1983 gl1100S clutch question.

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1983 gl1100S clutch question.

Post by aphexwinaka » Mon Dec 29, 2014 4:50 am

On my 83 it started with a small hole in my crankcase on the back end, very small oil leak fixed with JB weld on the side of the road, then the clutch would act like it was engaged at higher rpm's wouldn't get over 55 would just rev higher, after getting home and parking it got down and listened as it was running and can hear rattling inside the clutch housing and a second cut showed up both clearly cut from the inside outward, my question is do you guys think it's just chunks of friction plate rattling around and getting stuck causing this? Will a rebuild kit fix my ailment?? I miss my bike guys need advice before I go buying parts!!

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Re: 1983 gl1100S clutch question.

Post by Aussie81Interstate » Mon Dec 29, 2014 6:00 am

Sounds like you may have some major internal damage - any chance of a few photos - might help diagnose your problem, but if there are cracks/holes appearing in the clutch area and you have fixed them with JB Weld - I would be very concerned as to what has occurred, and would not want to ride it too far until you know what the issue is.

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Re: 1983 gl1100S clutch question.

Post by f1xrupr » Mon Dec 29, 2014 6:28 pm

I wouldn't ride it. .I'd pull it down.
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Re: 1983 gl1100S clutch question.

Post by redial » Tue Dec 30, 2014 2:25 am

This patching stuff up with JB Weld is good for repairing holes and cracks, but I would not think that it is very good for fixing rattles inside!
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Re: 1983 gl1100S clutch question.

Post by Oldbear » Tue Dec 30, 2014 11:23 am

Sounds like a tear down is needed. Please post some picture so we can give our arm-chair opinions.
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Re: 1983 gl1100S clutch question.

Post by k1w1t1m » Tue Dec 30, 2014 4:13 pm

Definitely a tear down is needed. It sounds like the clutch is self destructing. You will want to take the back cover off for 1) to see what is actually wrong and perform the necessary repairs and 2) to retrieve any broken bits that could fly around and damage other stuff and could also block the oil return.

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