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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-25-2018, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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'08 clutch adjustment, maybe?

For the last couple rides my clutch has begun to engage closer to the grip than it has in the past. A bit disturbing as I'm thinking I may not get it to disengage fully soon. Is there any adjustment other than on the lever? Or maybe my clutch is wearing out? I've only 41000 miles on it, seems too soon for a clutch to wear out on a bike that mainly is on freeway rides. Any suggestions?

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The clutch is hydraulic so there isn't any adjustment that I know of. You may need to bleed the system or add fluid . If that doesn't do it than the system may need repair.
It would be unusual for the clutch to be worn out.
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Do a flush and bleed on the clutch. The fluid gets old and needs replacement. If that fixes the clutch, then the brakes should be done also.
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Thanks guys. I'll bleed it tonight.

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Before you get into bleeding the clutch, there is a chrome dial (as pictures shows) for the clutch and brake levers. To move them, gently pull the levers open and turn the dial to increase. This should work for you hopefully. If you notice, my clutch is on number 1.

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Bleed the clutch several times always refilling the master cylinder. The newer fluid will eventually make its way to the bottom as old stuff is pushed out. Don't do it on a very humid day. The brake fluid absorbs water out of the air. I like a warm dry environment when I do it.
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For the last couple rides my clutch has begun to engage closer to the grip than it has in the past. A bit disturbing as I'm thinking I may not get it to disengage fully soon. Is there any adjustment other than on the lever? Or maybe my clutch is wearing out? I've only 41000 miles on it, seems too soon for a clutch to wear out on a bike that mainly is on freeway rides. Any suggestions?
When the clutch does wear out, it will engage farther and farther away from the grip. Sounds like there might be air in the system and a good bleeding and fluid change should straighten it out.
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Thanks all! I took the reservoir cover off and found the fluid to be very low. I then used an eye dropper to suck out the old fluid (wasn't too bad looking, but a bit dark) and filled it up.
Then removed the lower cowl and I think I have found the problem. I believe the slave is seeping past it's seal. I had noticed a build-up of oily crud below it on the case but didn't realize it was the clutch fluid.
Anyhow, I went ahead and bled it through until I had clear clean fluid coming out and will order a replacement soon. The build up of crud wasn't moist at all so I think I can wait until my vacation in 3 weeks to replace it.
Once again, Thanks! This forum is a fantastic place. I learn so much from you all and I'd be flat broke going to a dealer for my repair issues without all of your input.
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Glad you got things sorted. If you have to, you can also tie the clutch lever to the handle bar over night and that will often work. I did that with the clutch on my RC51 and it worked fine.

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