1976 gl 1000 clutch not catching


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Joshua428
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1976 gl 1000 clutch not catching

Postby Joshua428 » Fri May 18, 2012 9:29 pm



I was wondering if the clutch would not catch if there was no oil in the engine, the line for the clutch is good and looks like it has good tension, but when I put it in gear the clutch does not in-gauge.
p.s. the bike does not run currently I just bought it, and have a lot of work to do on it.



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Re: 1976 gl 1000 clutch not catching

Postby virgilmobile » Fri May 18, 2012 10:16 pm

No
the clutch should "catch"even with no oil in the engine.
It is termed a wet clutch because it designed to operate in oil for heat dissipation.
As soon as you stuff it in any gear and have 3/8" free play on the clutch lever it should lock the rear wheel to the transmission and engine.
It would be worth the time to investigate that before anything else is done.

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Re: 1976 gl 1000 clutch not catching

Postby Joshua428 » Fri May 18, 2012 10:36 pm

I see, thank you very much. what do you mean it should lock the rear wheel, don't you want it to move when you put it in gear and pull the clutch?

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Re: 1976 gl 1000 clutch not catching

Postby virgilmobile » Sat May 19, 2012 9:45 am

Lock...sorry about the context.
When the transmission is in any gear,the rear wheel is locked or mechanically coupled through the clutch,transmission to the engine.
So if you were to put it in 1st gear,it should be near impossible to hand turn the rear wheel.
You might be able to in 5th gear but it would be tough.
If you put the bike in 1st gear and can easily turn the rear wheel,you may have clutch problems.
You'll get the idea when you try.
If it spins really free,it could be the drive shaft coupler stripped.




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