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Clutch adjustment question

I'm adjusting my clutch for the first time--has been done before by others---
and after adjustment, I'm getting chatter when riding and clutch is fully engaged.

Cable has 1/8" freeplay as recommended.

It's not clear to me when clutch adjustment screw is 'bottomed' out.
It reaches a point where there is resistance, but you can still turn screw and tighten against resistance.

I stopped where it seemed the resistance began, and then backed out 3/4 turn.

What did I do wrong?

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It sounds like you did it right. You should stop when you feel resistance. A few questions though.

Did you completely loosen the cable adjustment before adjusting the clutch?

Was the bike cold when you performed the adjustment (left over night to cool)?

What method did you use to refill the fluid and how much and what kind of fluid was used?


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It sounds like you did it right. You should stop when you feel resistance. A few questions though.

Did you completely loosen the cable adjustment before adjusting the clutch?
What is complete?
I had it loosened to where the lever would move to about 1" from grip with no resistance. Resistance began at that point.

Was the bike cold when you performed the adjustment (left over night to cool)?
Yes.

What method did you use to refill the fluid and how much and what kind of fluid was used?
There was no loss of fuid. Bike was upright.

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What is complete?

I would totally collapse the clutch adjustment on the clutch cable and try it again. Other than that sounds like you did it correct. May not be the problem but that is where I would start.

Not sure if you have seen the videos so here are a couple worth watching.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59oe54UWOWU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zl92wwLiNwE


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Collapse the cable all the way. Open derby cover and loosen the nut and allen screw. Hold the clutch lever lightly in while it is against the grip and adjust the allen screw IN until you feel a slight pressure on the clutch lever. Back the allen screw out and back in several times until you get the "feel". Back the allen screw OUT 1/2 turn. Tighten the nut down and adjust the cable till there is 1/16 to 1/8" slack where the cable enters the perch. Lock every thing down and go ride.

IT HAS TO BE DONE COLD

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Do the clutch adjustment by the workshop manual then it will be done correctly,there's no need to faff with the clutch lever.

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Do the clutch adjustment by the workshop manual then it will be done correctly,there's no need to faff with the clutch lever.
Have you done it like that? Try it before you mouth off

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Have you done it like that? Try it before you mouth off
Why would I want to do it like that. What's the advantage over the recognised method.

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Why would I want to do it like that. What's the advantage over the recognised method.
The advantage I found was that it gave me a more recognizable point at which the adjusting screw was 'bottoming' out. That's what gave me trouble the first time around.

Adjustment now done correctly and I'm back on the road.

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Have you done it like that? Try it before you mouth off
Thanks, Joe. that worked for me, having a more precise point to work from.

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