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post #1 of 5 Old 07-08-2018, 02:31 AM Thread Starter
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Quick question on clutch hub nut removal

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So I hear all the time about people loosening/tightening their clutch hub nuts by using that ebc tool, or putting a bar in the rear wheel, or whatever else. Is there any reason people don't tie a strap to the frame and wind the loose end around the hub? Seems like it should work just fine, but I'd like to know if something would get messed up by doing it this way since I've never heard of the method being used before. Thanks guys



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post #2 of 5 Old 07-08-2018, 09:54 AM
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Your scheme oughta work, if the clutch disk tabs (or the basket fingers, if you wrap around them) survive the consequent strap tightening from the applied torque.

I think special clutch-holder tools exist; a strap wrench might work. Regardless I firmly believe getting your hands on a 1/2" drive air or electric impact wrench would be most useful in removing the clutch hub nut.

Just curious; why remove the clutch hub nut? Disk maintenance/replacement is possible by removing clutch bolts only, IIRC.

Regardless, best of luck with your project.

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Strap wrench with-out a handle ought to work. I think the outer hub & fingers ought to be safe because it is free to rotate, but be careful.

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Your scheme oughta work, if the clutch disk tabs (or the basket fingers, if you wrap around them) survive the consequent strap tightening from the applied torque.

I think special clutch-holder tools exist; a strap wrench might work. Regardless I firmly believe getting your hands on a 1/2" drive air or electric impact wrench would be most useful in removing the clutch hub nut.
Yeah, the hub seems beefy enough that it wouldn't suffer from a little compression. No way in hell I'd expect the basket to survive a strap around the fingers, even with the disks in there.

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Just curious; why remove the clutch hub nut? Disk maintenance/replacement is possible by removing clutch bolts only, IIRC.

Regardless, best of luck with your project.
I've got a friend with an old engine he's parting out, I offered to help him with it in exchange for a few parts.

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Update: strap method worked perfectly. No stress put on the clutch basket fingers at all and the nut popped right off. Strap wrench wouldn't fit but the loose end of a ratchet strap does the trick as long as you get 1-2 winds around the hub
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