Worn clutch?

Steve Northrop blackgpz at rochester.rr.com
Tue May 1 18:46:15 PDT 2007

As a data point, standard friction plate thickness is 2.92 to 3.08mm per the 
service manual. After 29,000 mi., mine still measured 2.99mm. The service 
limit is 2.64mm. These clutches are tough and will last a very long time.

Steve in Western NY
'96 GPZ1100
'02 Daytona 955i
"You Can't Fix Stupid", Ron White
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "john leonard" <jlmdx at hotmail.com>
To: <gpzlist at micapeak.com>
Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2007 1:02 PM
Subject: Worn clutch?

> Hi All,
> First time poster!  I have a '96 GPz that seems to be having some clutch 
> problems.
> It's not slipping, but it doesn't seem to engage until I'm near the end of 
> the clutch release (about the last 20% or so).  I've tinkered around with 
> the entire range of the clutch lever settings and they all feel about the 
> same; I'm riding at #4 today.
> The bike has only 11,800 miles and I don't beat it too badly.
> I've changed the clutch fluid this week, and loaded the case with 15W - 
> 40.  Is this too heavy?
> If it sounds like the clutch, should I wait for a little slipping to 
> appear before I replace it?
> Or, will this thing just totally crap out on the road without further 
> warning?
> If I do need to replacing the clutch, do I need to drain the clutch fluid 
> and move the hydraulics away from the work area, or does it just push 
> aside like a brake caliper?
> Thanks for your advice, john
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