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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-11-2017, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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'78 GL1000 clutch issue

The clutch won't engage so I took off the cable housing and pushed up on the clutch lever. Clutch still won't engage. I did notice about 1/8" of play (in and out not side to side) at the bolt insertion point. Is this normal? Any thoughts on clutch not engaging? Clutch basket and plates were replaced by previous owner this past year and I do have them.

Side note: I replaced the clutch lever as the one on the bike had stripped threads at the cable adjuster. When I unwrapped the electrical tape, the wire broke off. The wire is too short to reach the male plug now so it looks like I will be splicing.

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I have a feeling you mean the clutch won't disengage. loosen the cable completely, loosen the nut in the picture, turn the screw in (clockwise) until you feel resistance, back the screw out 3/4 turn, tighten the nut, adjust the cable.

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What he said. If the nut isn't tight enough, it can slip and be completely out of range to disengage. I had it happen. Nerve racking to tighten it enough for fear of breaking it. When mine went, I had to ride three miles through city and twenty-some lights. Got it rolling, shifted it in gear on the fly, slowed way down and crept up on every red light. Made it!
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What he said. If the nut isn't tight enough, it can slip and be completely out of range to disengage. I had it happen. Nerve racking to tighten it enough for fear of breaking it. When mine went, I had to ride three miles through city and twenty-some lights. Got it rolling, shifted it in gear on the fly, slowed way down and crept up on every red light. Made it!
The nut shouldn't really have to be that tight, all it does is keep the screw from turning.
My first motorcycle, when I was 14, I rode quite a while with a broken cable because I couldn't afford one. That's why I think to this day if you can't ride without a clutch, you can't ride.

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Well, it's going to get ugly. I did adjust and adjust and adjust the clutch but that didn't work. Then I cussed and did it some more. Guess I will be pulling it. I will be buying a lift in the next week or two. Then I will post an update. On another note, I just drained the oil and it smells like straight up gas. I won't be riding anytime soon.....

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