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Clutch play on a YZF?

Okay, it's a 95 YZF 600 and the clutch was replaced at the begining fo the year. Last couple of times I've ridden it, it seems like the play in the clutch lever is a lot. Probably a good inch or more before there's any tension from the clutch. Was just wondering how to adjust to eat up the slack?
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couldn't resist, that smilie has been in my PB for weeks. Do you have either the pocket owners manual or a service manual? The adjustment depends on the design of your clutch lever. If you don't have a manual, and can't find one online.. take a good focused picture of the lever with any coverings peeled back, and someone with a similar model can post the directions for you.
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couldn't resist, that smilie has been in my PB for weeks. Do you have either the pocket owners manual or a service manual? The adjustment depends on the design of your clutch lever. If you don't have a manual, and can't find one online.. take a good focused picture of the lever with any coverings peeled back, and someone with a similar model can post the directions for you.
I here you, sometimes I'll use the smiley's even if they are close to what I'm saying. I'm frickin' addicted to those things. Anyways, it's my friends bike, but I've been riding it, so I feel responsible to adjust it. So I don't have the manual, but I wasn't sure if it was something as easy as an adjustment on the end of the lever where the cable goes in, or if it was something by the tranny, or even if the cable was stretching and needed to be replaced or something like that.
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Ok, on my SV, I peel back the rubber boot around the clutch lever, and there are two nuts, 1 adjuster, and 1 lock nut. But the free-play adjustment is at the end by the cable... some stretching is expected, and there should be some adjustment purely at the mechanical end. When you can no longer make the adjustment at the clutch lever, then replace the cable. --That's for the SV650, should be similar.
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Ok, on my SV, I peel back the rubber boot around the clutch lever, and there are two nuts, 1 adjuster, and 1 lock nut. But the free-play adjustment is at the end by the cable... some stretching is expected, and there should be some adjustment purely at the mechanical end. When you can no longer make the adjustment at the clutch lever, then replace the cable. --That's for the SV650, should be similar.
Thanks, I'll try that. It just seemed wierd to have that much slack all of a sudden.
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If it happend in the course of one ride, the lock nut could have slipped and your adjuster vibrated around loosening up the cable play.
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If you have an adjuster at the bottom of the clutch cable, where it goes into the engine, adjust that one first, as it is the coarse adjustment. The adjuster at the clutch lever is a more fine adjuster.
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simple fix, all ya gotta do is take up the bulk slack if u could with the nut thats down by the motor like no worries said n u can fine tune it up by the lever, what you want is enough freeplay so u can fit a nickel between the lever and the perch when u guntly pull in the freeplay, than u should be set! let us kno how it goes
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Do what NW said...

But don't adjust it too much/tight or you will start expierencing slipage!




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I was able to take up the slack at the lever. I've been busy plus it's been raining, so I'll try it out tonight. I didn't have to turn the adjuster that much, so should be all set. Thanks for the input, though.
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don't take up too much slack or your clutch won't fully engage...
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don't take up too much slack or your clutch won't fully engage...
I beleive you mean DIS-engage, when the lever is released causing unecessary wear to your clutch plates.
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no he means engage. If you tighten it too much even when you're not pulling the clutch in, it will be pullin on the clutch.

Too tight means the clutch won't completely engage and you will expierence clutch slipage.

Too loose means you won't be able to dis-engage the clutch and you will expierence creeping while at a stop in gear with the clutch lever pulled in. The bike will try to walk...




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You have to have a tad bit of play. Several reasons for it to go out of adjustment rapidly. Just take notice from now on if it keeps happing.
You may need a new cable or springs before it leaves you stranded. New clutch springs sometimes settle. This will cause the extra play you described. Your cable may have stretched ore even broken a few threads allowing the stretch. Like suggested earlier, the adjuster its self may have work out.

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