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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-28-2014, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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Clutch slipping when cold

The past few times I have ridden I have noticed a little slipping on hard acceleration early in a ride. Once I ride 20 mins or so it seems to disappear. I'm assuming getting to full operating temp is what's causing it to stop. Is this just the normal signs of the clutch in the early stages of needing replacement? Bike has a little over 22K miles. Engine oil level is correct as well.

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Sounds like it just may need adjustment on the bottom end

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Thanks Mick, I will check that as soon as I have a chance. Another tidbit of info, I have only owned this bike about 6mths and its my first. I have always noticed it took very little movement of the lever to allow me to shiftand the friction zone is almost nonexistant. I have heard these things have a small friction zone so I never thought much of it and just dealt with it. Anyway, while paying more attention to it today I would say that in no more than about 1/2" movement of the lever the clutch seems to be completely released. Would these symptoms also be consistent with an out of adjustment cable?

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Thanks Mick, I will check that as soon as I have a chance. Another tidbit of info, I have only owned this bike about 6mths and its my first. I have always noticed it took very little movement of the lever to allow me to shiftand the friction zone is almost nonexistant. I have heard these things have a small friction zone so I never thought much of it and just dealt with it. Anyway, while paying more attention to it today I would say that in no more than about 1/2" movement of the lever the clutch seems to be completely released. Would these symptoms also be consistent with an out of adjustment cable?
The lower end is not a cable adjustment, it's the adjustment for the release rod. Follow the shop manual for proper adjustment. There's more info on it in the wKB too.....it's a good idea to check there for things you have questions about.....most everything is in there.

https://sites.google.com/site/vstar1...repairs/clutch

As far as cable adjustment, I've never had an issue with "friction zone" or whatever they call it on my 1100. Just adjust it on the top end for where you like the release point to be.

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Ok I'm digging up this old thread because I'm still having issues. I made the adjustment that mick suggested back last fall but never got to ride again until today. Well now she won't even get out of her own way. Just wondering if I should just replace the clutch or is there something else to check first. FWIW this thing didn't see 200 miles since 2008 until I bought it last April. Any advice is appreciated.
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since replacing the clutch is costly i will beg to ask when you turned the lower adjustment screw in how far did it turn before you felt resistance?more than a quarter turn.
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Honestly I'm not sure cause it was back in Oct.when I did it. I do seem to remember being unsure of when to stop the screw. I plan on pulling the cover and rechecking it cause I was wondering if I had caused more harm than good.

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when you turn that screw in just use your fingertips there is very light resistance.when i adjusted mine the screw only turned in 1/8th of a turn,then i backed it out 1/4turn.
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I know when I first got my bike. I did the oil change with 10w 30
pennsoil. After that when on the gas hard like to pass the clutch would slip a bit. I thought it was the clutch going out.

Come to find out these bikes do not like regular CAR oil. Friction modifier (energy conserving) in these oils are not made for wet clutch like a bike.

I installed a set of Barnett Clutch springs adjusted the clutch and changed the oil to 5 W 40 Rotella T6 and all has been good since.

Does not slip at all even under hard take off's...

Oil type can do that... Make it slip ...

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Come to find out these bikes do not like regular CAR oil. Friction modifier in these oils are not made for wet clutch like a bike.

I installed a set of Barnett Clutch springs adjusted the clutch and changed the oil to 5 W 40 Rotella T6 and all has been good since.

Does not slip at all even under hard take off's...

Oil type can do that... Make it slip ...
That is not true. Regular "CAR oil" works perfectly fine, you just need to stay away from anything with "Energy Conserving" on the label. Usually anything above 10W30 will be safe to use....just make sure it doesn't have the designation on the bottle. I've used it in every motorcycle I've ever had and never had a clutch issue.

Energy Conserving contains a small amount of moly which is not good for a wet clutch. That is what makes it energy conserving.

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