1. Enjoy Your New Clutch

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To remount the clutch cover, apply a thin coat of gasket sealant to both gasket mounting surfaces. A pliable, non-hardening sealant works best. If you are unsure of where to apply the sealant, look at the shape of the gasket itself. After allowing the sealant to skin over for a couple minutes, place the new gasket in position on the engine case. (Remember, the money you save by reusing the old gasket will seem inconsequential if you have to remove the cover to fix a leak.) While you’re waiting on the sealant, you can install the dowel pins (if any) in the case. The sealant should hold the gasket in position. Reinstall the cover bolts in the same order that they were removed, but do not tighten more than finger tight. Once all the bolts are installed, torque them to the factory specified setting in a crisscross pattern.

Let the bike sit for a half-hour or so to allow the gasket sealant to set before taking your bike out for a ride. Your new clutch will most likely engage in a slightly different lever position, and you may need to adjust the clutch cable freeplay. Hopefully, you’ll also notice how much more positively it engages when compared to the tired old clutch you removed.