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Old 07-23-2008, 06:04 PM   #1
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Alright, the last few thousand miles it feels like my bike is shifting "sloppy" (the best way I can word it). It is almost like my clutch is not as fresh as it used to be. It's an 06 with 16,000 miles on it. I always change my oil on time, a coworker and I have adjusted the cable a few times, but still nothing seems to help. I am wondering if this loose or sloppy feel could be from the clutch cable, the springs, or maybe even the clutch wearing out, even though it seems a little early on to have clutch issues. Any advice would be appreciated and would like to hear if some of you SV guys have had any similar issues.
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Search on svrider.com for "Clutch Mantra" penned by Andyauger.
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Old 07-23-2008, 07:56 PM   #3
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Define "sloppy".

Adjusting the cable does not adjust the clutch slave "throw". It's located on the countershaft cover and is the true adjustment of the clutch pull.

At 16k miles, your plates and steels may need to be replaced, and based on the type of riding you do, the basket could be dinged up enough to cause some "slop" too.

Clutch fibers/ steels, as well as a replacement basket, if all that is needed, is a cheap item for maintenance. Cheaper still is good oil and proper adjustment of the clutch system.

I'd start with a good oil change, proper clutch adjustment, and then go from there

Jason is right, SVRider.com is a great source too. There was a dude on there with the S/N "VFRacer-R" who was incredibly knowledgeable and I hear a really sharp dresser as well...
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There is an clutch adjustment (set screw) I have screwed it up myself. Take it to Motorcycles Unlimited and they should be able to set it in like 5 minutes.

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The "clutch mantra" guide will help you set the "linkage" or "throw" and not just the cable. If I get the chance tomorrow, I'll send you the link. Like the other said, cable is the last part of the adjustment not the first.
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Alright, the last few thousand miles it feels like my bike is shifting "sloppy" (the best way I can word it). It is almost like my clutch is not as fresh as it used to be. It's an 06 with 16,000 miles on it. I always change my oil on time, a coworker and I have adjusted the cable a few times, but still nothing seems to help. I am wondering if this loose or sloppy feel could be from the clutch cable, the springs, or maybe even the clutch wearing out, even though it seems a little early on to have clutch issues. Any advice would be appreciated and would like to hear if some of you SV guys have had any similar issues.
It probably just needs the clutch rod adjusted.
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