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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-08-2011, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up How-To Video: convert your cable clutch to hydraulic clutch

I'm not sure where to post this thread since it will work for most Vic bikes, not just my Jackpot, so for that I apologize in advance. Mods/Admins please move to the correct spot if need be.

I made this video to show you how to convert your Vic from cable to hydraulic clutch. It's a very straight forward install in terms of removing the old and installing the new. The instructions Victory provides with the conversion kit are pretty easy to follow except for trying to see the illustration on the cable routing too well. So I had to do what worked for me. Maybe this video will help someone who's wondering what all is involved and how simple the mod is to do. Anyone can do it.

IMPORTANT INFO: Anyone doing this conversion to make sure your slave cylinder rod is FULLY extended (rested position) prior to bleeding!! The only issue I ran into on doing the conversion was when it came time to bleed the system. I bled and bled and bled like a madman several times yet my clutch lever wasn't actuating the slave cylinder rod. Overnight I went and checked my bike hoping it was just some massive air bubble that needed to vent but then my lever was ROCK HARD and you could not pull it in but maybe 1/4 of the travel. So I knew something was messed up. Basically my actuator rod was fully seated therefore no fluid could push the rod any further thus not allowing the clutch to operate. Simple fix but easy to overlook and it DOES NOT mention anything of the sort in the instructions. It only needed to move out a little bit but that's all it takes to throw a wrench in the project.

Big thanks to Jack from Max Motorsports Victory dealership for coming to my house today, on his only off day mind you, to help diagnose what was cuasing me the issue!!

Clutch action is like smoooooth butter now. Recommend this mod to anyone! Ditch that old tech cable + emergency spare clutch cable BS. You'll love it!!


Victory part number for the kit 2876299-266 (the kit says for 08+ but as you can see in the vid, it will work on the older bikes too )

Here's the video. I shot it with my Canon 7D DSLR in 1080p then downconverted to 720p for youtube use. You will have to watch it on the YT site if you want to see it in HD. Very easy to see what to do though for the install in the vid.



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Very nice video. Thanks for documenting and sharing!

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Great video kenny..... I've been on the fence to get the kit since I know it's only a matter of time before my clutch cable snaps (2006 hammer + 22K miles)........

Can you post the part number for the kit + cost?

Thanks for the video again!!!

P.S. very nice and clear video... that cam you have is bad a$$....

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Well Done Kenny! I've bookmarked this for future reference. I often wondered how that worked down at the lever at the primary.

What about adjusting it? How is that done?

Btw; you're a natural at teaching.
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Thanks guys, glad y'all like the video!

I forgot to add the part number to my first post, so I've now added it. MSRP is $399 but you can get it considerably cheaper from other places. Use Google or you can PM me and I can give you some links to a few places to check into for getting the kit about $50+ less. My local dealer gave me 15% off for instance.

BBob, that's what is so great. There is no adjusting!! Maintenance for the hydraulic system is to of course flush the fluid maybe every 2 years, sooner if the fluid is discolored of course. The other maintenance is to disassemble and lube the lever every 2 years or so, which is easy to do.

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Nicely done....thanks for taking the time in putting this together.

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Nicely done....thanks for taking the time in putting this together.
Thanks man. I would of hit you up to get the kit but I saw your post after buying mine from my local dealer.

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Good Job. Now you never have to adjust the clutch again.
Does it pull easier now?
What size are the banjo bolts? The only reason I ask is cause Barnett has different length lines.
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Would love to know if it would work on a XC. Is there any info on the length of the brake line used? The XC's handlebars come quite a bit further out from the triple trees than other Vic's so I'm wondering if this would even work, thanks - nice tut!

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Good Job. Now you never have to adjust the clutch again.
Does it pull easier now?
What size are the banjo bolts? The only reason I ask is cause Barnett has different length lines.
Not sure on the size of the banjo bolts.

Clutch pull is smooth like butter!! Hard to compare it to my old cable setup as my lever wasn't hard to pull like others I've read. If I had to guess it feels easier to pull than my old setup. But I will say the engagement and just overall feel is much much smoother with the hyd clutch than with the cable. More linear feeling I guess you could say.

Hope that helps.

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