Gl1000 Clutch Adjustment/Replacement


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landisr
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Gl1000 Clutch Adjustment/Replacement

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Hi. Yes, I'm back. My '76 LTD apparently got jealous of all the attention my 94A was getting earlier this week while diagnosing a lack of fuel pressure (see my other post titled "94A No Fuel" in the GL1500 section).

Any way, I am trying to adjust the clutch on the 1000. I have run in the adjuster at the lever all the way, and am attempting to loosen the lock nut on the lower adjuster, but not having much luck. It almost looks like the adjuster and lock nuts are actually one piece (see the attached pic). Probably not true, but.. I have given up for the day due to the heat. I will start up again in the morning when it's cooler and I am hopefully refreshed. I will also put the bike up on the lift rather than futzing around on the center stand. I have also removed the two screws holding the lifter cover in place in order to check the lifter adjustment as well, but the cover seems pretty stuck. I did discover a 'rough spot' on the outer cable housing near the radiator cap, so I may go ahead and order a new cable.

Two questions:

1) Does anyone know whether the cable should be routed 'outboard' from the radiator cap or 'inboard'? The Honda Manual doesn't specify. And,

2) Can anyone direct me towards a source or vendor that sells an exact replacement? I have always been happy with Motion Pro, but I am concerned about a couple videos that show someone having to modify a new one because it is the wrong length, or at least the outside housing at the bottom end needs to be cut back or something. I would obviously prefer not to have to mess with that.

Again, many thanks in advance, and I hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th.

Ron in AZ
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Re: Gl1000 Clutch Adjustment/Replacement

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The clutch cable goes inboard. I have used several brands including Motion Pro and they fit. Be sure and specify the LTD model because they are longer than the standard models.
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Re: Gl1000 Clutch Adjustment/Replacement

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cfairweather wrote: Sat Jul 03, 2021 3:04 pm The clutch cable goes inboard. I have used several brands including Motion Pro and they fit. Be sure and specify the LTD model because they are longer than the standard models.
Thank you for both tips! I believe I will stick with Motion Pro.
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