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Clutch Job

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I'm afraid it's about time to put in a new clutch on my '95 Interstate. I would like to have the parts on hand when I do the job. My question is, what would be the parts list for a normal/average clutch job?


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Hello there L8ndeb,


Why do you feel that your clutch needs to be replaced? What are the symptoms that you are having?


The clutches on these bikes are pretty awesome and tend to have a great life expectancy. What s the mileage?


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Is the clutch slipping like a car does with bad clutch ie: hard throttle uphill and it revs up without forward propulsion?
OR clutch lever doesnt engage until nearly touching the grip on handlebar?

Does it act like a clutch slave leak, losing fluid from master cyl and a few pumps of lever improves it temporarily?
Thats more common failure (easy rebuild) than friction plate wearout
UNLESS
Its been pulling a trailer 2 up thru the mountains and has more than 120-150kmiles
THEN I would easily believe friction wearout

It can also be internally bypassing, meaning the fluid will remain at full = but seal in master cyl doesnt build any pressure.

CK honda and EBC for kits, they sell the friction plates separate from the steel plates that go between them, if its not slipping bad the steel is probably good = not burnt.
Im sure many will say Honda only--as if we knew who actually makes Hondas clutch parts. I prefer EBC = well known for their friction products

I dont know Wing clutch parts prices, but my 86 Shadow which shares many of the same parts were well under $100 for the friction plates
Thats all I replaced and it went back to hooking up in response to throttle application

Dont forget new engine/trans oil to rid the system of any loose particulate matter.
The new clutch plates shed material slightly too, so keep an eye out for early oil change needs -- the first time
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What type of oil are you using? Put any type of additive in the oil? Outside of a few ounces of Seafoam 100 miles or so before oil change? Clutch fluid been changed, and bled recently? If this is not done at least every other year it might need clutch master cylinder rebuild, and slave cylinder also. Like mentioned earlier these are stout clutches. My 1500 just turned 203K, and clutch still locks up strong. And I pull a heavy trailer quite a bit. Change and bleed clutch fluid every year.
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Hi Guys and thanks for the replies. The symptoms are the clutch not engaging until it is close to the handlebar. The clutch fluid is starting to lower in the reservoir. I use Chevron Delo only, no additives. The previous owners had a camping tent trailer and used it often, lived in Denver. It has 80K on the meter. I have not changed and bled the clutch fluid. There are NO leaks. (I hate leaks!)
Any other comments with this additional information welcome.


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I'd say it's leaking into the motor at the slave. Fluid has to be going somewhere.
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Hi Dennis,


I'll check it out tonight. Any tell tale signs?

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There are NO leaks. (I hate leaks!)
The lower fluid level in the reservoir suggests otherwise.

The engagement point near the grip suggests worn lever components.

Nothing you've said suggests that the clutch needs replacing or repair.

Advise given here is free and comes with no warranty "Caveat emptor"

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The lower fluid level in the reservoir suggests otherwise.


Hi Ken, I do hate leaks, but nothing was appearing on the garage floor so I didn't think leak. I thought the fluid was going down due to wear on the clutch friction disks.

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The engagement point near the grip suggests worn lever components.

No, the lever is fine. No wobble of any sort.

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Nothing you've said suggests that the clutch needs replacing or repair.

I may have to renege on the engagement of the clutch statement. In actuality, the clutch, when you pull the handle, will disengage fine, but when releasing the handle, the clutch engages almost at the end at the handle stop.

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