Clutch Drag when using it as a bicycle

Discussion in 'Frame Mounted Engines' started by MEXICO SCHWINN, Jul 24, 2007.

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  1. Hello, has any one experienced a heavy drag from the clutch axale when using it as a bicycle? the clutch seems to be disengaging well when lever is on. Mine is very hard to pedal even at flat ground. Is this normal or is it my engine?


  2. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    other topics going about this very thing...i'm too busy (reading and responding to duplicate topics) to search for 'em, but they're there and informative.

    "it's always better to post in an existing thread than to start a new one."

    every repeat-question bumps the answer further down the list :???:
  3. There are no topics about this subject eventhough augidog insists, If some one had come accross this problem, please reply.
  4. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

  5. It is possible the clutch is dragging...To see if it is, hold the rear of the bike off the ground ( while the clutch lever is held open with the pin) and spin the rear wheel ( I am assuming the chain is not jambed up anywhere...if it is unjamb and start filing the teeth).....Notice how it spins or turns....NOW pull the clutch all the way in and spin the wheel again...Note how it spins or turns...if it gets better now you will need to tighten up the cable a bit (either through the adjusters on the clutch handle or by repositioning the brass keeper with the setscrew in it .If the tire did not spin any better with the clutch held in by the pin or pulling it in all the way manually , the clutch cable is far out of adjustment and you will have to immediately adjust it using the brass keeper with the little setscrew (the piece that attaches to the clutch cable) NOTE: the wheel will NOT spin as freely as it did before you installed the kit because of the added sprocket / chain and tensioner drag).
    Good luck. Hope this helps you.
  6. my problem is that i hear a continous sound while peddaling with he engine turned off (it sounds like the chain is continously touching some metal BUT IT ISN'T). How can i solve this problem please. plese help because i am getting suspicious now. by the way the engine and the bike are both new. just bought yesterday. 10x for the help.

    If possible you can send me a link to another part of the forum. i really appriciate your help.
  7. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    sure you're gonna hear it, but less when you have the proper tension...
  8. 10x man. i feel more confident now. i appriciate your help for all those replys to all those difficulties hehe. you must be seriously busy heh.
    10x for all your help!!!
  9. rcjunkie

    rcjunkie Guest

    Since you were rude in your last response, I will reply in like kind.
    These motored bikes aren't rocket science. If the clutch is dragging you need to:
    1. Either getter a longer clutch release arm from Dax.
    2. Adjust your clutch so it doesn't do this either at the following 3 locations:
    a. At lever assembly adjustment knob
    b. At engine adjustment knob where able first enters engine.
    C. at Clutch arm lever assembly.

    It is often said that there are no stupid questions. I don't subscribe to that philsophy. Please channel your sarcasm into physically adjusting/removing components on your bike and solving this minor annoyance yourself.

    BTW, please consider signing up for a shop class in your highschool. It would serve you well.
  10. to rcjunkie:
    i didn't intend to be rude in any way. sry if i was misunderstood. i really appriciate your help through this website. That's all i wanted to show!! again sry!
  11. highrider

    highrider Guest

    sound like it would be noisy to ride as a bike, no matter how much the clutch cable is adjusted, since the cassette is fixed and the chain moves. has anyone got theirs to be relatively quite when they peddle?
  12. it will never be so quiet. but the sound doesn't anoy me so much anymore. since you're not doing any damage to the sprocket or clutch the sound would'nt be a real problem.
  13. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    i got used to it quickly as a normal part of my new machine, that extra noise means i have an engine on my bicycle!!! good enuff for me :cool:
  14. Kncool

    Kncool Guest

    If the clutch drags ALOT when pedaling, that could mean that the clutch plate is screwed on too tightly, you can open up the gears cover on the non exhaust side, and see the weird screw that looks like a snow flake, adjust that with the sprocket that came with the kit.
  15. I use chain lube now after reading a thread around here about the rusting effects of WD40 and lube my chains around weekly. It makes noise but it pedals real easy as if there's no drag.
    That's what I love most about these kits. The looks you get when you release that clutch.
    I had to go to Motor Vehicle office today to get a MVR and was packed full of wanna be drivers about to get their first license. The crowd was unreal when I came out to unchain my beast. But then I just pedaled away whistling,then I made a u-turn back in the direction of the crowd by the parking lot and let go of that clutch and zoomed away.
    There's just no price for that.
    Don't worry,dude. You'll get it. When I first got my engine I was worried it was seized up cause I couldn't turn that little sprocket by hand when I pulled on the clutch rod. Then after installing,it all just went smoothly.
    Tighten up that clutch cable.