Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Hendersonville, NC in summers and The Villages, FL in winters
Clutch Pull Is VERY Hard
I have a 2012 XCT that has about 40,000 miles. It has the original clutch and has never had clutch work done on it. I recently gummed up the stock clutch cable by putting a solvent into the cable. I replaced the stock cable with a Barnett cable.
For a couple of years I have been running an EZ clutch (clutch pull assist) that reduces the strength needed to pull in the clutch lever. For about the first year, this worked fine. For about the last year, I could not get the clutch to work properly with this EZ clutch. I adjusted the clutch and it was either too loose which would give me gears clattering together when I downshifted with the clutch lever pulled fully in or it would be too tight (i.e. not enough freeplay) and the clutch would slip - especially going up steep hills with turns (not a good place for the clutch to slip). I could also see the slip if I got into 4th or 5th gear at a slower speed of 30-40 mph and gave it a strong throttle twist. The tach would spin up without a commensurate increase in speed.
So I took the EZ clutch off and it is easy to adjust the clutch to get no slip and no gear clatter. However, the force needed to pull the clutch is very high. I guess I'm a woose. I went on a 180 mile ride today almost all of it twisty mountain roads with very frequent clutching and shifting and by the end, I could not even squeeze the clutch because my left hand was so fatigued. I took to using my fingers like a claw and pulling back on my entire are to shift. Obviously, this does not lend itself to proper quick shifting.
My wife and I have four 2012 XCT bikes and all four have the EX Clutch. Only on one of the bikes (mine in N. Carolina) am I unable to adjust the clutch with an EZ clutch installed. The other three bikes work great with the EZ clutch installed and the clutch lever pulls "like butter". So this background finally brings me to my question.
Would it be likely that replacing the clutch plates and steels would allow the clutch to work with the EZ clutch installed? I have all the plates, steels, seals, and gasket to do this but don't want to waste time and parts if this will not allow me to use the EZ clutch to reduce the strength required to pull the clutch lever.
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