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I have installed a new to me engine in my 81. The clutch slips when you are onto the throttle hard. I have a new set of springs sitting on the bench just wondering if I can swap them out without removing the engine again. I was looking at it and i think I should just have to undo the cover and swap out the springs one at a time should I not?? Will likely curse some trying to get my hand in there but would be easier then pulling engine again. I also have the rear tire off right now to have new one installed. Giving me more room to lay on the floor
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its pretty wide open if you pull the swing arm. you should take it apart and look it over. have you verified the cable is not hanging up?


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Absolutely you can change the springs real easy. You remove the clutch cover, then the center nut holding the pressure plate (watch that trick tabbed washer...), then remove the 6 bolts holding the pressure plate to the clutch basket. There are your 6 springs. 2 bolts are shouldered differently, so keep track of which holes they go in.

While you're there, it'd be wise to replace 30+ year old clutch discs too. Buy some EBC or Honda plates, don't buy the Chinese plates out in the market.

Just get you bike up in the air, and you can reach the clutch cover from the sides and underneath the bike. Don't need to remove anything in the rear for access.

About the only thing in the way is some hoses from up top.

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Hey Cooter,

Yes... you can do it on the bike without issue. You can't do the springs "one at a time" though.

Just be VERY careful... the "star plate" shown here is very fragile. Loosen up each bolt just a little in a staggered pattern just like you would a tire rim to prevent stressing that fragile aluminum. Just a little at a time. Those plates are getting rare so I hear. NOTE the location of the different colored bolts.

I didn't remove the tire or swing arm. I have pretty large hands too. It can be tricky but very doable. The bike was on the center stand IIRC.




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You will be left with this... Simply pluck and replace those springs... No need to go further if you only doing your springs.




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This was the difference in my clutch springs from 30 years of use, 30 years as far as I know...

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Good pictures Tim, thanks.
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Is that a wheel bearing in that picture of the clutch?

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I too think you should at least take a look at the plates. When my clutch started slipping, it wasa brokendamper plate.

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