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If all goes well with the stage 1 and new buffeting control, I'm going to be looking to install a hydraulic clutch kit.
What are your experiences with these kits and use.
 

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had mine on for 2 years with no problems. this was the older kit
with im assuming shorter hose. ran it down the l side of the
frame.--irv
 

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I don't have any firsthand experience PaiN but I can relay some info about them from what others have said. They don't make the clutch pull any easier but it does eliminate the chance of a cable breaking and they don't need to be adjusted after the initial setup so there are some significant pluses to having one. I like the idea of maintenance free.
 

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How is the hydraulic clutch better then a properly working cable actuated clutch ? (Serious Question)
 

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but it does eliminate the chance of a cable breaking and they don't need to be adjusted after the initial setup so there are some significant pluses to having one. I like the idea of maintenance free.
Inst it a cable with barrel end at the transmission end ?
 

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How is the hydraulic clutch better then a properly working cable actuated clutch ? (Serious Question)
IMHO; it isn't but there is something to be said for no maintenance. A simple backup cable that's readily available will take care of the odd cable break.

Inst it a cable with barrel end at the transmission end ?
Not a cable; a thin strong rod if memory serves.
 

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my vision has a hydraulic clutch. Pulls the same as a cable. once a year pull lever and clean and lube clean and lube clutch barrel at clutch arm.
Bleed the master cylinder before you put it on the bike. Remember air will rise to the highest point.

Like always we pray it never leaves us on the side of the road
 

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I actually liked the feel of the cable action. I went with the hyd clutch after about 2k miles to simply avoid the minor maintenance of said cable and the resultant gremlin who typically rears its ugly head when you are on a scenic alternate route 320 miles from home. First use of the hyd clutch the pull felt mushy . . . I wasn't sure I liked it and wasn't sure it was functioning properly. To me, the pull is easier than the cable and is why I wasn't sure it was doing its job. 6k miles later all is well in the hyd clutch dept. Works for me. No regrets. Yrmv, sheets
 

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So you all feel the kits are worth $350? I have a heavy and creaky clutch pull.
 

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Every bolt-on doo-dad in the accessory catalogue is a couple hundred bucks, or more. Yes, I believe its worth it. One guys opinion.
 

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My '08 KP had a hydraulic clutch from the factory. The clutch lever had a small "wheel" numbered 1 to 5? Turning the wheel made a difference in pull.
If I didn't have some of the physical ailments that make me question how much longer I'll be riding, I'd put a hydraulic clutch on my XR.
 

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I have the hydro on my CC and love it. If you do decide to do the conversion..save yourself some aggravation and rent, borrow a small vacuum pump to assist the bleeding process. I struggled to bleed mine for 2 hrs and then borrowed a vacuum pump...bled in less than 5 mins.
 

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If all goes well with the stage 1 and new buffeting control, I'm going to be looking to install a hydraulic clutch kit.
What are your experiences with these kits and use.
Have had hydro clutch for 43,000 miles on my 11 CC. Changed fluid last winter. That's it. Very happy with setup.
 

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Just Installed it a couple of weeks ago.

I installed mine about a month ago. Just went on a 3 day trip and it worked great. I used a pump to bleed it, but still had a little trouble with air, found leaning the bike to the right and squeezing the clutch helped.
 

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I'm going to hold off on adding the hydraulic clutch. I still want one, especially after all that's been said about it, but I after a sheared bolt caused a simple muffler install to turn into a 4 hour ordeal, I decided to put away my tools and leave well enough alone. Maybe I'll ask for the kit for Christmas and install it next season.
 

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I put a hydraulic unit on my XR after breaking a cable. It felt about the same. It was a bitch to bleed initially. I went through 5or 6 cables on my Kinpin, so when I lost the one on th XR, I wasn't taking chances on Vic cables anymore. Although, Vic seems to have sorted out the earlier clutch cable problems.

When I bought my XC, I took the hydraulic unit off the XR and put it on a shelf. I I'll eventually install it on the XC. I just removed the whole unit, intact. No need to rebleed.

A little advice if you are adding one, bleed it befor installing it on the bike. That way you won't have the problem most of us do, the hose ends up with a swoop upward a little through the routing on the bike, making it real hard to pass the air back up through the hose.
 

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A little advice if you are adding one, bleed it befor installing it on the bike. That way you won't have the problem most of us do, the hose ends up with a swoop upward a little through the routing on the bike, making it real hard to pass the air back up through the hose.
That's a great idea...I'll keep it in mind for whenever I do this.
 

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I put a hydraulic unit on my XR after breaking a cable. It felt about the same. It was a bitch to bleed initially. I went through 5or 6 cables on my Kinpin, so when I lost the one on th XR, I wasn't taking chances on Vic cables anymore. Although, Vic seems to have sorted out the earlier clutch cable problems.

When I bought my XC, I took the hydraulic unit off the XR and put it on a shelf. I I'll eventually install it on the XC. I just removed the whole unit, intact. No need to rebleed.

A little advice if you are adding one, bleed it befor installing it on the bike. That way you won't have the problem most of us do, the hose ends up with a swoop upward a little through the routing on the bike, making it real hard to pass the air back up through the hose.
I've had this problem before. I went to an auto parts store and bought a vacuum pump for about $30 bucks. After about 2-3 cycles with the pump, it started to flow.
 
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