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post #1 of 7 Old 10-01-2016, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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My first post here. Been riding KLR's for a good while now. Got t-boned on my 2001. Bike is mostly fine, but the clutch cable got stretched for some reason. I tried to put on a new one, and I couldn't get it to engage properly. There was either too much play, or it was too tight, with a strange rattling sound coming when trying to engage it when too tight. My question is: What should the clutch arm's action be when not connected to the cable and in general? It's basically moving freely, without any tension either way. Is this normal? It's all-around loose and free in movement.



It's the little black arm attached to the cable there next to the oil cap. Right now mine can be loosely flicked any direction with no tension. Is this normal? Thanks for your insight in advance.
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-01-2016, 12:50 PM
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Watch this video from 8:20 to 8:40.

If your clutch arm does anything differently than what is shown something is is wrong.

Describe how your arm works acts differently from what you see in the video.

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Thanks for the response , Tom. I don't know how the arm/rod are doing, because as of now, I just had a private mechanic pick it up on a trailer and take it to his shop. I didn't even know that the rod/arm pulled out like this until looking it up, as I was kind of curious as to why he didn't want to try adjusting the cable/arm himself on-site.

I called him on it, and he said he didn't know that one could pull the arm/rod out like this. Which is kind of unsettling for me, because he either didn't truly know or he simply said he didn't know. I called him up and told him about it. He looked down inside with a flashlight and said he saw something broken over the phone (forgot what he said it was). But this is kind of discomforting for me, because either not knowing or saying he did not know, I feel that it's either just unfamiliarity with these bikes or not being 100% truthful. Either way, I'm not so sure about who I've picked atm. As of now, it's out of my hands. It's at his garage, and he's left for the weekend.

So, if one pulls out the arm/rod, does it reseat to connect to the assembly/pin/whathaveyou and then function correctly again? Did I simply not do something basic to get my clutch functioning correctly again? Sorry to put this burden on you all, but what should I do?
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BBut at any rate, on-site, he quoted me several parts and a couple hours of labor. But now I'm worried that the simplest fix, possibly an adjustment done correctly, might have been in order on my part... What do you all think? Thanks again, Tom, and any others who can shoot some wisdom my unknowing direction.
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If it doesn't set down into the clutch cover and then pull forward and stop sharply as shown in the video, then the end of the clutch arm, or the pin it connects to, or the bottom bore the arm rides in, or all three, may be damaged. That could be the cause of your problem trying to adjust the clutch after the accident.

Clutch cables don't stretch severely based on one accident. In fact, if they have been in use for some time, they don't stretch at all. That's not to say that there wasn't something in the accident that caused the clutch to be severely actuated, but rather than stretching the cable it may have damaged the actuating mechanism.

I wouldn't worry overly much about the mechanic at this point. A wet clutch is a wet clutch and they are all quite similar. His not being intimately familiar with how the KLR's works is not a sign that you should worry. If he can't sort out what the problem is in a short time, that would be a sign to worry.

Of course, this is all conjecture on my part based upon your description of what happened and my understanding of how things work. Your mechanic may find something quite different.

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Thanks for the video, Tom.
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and need to watch more videos now that I stay well
under 10G monthly after blocking the kid's I-thingies.


Those automatic connect and auto updates ran us to 20-30G per month.
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Appreciate this insight, Tom! I'll let you know how it all goes. Dying to get back on the road. It's been three months now "in the box" of my four-banger
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