Clutch Question


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rockguitar1969
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Clutch Question

Postby rockguitar1969 » Fri May 20, 2011 5:38 pm



Ok started working on my new 83 Interstate. Yeah I know funny New LOL. Ok I am going to have to replace the clutch. Have confirmed it to be bad. A friend mentioned that he thought there was a DRY after market clutch retro fit for the goldwing that delivered more horsepower to the wheel. Does this mythical part exist. Does it really provide more power to the rear wheel. Is it hard to install. Has anyone installed one.


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Re: Clutch Question

Postby RoadRogue » Sat May 21, 2011 12:15 am

The clutch on these bikes runs in the engine oil, even if the "dry clutch" exists it will still be running in oil and therefore is a wet clutch. If it exists , aclutch wont make more horsepower, it can only transfer it to the rear wheel.HP is made by the engine,If you have not added Nitrous /Turbo or blower you likely wont need a stronger clutch.
What is your clutch doing now that makes you say you have to replace it? Cable has the proper slack in it?
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Re: Clutch Question

Postby virgilmobile » Sat May 21, 2011 12:20 am

I have no idea how you could keep the clutch dry sense it lives in the engine cavity.The clutch is like a on/off switch.It can't increase hp, only transfer inny to outy.

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Re: Clutch Question

Postby rockguitar1969 » Sat May 21, 2011 12:26 am

The dry clutch I heard about comes with a plug to block the engine oil from getting to the clutch. And the way it was explained to me that since there was no oil in the dry clutch there was less drag on the clutch and therefore delivered more power to the wheel. As for what my old clutch is doing it is in pieces.

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Re: Clutch Question

Postby lbman » Sat May 21, 2011 8:41 am

I personally would not do this Dry clutch concept.
BMW uses a dry clutch. I had a R90/7 for tens years. the one thing I didn't like about that bike was the DRY Clutch.
It was a jerky hard to launch set up.. there were a couple of aftermarket fixes to help this which were relatively in expensive
but a hassle to install. I would never win a slow race with a bmw. it seems it was Very Difficult to feather clutch.
I would stick to factory clutch! rebuild it if necessary and you would not have to mess with it for many many miles
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Re: Clutch Question

Postby rockguitar1969 » Sat May 21, 2011 6:54 pm

Thank you for the input. I think I will stick with the stock clutch.

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Re: Clutch Question

Postby Old Fogey » Sun May 22, 2011 12:24 pm

I've never heard of this as a conversion, but for anyone thinking about it, DON'T!

As well as the clutch getting oiled, the oil in the clutch cavity also lubricates the oil pump chain, starter chain, clutch scavenge oil pump, starter clutch and sprocket, perhaps the bearings on the rotor shaft.

Not even slightly a Good Idea! :roll:
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Re: Clutch Question

Postby rockguitar1969 » Sun May 22, 2011 12:30 pm

Old Fogey wrote:I've never heard of this as a conversion, but for anyone thinking about it, DON'T!

As well as the clutch getting oiled, the oil in the clutch cavity also lubricates the oil pump chain, starter chain, clutch scavenge oil pump, starter clutch and sprocket, perhaps the bearings on the rotor shaft.

Not even slightly a Good Idea! :roll:

Good info. I didn't think it was a good idea. When the guy told me about it, I had a really bad feeling about it. I have ordered the OEM rebuild kit from Bike bandit. so it should be here soon.

Deacon




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