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post #1 of 9 Old 06-27-2011, 02:34 AM Thread Starter
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Adjusting clutch friction zone

Neebie question as I haven't bought a Clymer manual yet.

I have a 2008 KLR with 4000kms on it.

I need instruction on adjusting clutch friction zone. I took up the slack in the clutch lever cable but the the friction zone increased to much for me on the lever.
I would like to have the friction zone about a 1/2" off the grip, give or take..

Which cover do I remove to adjust this?

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post #2 of 9 Old 06-27-2011, 02:56 AM
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Loosen the disc by the clutch and get it where you want it by twisting the cylinder then snug the disc down.

1/2" seems a little close to me...




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post #3 of 9 Old 06-27-2011, 03:41 AM
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Gday Flipper You can get levers that are not the same shape as the stock ones.The stock lever is not very good off road,it's the wrong shape to use and hold the bar with your left hand at the same time.
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Neebie question as I haven't bought a Clymer manual yet.

I have a 2008 KLR with 4000kms on it.

I need instruction on adjusting clutch friction zone. I took up the slack in the clutch lever cable but the the friction zone increased to much for me on the lever.
I would like to have the friction zone about a 1/2" off the grip, give or take..

Which cover do I remove to adjust this?

Thanks
Phil

1/2" isn't possible. You need 2-3 time that for complete dis-engagemnet. The slack in the cable controls the point the lever engages. The OEM clutch is stiff and the friction zone is at the intial lever pull. Just takes some getting used to. I have quite a bit of slack in the cable to bring the zone closer to the grip (yea the lever flops around).

Might want to look into a hydraulic clutch if the stock clutch gives you problems or a different lever might help.

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My clutch lever,2 fingers is all you need
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1/2" isn't possible. You need 2-3 time that for complete dis-engagemnet. The slack in the cable controls the point the lever engages. The OEM clutch is stiff and the friction zone is at the intial lever pull. Just takes some getting used to. I have quite a bit of slack in the cable to bring the zone closer to the grip (yea the lever flops around).

Might want to look into a hydraulic clutch if the stock clutch gives you problems or a different lever might help.

Yeah, I was trying to get the level from flopping around and thought there was more to it than that. I'll put it back to where it was when I got the bike and go riding, and stop overthinking it.

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post #7 of 9 Old 06-28-2011, 01:25 PM
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Read your owners' manual. It's chock full of good info.
I think it says that you should adjust, (at the lever), so you have 10-12mm of freeplay at the end of the clutch lever. It might be 8-12, can't really remember. Guess I'll go look it up later.
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The easiest way, I think, is to check the gap where the lever connects. Should be the width or a nickel give or take.




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I adjust mine with the disc bolt right by the clutch lever. I adjust all my bikes so I only need 2 fingers, I give my pinky and ring finger enough room so they don't get smashed.

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