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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-30-2019, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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Clutch replacement recommendations?

My clutch will need replacing soon (2018 RGS). Any recommendations? Screaming Eagle? Something else?
I'll probably do the friction zone modification that BigBlockBobby did as well.

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OK so why do you think it needs replacing? That has an impact on what you might want to put back in.

An 18 needing a clutch already would usually be from excessive miles, excessive power, or something like a lot of parking lot maneuvers.

If its a lot of time in the friction zone, then carbon plates would be beneficial.

If its got 80K miles on it, then just replace the wear parts as needed and install the thick dampener shim.

If its not up to holding the 130hp you're putting to it, then you'll be need something with more surface. More plates or perhaps a drop in new hub kit.

With that said, if its slipping and dragging, and generally being pissy, you should check the fluid level in the primary. Then check the release lift while the cover is off. You could have too much fluid or a bad slave cylinder.


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2018 how in the heck did you wear the clutch out that quick. And are there videos .


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OK so why do you think it needs replacing? That has an impact on what you might want to put back in.

An 18 needing a clutch already would usually be from excessive miles, excessive power, or something like a lot of parking lot maneuvers.

If its a lot of time in the friction zone, then carbon plates would be beneficial.

If its got 80K miles on it, then just replace the wear parts as needed and install the thick dampener shim.

If its not up to holding the 130hp you're putting to it, then you'll be need something with more surface. More plates or perhaps a drop in new hub kit.

With that said, if its slipping and dragging, and generally being pissy, you should check the fluid level in the primary. Then check the release lift while the cover is off. You could have too much fluid or a bad slave cylinder.
It's just starting to slip under maximum power. At least I *think* so. I'm always very careful about using the correct amount of primary oil, and I usually replace it every 5,000 miles (never more than 10,000). There are no leaks from the primary, so I don't think it's a fluid level issue.

I often put in a couple of hours on the weekends doing slow speed, friction zone maneuvers. That experience has helped my overall riding skills enormously, at the expense of clutch and rear brake wear. I'm perfectly okay with that.

So I will at least remove the primary cover and inspect the plates. But if I'm going to all that trouble, I will probably replace the clutch, and install the damper seat that moves the friction zone a little closer to the grip. And if I'm going to replace the clutch, I want to consider upgrade options. Currently, I haven't even gone to a stage 1 upgrade, so no high horsepower concerns.

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2018 how in the heck did you wear the clutch out that quick. And are there videos .
Well I'm not 100% sure I have. I will monitor it for a while until I'm convinced one way or another. No videos, because I haven't taken it apart yet.

I am doing a lot of slow speed, friction zone practice (in a big vacant parking lot).

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HD clutches are pretty durable. I'd double check the adjustment before I dive in to replace the clutch.
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Well I'm not 100% sure I have. I will monitor it for a while until I'm convinced one way or another. No videos, because I haven't taken it apart yet.

I am doing a lot of slow speed, friction zone practice (in a big vacant parking lot).
how many miles do you have on the bike? is it stock?

have you had the clutch actuator recall done?

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HD clutches are pretty durable. I'd double check the adjustment before I dive in to replace the clutch.
The clutch is hydraulic. No adjustment....
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how many miles do you have on the bike?
30,000 miles.

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is it stock?
Yup. Not even a stage 1 yet.

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have you had the clutch actuator recall done?
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I would pull the clutch plates and friction plates to see how they look. Check the stack height and see if anything is warped or burned.

You may just need a stock replacement set. "Upgraded" is not always better.


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