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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 01-29-2019, 08:04 AM Thread Starter
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I have what I can only describe as slippage under heavy accel in upper gears. Could be happening in other gears but i don't notice it as much. I'll drop the clutch into say 4th and hammer down, the bike revs high then catches. Very inconvenient in a sitch where you need it. Any suggestions?

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Make sure there is some freeplay in your clutch lever. What oil are you using?
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Billy, I replaced the clutch in my '77 several years ago. The bike had less than 100,000 miles on it. It wasn't really that difficult. You have to be meticulously careful with removing and reinstalling the plate. They are easily cracked if you don't loosen and tighten incrementally.
I suppose I would do a clutch adjustment to ensure it is good. Maybe even drain the oil and look for some evidence of clutch material. Not sure what other troubleshooting steps would be necessary to rule out a failing clutch.

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I will adjust the clutch, but it doesn't engage/disengage until 1/4 handle. I use whatever the bike calls for as oil, think it's like 10w40. Not scared to replace the clutch, just would like to confirm it first.

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Oh, and never any clutch in the oil. Have changed it like 6 times since this has been going on. Bike gets 150 miles a week on it, every week, all year.

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All good suggestions, ,

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Check that your oil is friction modifier free. Just because it’s 10/40 or 15/40 doesn’t mean it’s good for a wet clutch. Mine slips with automotive oils as you describe. Rotella 15/40 works best for me. Someone here will tell you exactly which acronym you’re looking for. JASO
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All good suggestions, , ,but your "symptoms" sound pretty dang familiar.


How long has it been since your clutch fluid (DOT4) was changed?
Most likely never since it is a cable clutch.
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I will adjust the clutch, but it doesn't engage/disengage until 1/4 handle. I use whatever the bike calls for as oil, think it's like 10w40. Not scared to replace the clutch, just would like to confirm it first.
Is that 1/4 from the bar or 1/4 from all the way out? Like I said before, you have to have some free play in the cable.

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1/4 from all the way out. Driving me nuts. My commute has these badass uphill sweepers and I like to fly up them, but hit fourth and it def slips. 18 degrees and 60 mph on a naked wing is bracing.

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