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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-14-2012, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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Clutch Bite Point

Is it normal for the bite point on the clutch to be quite close to the end of the lever?? It makes clutch control a little difficult at low speeds. Ive never experienced it slipping, however I have to change out of first quite quickly as it 'jumps' if I use the whole rev range in first... doesnt do that in any other gear??
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-16-2012, 09:02 AM
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First of all what kind of bike do you have? Second my bike is the same way. I just recently bled the clutch and it was better for about one ride and now it is back to the same. I just deal with it.

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Mines a 1995 88 - I wonder if a master cyclinder rebuild would help?
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First look at the inside of the master from the lever and check the boot to see if it is rotted out and has been letting grime into bore. If so then take it apart and clean it real good then either kit it or wet it with fresh fluid and reassemble. It may be good to do the same to the slave cyl. Then a real good bleed job to remove any and all air. This is common with the clutch and brake masters being in the wind.
make sure the holes inside of the master is clear and clean.

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Those clutches engage close to the end of travel by nature, but like cruiserdon said, check relief hole in master cylinder. If it is plugged, engagement point will move out even farther until at some point, the clutch will start to slip.
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thanks guys, ill get on it and see if it helps
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Just purchased a '93 1500 and having some of the same issues. The fluid was nasty so I cleaned it out and replace with nice new DOT5 but still experiencing some issues. This is my first rodeo with a hydraulic clutch so I am wondering if it is something that can be addressed without replacing clutch or springs.

Mine presents in the high RPM's of 1st gear and then also if I go to WOT from any other gear it revs and then catches and takes off. I can also smell the clutch after a 30 mile ride home (two rides), bike is now parked until it is repaired.

This is driving me CRAZY, I have a trip planned for the Trail of Tears in September that I really want to take this bike instead of my other one.
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I wouldn't use dot 5 the bike requires dot4 . Dot 5 can damage the system

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Just purchased a '93 1500 and having some of the same issues. The fluid was nasty so I cleaned it out and replace with nice new DOT5 but still experiencing some issues. This is my first rodeo with a hydraulic clutch so I am wondering if it is something that can be addressed without replacing clutch or springs.

Mine presents in the high RPM's of 1st gear and then also if I go to WOT from any other gear it revs and then catches and takes off. I can also smell the clutch after a 30 mile ride home (two rides), bike is now parked until it is repaired.

This is driving me CRAZY, I have a trip planned for the Trail of Tears in September that I really want to take this bike instead of my other one.
This one sounds like a worn out clutch pack or it had been assembled wrong at some point. If it had the wrong oil in it then it may be modifiers have modified your clutch out of service. Time to open it up and check it out. There is a possibility it is a hydraulic lock at master, but most likely not.

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I was leading to the clutch being out, hadn't thought about someone not using an oil designed for a wet clutch...figures.

Was already looking into replacing clutch. Anyone have any experience with carbon fiber platers? Are they worth the extra money?
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