GL1000 1976 clutch issue


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Akifrend
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GL1000 1976 clutch issue

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Hi, this is my first post here, a lot read.
Due to pandemy I decided to restore a GL sit for about 8 years.
After some services (carburators, points, starter, wiring, water pump, brakes, etc) the engine started, but I get no clutch, rear wheels is always engaged to engine, doesn't matter the clutch lever is pressed or not.
There was an oil leak in the bottom of the clutch cover in the back of the bike, so I dismounted the cover and relaced broken gasket, adjusted the center bolt according to service manual: clockwise until resistance and counter 3/4 turn, then adjusted the center nut keeping rhe bolt in position, engaged clutch cable and adjusted until 5mm of free movement of handle, still no clutch when pressed.

Everything visible in the clutch inner parts look good in my opinion, but i did not removed disks nor press plate, only replaced gasket.

Is the cable not doing complete action on the central lever of the clutch? Stuck disks?

Any guide would be appreciated, thanks


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Re: GL1000 1976 clutch issue

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If the clutch lever feels like it has normal resistance and action, then probably stuck disks.

Here's how to unstick them: Put bike on center stand, and with engine idling shift into third gear, then rev up to 3000 RPM. Then while holding the clutch lever in give the throttle a good twist and step hard on the rear brake.

This will either stall the engine or unstick the clutch plates, it might take a few tries.
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Akifrend
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Re: GL1000 1976 clutch issue

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Thanks a lot for your suggestion, I will try next weekend and let You know the results, thanks.
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Re: GL1000 1976 clutch issue

Post by sfruechte »

You might try a little gentler approach first, try to rock the bike with the rear wheel on the ground with the clutch pulled in. If you try the 3000 rpm route, make sure your bike is solidly on the center stand and no vibration will roll it off.
Akifrend
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Re: GL1000 1976 clutch issue

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Thanks for your recommendations, I had dismounted rear wheel and brake and gas tank for cleaning. I did the clutch adjustment with the rear wheel out, a lot easier task.
When everything put together (with engine off), put the bike in first gear and pressed the clutch lever, again rear wheel only rotates about 30 or 40 degrees before being locked by gears, so I applied force with my hand trying to take the wheel over the stop and, with resistance, it did (felt like walking in jelly at your knees). So I think your approach is valid.
I dismounted radiator for water pump replacement (weep hole announcement), so when done I'll do both approaches. I'll keep you posted. Thanks a lot.
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Re: GL1000 1976 clutch issue

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It worked, thanks a lot !!! :D


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