Clutch Hard clutch

Discussion in 'Transmission / Drivetrain' started by losenup, May 26, 2008.

  1. losenup

    losenup Member

    My clutch is very hard (China 62 cc -kit). I almost cant pull the lever with my left hand.
    Is this normal or what?
    Any tip of how to get it to move smother?

  2. hellbilly

    hellbilly Guest

    First, remove the cover where the engine sprocket is and lube the end of the lever and the clutch pin with a dab of white lithium grease. Next, disconnect the cable from the locking lever on the handlebar and drip some oil down the cable. I used regular houshold oil on mine. Make sure there are no sharp bends in the cable. Keep working it and it will get easier. There are many posts related to this. Good luck!
  3. fetor56

    fetor56 Guest

  4. datz510

    datz510 Member

    I had the same problem. I ended up pulling the clutch cable out of the sleeve and lubing it up real good before putting it back together. Its quite easy to pull now.
  5. My clutch cable was frayed inside the jacket which made it very hard to pull. I replaced it, and the junk lever that came with the kit, lengthened the clutch arm on the engine with a piece of 3/8" copper, soldered it on to the factory piece, removed the arm and pivoted it inward for an easier and smoother pull. Dax sells the extended arm if you dont want to make your own.

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  6. eljefino

    eljefino Member

    First thing, actuate the lever at the motor end to see if that moves smoothly. If it doesn't, follow the "take it apart and grease it" advice. If it does move smoothly your problems are in your cable.

    My clutch cable was way too long so at first I rigged it with an extra loop-de-loop. Bad idea.

    Then from walmart I got a universal "bike tune up kit" that has two long and two short brake/derailleur cables for $4.50! Has steel cable and cut-to-length jacket. Rebuilt the clutch lever action with this stuff cut to an appropriate length, and an old "real" brake lever and it's 400% better. I suspect the walmart cables are vinyl or teflon lined for easy sliding, but the cheapo chinese ones are not. Also the steel cables had this waxy coating I would not try to duplicate with aftermarket lubes.
  7. losenup

    losenup Member

    I greased tge arm and it got a little bit better.
    Smart Idea lengthening the clutch arm, will do that!
    My first thought was to buy a bigger clutch handle, but they are quite expensive.
  8. Well if your using the handle that came with your kit they are going to be hard as they are junk. I went to bike shop and got left side lever for $8.00. Works and looks great...