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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-21-2016, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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Wink Slips in 5th gear

40,000 miles on the 13 RGU and after the last service, she slips in 5th gear. wondering if it's time to replace the clutch plates. also looking at the AIM Variable pressure systems. Ideas from the peanut gallery?

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Before you start replacing everything I'd suggest adjusting the clutch and see what happens. Not hard to do and it's free if you are able to do it yourself

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Adjusting the clutch is easy. In addition to a new derby cover gasket you'll need an 11/16" offset wrench. It makes the job much easier. If you don't have one already you can swing by Home Depot and pick up a set for $25.

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The first time you open the lock nut it might be pretty tight from the factory. Put the bike in gear and put the front wheel up against a wall so it doesn't roll forward. If you can't get it up against something solid then have someone sit on it and apply both brakes. You can use a deep socket and breaker bar to open the nut but you'll need the box wrench to tighten it back up because you'll need to keep the Allen wrench on the adjuster while you lock it down

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I thought about that but since it's only slipping in 5th, wasn't too sure adjusting it would help. Might give it a try, though if the suggestions don't prove helpful. I guess a better question is, How much mileage should one expect to get on the factory clutch, accounting for average riding, average weight, and steady throttle hand? Hoe long did your OEM clutch last and how did it fail?

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I thought about that but since it's only slipping in 5th, wasn't too sure adjusting it would help. Might give it a try, though if the suggestions don't prove helpful. I guess a better question is, How much mileage should one expect to get on the factory clutch, accounting for average riding, average weight, and steady throttle hand? Hoe long did your OEM clutch last and how did it fail?
Before it slips anymore, buy you a screaming eagle diaphragm spring. It will solve your problem if you haven't glazed your plates. Worth a try and a cheap fix.

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Smarty is right, it won't get better, only start to wear down.
The so called "diagram places positive pressure on pack enabling
full power transfer, lack of is that slip and must be dealt with.

I've replaced a few, and metrics too........

Ok, from spanking nrw never have even adjusted the clutch and it's Never sliped
In our 03 flt (100k+), if it did I'd at least put another SE on top the basket, you should ck your frictions and clean your steals while your sitting on your staring at it, not many beer of a job...oh and I've been using the same gasket from go, never a leak

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I guess a better question is, How much mileage should one expect to get on the factory clutch, accounting for average riding, average weight, and steady throttle hand? Hoe long did your OEM clutch last and how did it fail?

I'm at 65,000 on my 2011.

I agree with the suggestion to open the derby and adjust it. If that fixes it, you saved some money to use on other things.








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I've been using the same gasket from go, never a leak
I've wondered about that. The original gasket looked fine when I first took it off. I've replaced it both times I've opened the primary but I've put seals and gaskets back on bikes with really sketchy service history. I think I'm going back to the rubber one next time and leaving it on a while. Even if it starts to weep a little it's pretty easy to find another and replace it.

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I've wondered about that. The original gasket looked fine when I first took it off. I've replaced it both times I've opened the primary but I've put seals and gaskets back on bikes with really sketchy service history. I think I'm going back to the rubber one next time and leaving it on a while. Even if it starts to weep a little it's pretty easy to find another and replace it.

I have 65,000 miles on my bike. I'm still using the original rubber "O" ring gasket. No leaks.
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Slipping in 5th

I had noticed the same thing after my last fluids change and clutch adjustment. I had noticed some minor slipping after having a good dyno done, but would just do a clutch adjustment and all seemed ok.

I just ordered the Screamin Eagle clutch spring, will install that when i get the chance and go from there. From what Ive read and gathered from others this should fix the slipping. From the looks of it, it can be accomplished through the derby cover with out removing the outer primary?
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