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Old 02-17-2008, 10:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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As the result of putting in a new clutch pack and basket (DesmoTimes.com), I now have a clutch holding tool. If anyone in the RDU area does a clutch change, this tool is a must.

BTW, you could make one from a few friction/steel plates, some steel stock, a few bolts/nuts and a welder. Since I lack the latter, I just bought one from DesmoTimes.

The new clutch is QUIET!!! My old basket and plates were worn to the point of embarrassment!! :-[

The new clutch is more quiet with the open clutch cover than the old one with the closed cover!
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Old 02-18-2008, 09:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey Dave,

Just curious...how many miles did you get out of your 1st clutch? (I assume this is the 1st time you've replaced it)
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Old 02-18-2008, 01:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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27600 miles, but it should have been replaced long before that! [laugh] The distance between a friction plate tine and the notch in the clutch basket was 4.5mm. Spec is 0.5mm!! [laugh]

Swapping in the new clutch was a snap.
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27600... *glances at odomoter on Molly* Maybe I should check on mine the next time I've got her down for an oil change, considering that's about what I've got on my M750 ~

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27600... *glances at odomoter on Molly* Maybe I should check on mine the next time I've got her down for an oil change, considering that's about what I've got on my M750 ~

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If you've got a wet clutch, you'll get more mileage from your clutch than I got from mine.
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Old 02-18-2008, 07:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Just to let you guys know, I have many tools including mig and tig welders, bandsaw, lathe/mill, small cnc stuff, among many other useful things.

They hardly get the use they deserve out of me, and I'd be happy to accommodate any of you for small projects and stuff as long as it fits my schedule. I only ask beer in return.

So if you guys need a welder to make a tool, I'm happy to help.. Not ripping on you pompetta for buying the correct tool, buy you could have saved a little money, and had a cool custom tool that you made yourself.
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Old 02-18-2008, 08:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Just to let you guys know, I have many tools including mig and tig welders, bandsaw, lathe/mill, small cnc stuff, among many other useful things.

They hardly get the use they deserve out of me, and I'd be happy to accommodate any of you for small projects and stuff as long as it fits my schedule. I only ask beer in return.

So if you guys need a welder to make a tool, I'm happy to help.. Not ripping on you pompetta for buying the correct tool, buy you could have saved a little money, and had a cool custom tool that you made yourself.
No problem. Next time, I'll drop you a line!!
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Old 02-19-2008, 10:53 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Pompetta doesn't make his own tools...

...he waits forever for me to do it for him. ;D

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Oh, and Dave, would you be willing to part with one of your old clutch plates?

I have a clutch waiting to go in my bike and want to weld up a tool before I take the old clutch out to minimize my downtime.


I mean, it would be a shame to be unable to go over to my mom's garage and listen to my clutch rattle for a couple of days.
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Old 02-19-2008, 11:05 PM   #10 (permalink)
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you think 1 plate is enough? I think it would easily get crooked and maybe bend. probably you need at least 3, with spacers in between to give a decent thickness.
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