How To Replace Your Motorcycle Clutch Pack

If your clutch is slipping or shuddering, it’s probably time to replace your friction plates.

How to place a motorcycle clutch
Clutch plates are consumable components just like brake pads and tires.©Motorcyclist

Like brake pads, tires, and chains, clutch plates are consumable components. If your clutch is slipping or shuddering, it's likely time to replace your friction plates. Popping open your engine to replace the clutch pack may seem intimidating, but it's actually a fairly straightforward and easy procedure ( click here for a look at your Clutch Components ). Here's how to do it.

How to place a motorcycle clutch
Step 1
Place your bike on a stand and drain the oil. Alternatively, you can lay the bike on its side so the oil pools on the left side of the engine. If a radiator hose attaches to the right-side engine cover, you’ll need to drain the cooling system as well.©Motorcyclist
How to place a motorcycle clutch
Step 2
Disconnect the clutch cable if present and then remove the bolts holding the clutch cover in place. Note the location of any locating dowels, which may remain in the case or come off with the cover. Try to preserve the cover gasket, which can be reused.©Motorcyclist
How to place a motorcycle clutch
Step 3
Unscrew the clutch-spring bolts and remove the springs. Then lift the inner pressure plate away. Using your fingers and a pick, remove the clutch pack one plate at a time, looking for damaged or broken plates. Stack the parts in the order they were removed, noting the location of any judder springs or narrow friction plates.©Motorcyclist
How to place a motorcycle clutch
Step 4
Inspect the outer basket for wear, which will appear as grooves on the driving face of the fingers. Usually it’s just the friction plates that wear, but you’ll also want to inspect your “steels” for bluing. Replace them if they look burned since they may be warped.©Motorcyclist
How to place a motorcycle clutch
Step 5
Soak your new friction plates in oil and install them. Replace the pressure plate, making sure it properly mates with the splines on the inner hub. Install the springs and tighten the spring bolts to the torque listed in your manual. The spec is usually no more than 8 pound-feet of torque.©Motorcyclist
How to place a motorcycle clutch
Step 6
You can reuse the cover gasket if it’s in good condition, but a fresh one is always a good idea. Replace the cover, reattach the clutch cable (if applicable), add oil, set your clutch-lever free play, and ride! Recheck your free play after 100 miles or so.©Motorcyclist

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