clutch

Discussion in 'Frame Mounted Engines' started by steveadicks, Nov 11, 2006.

  1. steveadicks

    steveadicks Guest

    everything went together smoothly except for the clutch I just cant figure out how to get it to work.
     

  2. try1897

    try1897 Guest

    What motor do you have ? Tom in WV
     
  3. The clutch gave me a lot of trouble too, but it has to be tighter than you think it should be, take all the slack out of the cable, on vs off should only a matter of a half an inch...

    Also the cable that comes with the kit is pretty crappy/frays at the ends. Steal a standard brake cable from another bike if you can.
     
  4. steveadicks

    steveadicks Guest

    I pushed the clutch all the way forward and it didn't let the weel move. I'm not sure what to do at this point. I'm so close to completing it.
     
  5. steveadicks

    steveadicks Guest

    I figured it out, your right you have to push it really hard, it feels like i'm gonna break it, but the the clutch works. Maybe I need some WD40
     
  6. steveadicks

    steveadicks Guest

    i got it running! It runs great these things are amazing, and everyone that has seen it wants one. Thanks for all the help.
     
  7. your welcome, but I'm just passing the knowliedge along...grady had to tell me the same thing last month!
     
  8. try1897

    try1897 Guest

    Good for you . I remember when I first got mine running. What a thrill to go speeding along... Great!!! How's the clutch working? I hope its doing ok. Well report back on your adventures and keep on rollin......Tom in WV
     
  9. steveadicks

    steveadicks Guest

    honestly i think the spring is not really needed. The cluch is very hard to push in, but it works so im happy.
     
  10. yeah there were two springs on mine! I took one off.
     
  11. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    this is how i installed my cable & adjusted my clutch:

    install the lever where you want it, screw the cable-adjustment fitting all the way in. make sure the adjustment fitting on the engine is also all the way in. use both springs, the large one is for heat insulation of the cable housing where it contacts the engine, the other is to maintain proper tension on the cable, it's not really for pullback like some people might think.

    remove the brass fitting, thread the cable through the engine-end adjuster, the small spring, and the clutch actuater. pull the cable as tight as you can by hand, making sure the housing is properly seated at both ends. lightly press the clutch actuater to remove mechanical slack, then tighten the brass fittiing on the cable. now, you have a tight cable and mostly-tight housing with no slack, so let's adjust the clutch.

    pull the clutch lever and lock it. spin the real wheel, still all-the-way or slightly engaged? using the lever end adjuster, tighten the cable housing until it just starts to pull, stop there & lock the adjuster. spin the wheel, need more? i did. using the engine end adjuster, screw it out a bit at a time and keep checking for freewheeling. the instant you have no drag, don't go any further...stop & lock the adjuster. check the wheel once more for freewheeling, if it's still good, release the clutch lever. are you fully engaged? you should be, like it's been said, very little travel is needed. ok, pull and lock the clutch lever, rear wheel completely free again?

    you've just properly adjusted your clutch, good job.
     
  12. try1897

    try1897 Guest

    Hey Augidog that was a great explanation on how to adjust a clutch. You seem to have a real nack for explanation. Not kidding you should write a repair and maintance manual for these things. Alot of people seem to need one. Thanks Tom in WV
     
  13. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    hehe, thanks tom in wv..."zen & the art of motor'd-bike repair?" :wink:

    if i recall, that post was a 2-beer job, i'd be a drunk by the time i finished a manual 8)
     
  14. So anyone up for a ride to Bozeman?
     
  15. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    hi, mile high chop-ped.

    if you're serious about organizing a run, why not start a new topic and see where it goes? your idea might get lost here in the middle of another topic, i'll even give you a "sticky" if it looks like your event is gathering momentum 8)
     
  16. The Bozeman was just a shot at the Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance reference. As I recall Bozeman was where he was going in the book.
     
  17. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    omg!! :lol:

    now i remember that, MHC-P, hehe...

    well, wanna do it anyway? :wink:
     
  18. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    yaknow what? that sure was a pretty set of instructions for a new install, but i had to re-adjust the length last night, sheesh!

    anyhoo, i'll be telling THAT story as soon as i have more time...& beer :wink:
     
  19. Blaze

    Blaze Guest

    cable lube

    Cable lube or WD-40 or something is a must on these cheap clutch cables. I used cable lube on mine (had some laying around for my motorcycle), and it really changed the way the clutch felt and operated. It works much better now.
     
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