clutch conversion


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glasshead
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clutch conversion

Postby glasshead » Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:31 pm



Has anyone heard of converting a clutch on 1100 to hydraulic? Also, would just replacing the clutch springs make a difference in the pull needed to engage? (I am thinking that you could replace the springs without taking the clutch plates out.)



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Re: clutch conversion

Postby goldminerusa » Fri Jul 05, 2013 11:16 am

There`s a member of the "NakedGoldwings.com" that sells a converted 1200 clutch cover for use on an 1100. As to your question about new springs, i would think that new springs would increase the weight of the clutch lever and the clamping force on the plates. Hope this helps.

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Re: clutch conversion

Postby glasshead » Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:09 pm

I checked that site out, thanx. Just thought that maybe PO could have put in stronger springs. Can you tell by looking at them side by side?

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Re: clutch conversion

Postby goldminerusa » Mon Jul 08, 2013 6:35 pm

Better to remove them one at a time and check the height(length) against the service manual specs.

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Re: clutch conversion

Postby Old Fogey » Sat Aug 03, 2013 7:47 pm

goldminerusa wrote:Better to remove them one at a time and check the height(length) against the service manual specs.


That might not tell you. The material diameter of the spring may also be different on aftermarket springs and the heat treatment of them could be different.
Unless you are constantly 'getting it on', standard springs will do the job.
My 1100 clutch was actually lighter than my 1000 with the hydro conversion. A quality new cable, lubrication and proper routing is the answer.
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Re: clutch conversion

Postby glasshead » Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:09 pm

I re routed the cable so that it goes across my gauges, but not particularly in my way, and beside the false tank and down. It is still stiff, but I can live with it. The new springs I got from Honda were about a quarter inch taller. They did not change the tension, but the bike runs better. I have better acceleration. I am keeping an eye out on ebay for an 84 clutch cover, but so far I have not seen one at any price. I can wait for one at the right price now.
Thanx for the help.

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Re: clutch conversion

Postby David-Mantle » Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:23 pm

I converted my 1983 1100AD to hydraulic clutch by using 1984 1200 parts. You need the 84 rear engine cover because it is a direct fit - other years have different bolt patterns. Quite a simple conversion really . The Naked Goldwing Club has a couple of good links
http://www.ngwclub.com/forum/viewtopic. ... 93#p136393 http://www.ngwclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=22244
that shows it and this is where I found the information to do my conversion. I used the large rear engine case instead of just changing the clutch cover because I happened to take my engine out for other work at the same time. It is possible just to change clutch cover with engine in frame but involves removing swing arm and petrol tank to gain access.

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