Fixing clutch on first gen

zoran zv30 at
Sun Aug 26 12:14:49 PDT 2007

get cable off and see if it works,lube it while there.
open clutch and see if you have any broken plates.
check washer between buskets if it drags.

Zoran Vujasinovic
Twin Works Factory
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Erik Weber" <yoober at>
To: "Suzuki SV650 Mailing List" <SV650 at>
Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2007 11:58 AM
Subject: Fixing clutch on first gen

> Since I've had my bike the shifting has been pretty clunky. Many times
> it would not go into or out of first. That would sort of gradually go
> away sometimes. During my last races there were several times when I
> could not get it into fifth. Also it tends to slip into false neutrals
> between second and third at times, which is pretty scary, but I
> suppose this could be due to me not moving the peg far enough during
> shifts. I am using AMSOIL.
> One day I got pissed off and did something really stupid when it
> wouldn't come out of first. I reached down with my hand and grabbed
> the peg and yanked it upward, mangling my shift rod. I managed to bend
> it back and the bike will shift but that's about when it started not
> going into fifth. Maybe I caused more internal damage when I did that.
> Another thing is that the clutch lever is extremely hard to pull in.
> I've just learned to live with that. Not sure if that is a separate
> issue?
> So, I would appreciate it if someone out there could diagnose the
> problem and give me the most economical solution to getting my clutch
> back to "like new" or better. I would like to do the work myself if I
> can.
> Does the clutch need to be rebuilt, replaced or just repaired? What
> parts do I need and what is the general process? Can I get that side
> bolt off without an air wrench?
> 2001 SV650S.
> Thanks for your help,
> Erik
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