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Post  langy-cat on Wed Nov 06 2013, 17:07

hello folks,

Keiran here, brought my thundercat, 1997 64000miles silver and yellow, maybe 3 weeks ago and its my first big bike and love it. brought it with a few trick bits i.e full stainless scorpion exhaust, tinted double bubble black visor etc. got the bike for a steal on slight problem is the clutch is slipping, bad!! to the point where i had to push it up a hill taking it to my dads unit. any idea how hard these are to change as i have a full racing ebc clutch kit, and springs that came with the bike?

also i have read alot about a dodgey second gear, any way at all to test if mines on the way out or not? obviously when the clutch is done (hopefully this weekend)

thanks in advance

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Post  0ldcat on Wed Nov 06 2013, 18:17

Hi Langy and Welcome to the forum.

Mostly the second gear thing you have heard of is a bit of an urban myth. Yes it happens, . . . but in ten years plus of this forum running it has occurred to only two or three members bikes.

Yes to test it, you'll have to wait until you have sorted the clutch.
Ride the bike slowly in 2nd gear, (hold tight), and whack the throttle open. If the second gear problem exists the bike will jump out of gear into a false neutral. If the bike takes off like a scalded errrr cat . . . you're likely to be ok.
Expect the latter rather than the former, hence hold tight when whipping open the throttle !

As for fixing the clutch, I'm afraid you'll need to wait while someone better with spanners than me comes along . . . shouldn't be long though

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Post  thunderstu600 on Wed Nov 06 2013, 23:12

You could also change the cable before hand maybe. This also helped on my cats slipping clutch.
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Post  robertcains on Wed Nov 06 2013, 23:24

Welcome,
The clutch is very straightforward to do, with the bike on its side stand you won't even need to drop the oil.

Right hand side fairing off,
Clutch cover off (Allen keys usually)
Unbolt the clutch basket & lift off,
Very carefully lift out each plate & refit in the same order, (if I remember correctly the second plate from the engine is slightly different from the others on genuine kits but not always on non genuine kits)
Refit in reverse order & adjust using the clutch cable (starting at the clutch end of the cable first & the lever end for the fine adjustment.
I think that's about it but I'm sure someone who has changed one more recently than myself will be along soon with a few more tips old 
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Post  SteveCat on Wed Nov 06 2013, 23:43

Hi and welcome. I'd also be inclined to check the cable adjustment first, a bit of a long shot but make sure the sprocket cover has all it's bolts and they are tightened up.
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Post  thunderstu600 on Thu Nov 07 2013, 00:13

Sorry didn't realise this was in new members intro.
Welcome to the forum Langy-cat
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Post  Toni on Thu Nov 07 2013, 05:35

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Post  Rosco on Sat Nov 09 2013, 21:43

Hi & welcome aboard.

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Post  Tee-Forty on Sat Nov 23 2013, 04:29

Hello Keiran.

welcome1 to the forum.

Remember to check the clutch push-rod adjustment as well as the cable.

http://www.yamaha-thundercats.org/t6420-grabby-clutch#59483
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