basic hand tools, no impacts, etc
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That's definitely a new one. I'm curious why?

Grimafce, I know you're in Tyler and want to come home and all but its really really important to soak the plates. I usually do it overnight at minimum.
well it really depends on the bike. some service manuals tell you to use a special tool to keep the clutch from spinning so you can get main lock nuts off etc...i have done it with hand tools, but it is a pain in the . impact gun is easier to obtain than the clutch holder, and can get those nuts off quick without needing the hubs held in place.

and then putting them back on... you dont want your clutch coming apart at 160 mph because you thought "hand tight plus a little more" was "good enough" for your 15k+ rpm engine. obviously the right way is to go by the service manual torque specs and bust out the torque wrench...but not everyone has torque wrenches laying around either, and again, pain in the to do if your clutch requires a holder...so if you dont have the torque wrench zapping it with the impact gun is safer imo than doing it by hand.
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well it really depends on the bike. some service manuals tell you to use a special tool to keep the clutch from spinning so you can get main lock nuts off etc...i have done it with hand tools, but it is a pain in the . impact gun is easier to obtain than the clutch holder, and can get those nuts off quick without needing the hubs held in place.

and then putting them back on... you dont want your clutch coming apart at 160 mph because you thought "hand tight plus a little more" was "good enough" for your 15k+ rpm engine. obviously the right way is to go by the service manual torque specs and bust out the torque wrench...but not everyone has torque wrenches laying around either, and again, pain in the to do if your clutch requires a holder...so if you dont have the torque wrench zapping it with the impact gun is safer imo than doing it by hand.
I have never been a fan of "zapping" steel bolts into a clutch. Plus he is taken care of, a guy that used to work for me at a bike shop in Tyler is helping him out.
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What "lock" nuts are you referring to on a ZZR600 clutch? If you aren't familiar with the specific bike, tossing out general info can get someone in a heap of trouble..
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