Tech Tips: Clutch Plate Replacement 8

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Transcribed Version:

"Hey, this is Michael Lindsay from Vital MX. We're in Chaparral Motorsports today and we're gonna show you how to check your clutch to see if it needs to be serviced, and if so, we're gonna show you how to pop a new one in. Just because you're not a heavy clutch abuser doesn't mean that your clutch plates don't need replacing. So we're gonna flop this KX450 on its side, get in there and show you if you need to replace yours. Tools you're typically gonna need for this project are eight and ten-millimeter T-handle or sockets. You're also gonna wanna torque wrench to tighten back down the clutch springs. Screwdriver, I'm gonna show you how to help pull down the brake pedal with. And you're gonna want a clutch plate removal tool or some O-ring picks to get in there and get the clutch plates out. So first things first, gotta have the bike on its side. If you don't, you're gonna pull the clutch cover and you're gonna make a complete mess of things unless of course you've already drained the oil out of the engine, then you can do this while the bike is on the stand. So before we get into taking the cover off, we need to get the brake pedal out of the way. Instead of actually removing the brake pedal, we're just gonna go over here and compress the rear master cylinder, freeing up the pads, so you can then take the brake pedal and compress it freely. Then you're gonna take a screwdriver. In this case, it's got a little bit of a shoulder on that'll hold it down and outta your way so you can now access the bolts that were normally blocked by the brake pedal. 

Now we got all the bolts out, we're gonna pop the cover off here. First things first, check to see where your gasket ended up, sometimes it sticks to the cover, sometimes it sticks to the case, sometimes it sticks on both, you wanna just be really careful taking it off. So now we're gonna get in here and get the clutch springs broken loose. So now that we've got the springs out to expose the clutch plates, we gotta get your pressure plate off here. Once you take it off, you wanna be careful and make sure there's no washers on the inside. If there is, just be careful that you don't lose it. Okay, so now it's time to get the plates out. In some cases, there are some special tools to grab all of 'em. In my case, you can just use, like, O-rings, little flat blade screwdrivers to grab the whole pack. You do wanna be careful if you do have gasket material here, not to compress too hard against it and damage it or even ruin the surface that the gasket would sit on. So you just wanna take things kinda gently at this point."

Credit: Joe Carlino
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  • mikebrownsound

    5/7/2015 5:52 AM

    Matthes watch out !

  • Uncle Tony

    5/7/2015 5:28 AM

    That was good

  • tomm55x

    5/7/2015 4:51 AM

    Good video, I know you are pressed for time and can't make an hour long video but it would be good to show a stock clutch change because of the jutter spring and the order of which those go in where as on the hinson setup they eliminate such items, it would also be sweet to show how to do a full clutch replacement for those installing a complete hinson system or stock system with the inner hub, basket, thrush washers so on and so forth, all in all its a good how to video and I hope you guys keep them coming!!!

  • ML512

    5/7/2015 6:13 AM

    We'll do a complete clutch install in the future.

  • mikebrownsound

    5/7/2015 7:02 AM

    sweet - was that your kaw btw?

  • jmc2

    5/6/2015 9:14 PM

    That will be my next purchase (lay over stand).
    Thanks for the video.

  • MOTO120

    5/6/2015 4:27 PM

    Probably would have been wise to use a Lay Over Stand for this job ;-)

  • ML512

    5/6/2015 5:16 PM

    It would have!