Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Hendersonville, NC in summers and The Villages, FL in winters
What Are Consequences for Improper Indexing of Clutch Arm?
I just changed my clutch and it works much better than before. However, when reinstalling the clutch pinion shaft and clutch arm, I was no able to follow the instructions in the service manual. The manual says to install the pinion shaft with the clutch arm 15 +/- 5 degrees left of the primary cover parting line. If it is more, then you are supposed to pull pinion shaft out slightly to disengage teeth, rotate slightly inboard, and push back into place nesting the teeth in the next available "slot".
I don't know why but when I install my pinion shaft, the clutch arm is more than 15 degrees and if I try to index it one notch inboard, it is less than 15 degrees. Below is a picture of the clutch arm in the greater than 15 degrees position. It has a clutch pull relief device on it but this does not change the overall angle.
I have adjusted the bracket holding the metal tube out of which the clutch cable protrudes so that the tube and cable are concentric. This should minimize side wear on the cable from rubbing on the lip of the metal tube. I have test ridden the bike and the clutch appears to operate correctly. Changing the clutch plates/steels has solved my problem of slipping.
My question is: Will having the clutch arm well outside of the specified 15 +/- 5 degrees position cause any problems?
Thanks for any help you can offer.
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