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A buddy of mine keeps asking me why I don't convert my 800 to a dry clutch to get the "marbles in a can sound". Knowing nothing about motorcycle engines, the only response I can come up with is it would be cheaper and easier to just trade it in for a 1000-he disagrees. Can someone please confirm that it is not possible/reasonable/economical to convert the 800 to a dry clutch and why? Thanks and I'll share the Guiness when you prove me right!
 

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it's just a matter of having the parts. ASSuming that the transmission input shaft is the same, here's something of a run down of the parts you'd need from a dry clutch'd ducati:
- right side cover
- basket
- hub, complete
- push rod
- pressure plate, springs, cups
- all the fasteners that hold all this together

prolly a couple grand if bought new.

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Tell you buddy that if he'll provide the parts Chris listed above, you'll be happy to, but it is possible.
 
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Wouldn't you need something else, too?

Like something to prevent all those dry clutch parts from becoming wet clutch parts the instant the bike is started up?
 

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Now if I am not mistaken, a wet clutch bike does not use seperate oil for engine and transmission. This being said, it would be a little harder to make a wet clutch bike into a dry clutch by just changing some parts. If you get ride of the oil for the transmission, where is the oil that coats the cylinder wall going to come from? I agree that it would be cheaper to just by a bike with a dry clutch. Then again why in gods name would you want a clutch that sound broken ever time you shift or has the potential to get to hot and freeze up?
 

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Now if I am not mistaken, a wet clutch bike does not use seperate oil for engine and transmission.
 

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The only differance is the cover behind the clutch. On the output shaft of the transmission (yes this has to be changed also) there is an area for a large lip seal. This keeps the oil inside the cases, otherwise they use the same cases.
 

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Patience young one...the Guinness will flow when the time is right my precious.
 
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