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I AM LOOKING TO FIND OUT WHERE I CAN PURCHASE THE LOCK NUT SOCKET WRENCH AND THE CLUTCH CENTER HOLDER TOOLS AT A REASONABLE PRICE. HERE IN HALIFAX NOVA SCOTIA IT COSTS APPROX. 100.00- 150.00 FOR IT.IS THERE SOME OTHER PLACE I MIGHT GET THESE TOOLS? MY CLUTCK WILL NOT DISENGAGE SO I WILL PROBALLY CHANGE THE CLUTCH PLATES ETC. ALSO A PRICE ON THE CLUTCH . HERE IT IS APP. 175.00 CDN I WOULD APPRECIATE ANY INFORMATION- BUDDYBOY
 

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You can make your own if you take your time. I bought a socket of the right size and cut notches in it using a dremel tool with a cutoff wheel in it. It worked great! I need to take a picture of it to show but it only took a few minutes to make.

- Jim in Santa Rosa, CA
 

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Funny enough but I just pulled this exact nut on my bud's '83 GL1100 this morning.

I too made a tool from a old socket and using a dremel to cut the four notches.

Getting the tool to fit the lock nut just right took me about 2hrs, let me pass the dimensions of the nut onto you so you can do it in much less time.

Center Lock nut to remove clutch center:
Outer diameter: 1.255"
Inner dia: 0.750"

Notch dims (there are 4 notches):
width: 0.241"
depth: 0.100"

Notches make a perfect "+"

Tips:
There may be a special tabbed washer behind your locknut (not shown in any manuals I have, including factory). One of these tabs is bent into a notch, to prevent nut from coming off. I had to sharpen a flat screw driver and remove the rear wheel to get a hammer on it in order to bend the tab up so the nut can be removed.

As far as locking the clutch goes in order to prevent rotation when removing nut, you don't need a special tool. Use the Haynes method:
1) After pulling lifter plate and springs, put two springs and the 2 long bolts back with some washers to take place of pressure plate. Tighten the bolts down, this will lock the clutch mechanisim together
2) put the bike in first gear (not mentioned in Haynes)
3) Remove the alternator inspection nut and put a 12mm socket and breaker bar on the exposed nut. This can be used to counter the rotation of engine when removing the clutch lock nut.

Worked like a charm for me.

Good luck.
 

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Can anyone provide a picture of the modified socket? I need to do my clutch. The 24 year old plates are starting to chatter.

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As far as locking the clutch goes in order to prevent rotation when removing nut, you don't need a special tool. Use the Haynes method:
1) After pulling lifter plate and springs, put two springs and the 2 long bolts back with some washers to take place of pressure plate. Tighten the bolts down, this will lock the clutch mechanisim together
2) put the bike in first gear (not mentioned in Haynes)
3) Remove the alternator inspection nut and put a 12mm socket and breaker bar on the exposed nut. This can be used to counter the rotation of engine when removing the clutch lock nut.

Worked like a charm for me.

THANKS TONS, SHAWZY!!! Worked like a very lucky charm for me also!!!
 

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Buddyboy,
Are you sure you need a new clutch? How much freeplay is in the lever? Is this a symptom that showed up after the bike sat for a long time?
 

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This was a long time ago, but.... I made a tool to remove the clutch nut. I bought a socket of the appropriate size and I cut notches in it with a dremel tool with a cutoff blade. It took a little while to make but it worked fine. I could try to figure out how to send you a picture of it if you're interested (assuming I can find it.)



I got the clutch plates and heavy duty springs from J.C. Whitney. That was the best price at the time. It has worked fine for me for quite a few miles now.



Hope that helps,



Jim
 

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boyett,

I hope he has the problem fixed by now. If you will look next to each poster's name, it shows the date/time that they posted.

In this instance, it was 3 years ago. That does not negate the value of your post, because the subject is still coming up every day, if not every week. Some one, some where, needs tools to do the job.

John
 

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I am right in the middle of this very project... and am stuck!
I pulled the clutch basket off a parts bike- absolutely no problems. on my own, that stinking spindle nut wont budge! I have found and bent all 7 of those little tabs, still nothing- I am afraid of breaking something- right now the engine is still in the frame and I would like to keep it that way... advice for a a newbie?
 
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