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post #1 of 6 Old May 7th, 2014, 2:28 pm Thread Starter
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Its been a while - time to fix the clutch

At least seven years ago I was on a trip out west and the clutch on my '99 LT went. I nursed it home without a clutch - pretty amazing considering it happened in Ohio and I had to get to Long Island.

Life got in the way and the bike has just sat since then, but now its time to fix it. From a fading memory, the problem started with a slipping clutch in 5th and quickly got worse until one morning I pulling in the clutch and with no resistance it went right to the handlebar.

My initial thought, without looking over the bike, is that the slave cylinder failed and sent DOT 4 along the rod and all over the clutch. Are there other possibilities besides a failed line? Where else should I be looking? I'm searching for and reading everything I can on the slave cylinder and clutch replacement.

Since I'm going to be into this bike up to my armpits, I am thinking about putting on Spiegler brake lines - does someone make a set of stainless lines for the clutch?

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Re: Its been a while - time to fix the clutch

I would say your diagnosis is spot on; failed slave and oiled clutch plate. You don't say how many miles are on the bike but, since you're going to be in it that far, and given the fact that it has not run for quite a while, change all of the seals in the tranny and the rear main.

As I'm sure you have discovered, there is a lot of great information here to help you with the job.

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Re: Its been a while - time to fix the clutch

I had a similar experience, but I made it Dallas to L.A. and back a couple times with a slipping clutch. Mine was from a slightly weepy main seal that let oil onto the friction material. I changed the slave just the same.

If you talk to Spiegler, you may find that they either have a clutch line set, or can fabricate a set from your existing clutch lines.

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Re: Its been a while - time to fix the clutch

? Advantage of Spiegler clutch?
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? Advantage of Spiegler clutch?
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Not really sure if there would be a great advantage. But if the lines need to be replaced, why not?
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I had a similar experience, but I made it Dallas to L.A. and back a couple times with a slipping clutch. Mine was from a slightly weepy main seal that let oil onto the friction material. I changed the slave just the same.

If you talk to Spiegler, you may find that they either have a clutch line set, or can fabricate a set from your existing clutch lines.
I put in a request to Spiegler at about the same time I posted the first message in this thread. Just got an answer back that they no longer make these lines because they had trouble sourcing one of the fittings.
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