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Old 05-04-2008, 04:57 AM   #1
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Hey all,

Yesterday I purchased a GSXR 750, 1997 model but the clutch is incredibly heavy, a nightmare around town. I know absolutely nothing when it comes to motorcycle maintenance or repairs, but the garage I got it from did say the the previous owner may have changed the bearings in the clutch or something and that I would need to get this changed back to genuine Suzuki bearings?

I was hoping someone could explain this to me and what I need to get exactly as I would like to start learning and taking care of my own motorcycle maintenance.

Any help is greatly appreciated!!
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Old 05-04-2008, 05:58 AM   #2
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They probably meant the clutch springs. That's an easy job to do. Buy a manual and follow the directions. You'll need a manual anyhow. No, I mean it. Getting at the clutch is easy.

While you are at it ensure that the hydraulic clutch actuation system is not full of crap.
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Old 05-04-2008, 07:08 AM   #3
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So it is an easy thing to do? What exactly do I need to order to do this? Any specific tools? Sorry for sounding so novice I just want to make sure I get what I need.
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Old 05-04-2008, 07:22 AM   #4
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This is why you need the manual. Seriously, the answers to your questions are there.
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Old 05-04-2008, 11:26 AM   #5
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What they said. Either you or a qualified mechanic sould change the clutch springs back to stock.
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Old 05-04-2008, 03:48 PM   #6
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Wait a second, have you checked the clutch cable? Lube that sucker and try again...
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Old 05-05-2008, 10:36 AM   #7
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I was told by the garage that the guy changed the springs and this was why... I could check the clutch cable too when I get the manual! I am sure that will all be in there too =) Have ordered a Haynes manual for my bike so will go through that. Thanks for the replies though! Will try lubing the clutch cable and if that doesnt help will order new springs =)
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Old 05-05-2008, 11:15 AM   #8
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Dont be afraid after looking at the expanded image of the clutch assembly in your spiffy new manual. Wet Clutches are like a layer cake, just with more than two layers. Clutch cable you should be able to trace with your eyeball. Take it loose at both ends and see if it slides easily inside the housing (should have a little friction but not a lot). If its stiff slide it all the way to one end, lube the exposed cable with recommended lubricant and slide it all the way back, lube other end, Repeat. Work it back and forth (insert rude comment here)until its sliding nicely in the cable houseing. Reinstall cable. If clutch is still HeMan strength replace springs or go to the gym.
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Old 05-05-2008, 12:14 PM   #9
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Dont be afraid after looking at the expanded image of the clutch assembly in your spiffy new manual. Wet Clutches are like a layer cake, just with more than two layers. Clutch cable you should be able to trace with your eyeball. Take it loose at both ends and see if it slides easily inside the housing (should have a little friction but not a lot). If its stiff slide it all the way to one end, lube the exposed cable with recommended lubricant and slide it all the way back, lube other end, Repeat. Work it back and forth (insert rude comment here)until its sliding nicely in the cable houseing. Reinstall cable. If clutch is still HeMan strength replace springs or go to the gym.

Man, that sounded easy. Makes me want to change the clutch plate in my 21yo K100. You know, the BIG single plate job that looks like it's out of a 3 series. The one that's in that transmission that you have to disassemble the back half of the bike to get at. On second thought, I'll be lazy and let some body else take care of that task. I will lend my talents to smoking a cigar and watching while giving my professional opinion and trying to make their job easier for them. That's the ticket.
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Old 05-05-2008, 12:58 PM   #10
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Dont be afraid after looking at the expanded image of the clutch assembly in your spiffy new manual. Wet Clutches are like a layer cake, just with more than two layers. Clutch cable you should be able to trace with your eyeball. Take it loose at both ends and see if it slides easily inside the housing (should have a little friction but not a lot). If its stiff slide it all the way to one end, lube the exposed cable with recommended lubricant and slide it all the way back, lube other end, Repeat. Work it back and forth (insert rude comment here)until its sliding nicely in the cable houseing. Reinstall cable. If clutch is still HeMan strength replace springs or go to the gym.
I Will definately give that a go. Is it fairly easy to remove the cable and put it back? Am guessing the manual will recommend the lube to use? I gave it a ride up the M11/M25 today but even without gloves its still a sucker to pull! On long trips/town journeys that will just hurt...
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