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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-08-2016, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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Clutch issue 03 vtx 1800

I had my bike on blocks with the front up at an angle to replace the fork seals and install new progressive springs.
The bike sat this way for about 10
days waiting for parts etc.
The job is done (thank you SO much for the info on this board!) and lowered the bike thinking I was ready to go - started the bike and pulled in the clutch lever and there was no resistance at all.
The clutch reservoir is full and pumping it didn't help.
Is it possible an air pocket was created while the bike was an angle? Has anyone experienced this?
A favor is requested: my phone is search challenged, could some provide a link to how to bleed the clutch? Thanks!
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-08-2016, 10:36 PM
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I do not think being elevated should have caused this unless there was some air in the system and worked up to the reservoir. ????


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Here's the link, pretty easy.

http://tech.bareasschoppers.com/clut...ding-vtx-1800/

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Yes, with the bars raised up the front end of the reservoir would have been raised and allowed air to get into the plunger area. When you pulled the lever you worked that air into the lines way up by the reservoir. Time for a good system flushing and bleed

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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-09-2016, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all! You're right Spike, now is the time for a flush and bleed if the system. Thanks again for the link guys - when I did a search for how to bleed the clutch, I had no luck on my phone.
I should have thought of Bareasschoppers as I used their info as well as info from the site to do the fork rebuild. Anyone hestitating to dyi fork seals and spring upgrade just need follow the available info and dive into it - if I can do it anyone can!
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So,vacuum bled the clutch hydraulics many times, still no clutch. I get fluid (new, clean),through but seems like doing no good whatsoever.
Should I disconnect the banjo fitting at the lower hydraulic cylinder and put some air through the line? I'm thinking there is crud in the line that won't clear out completely, keeping air in the line.
I did try tapping the banjo junction as suggested by the bareasschopper instructions but no help.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
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So,vacuum bled the clutch hydraulics many times, still no clutch. I get fluid (new, clean),through but seems like doing no good whatsoever.
Should I disconnect the banjo fitting at the lower hydraulic cylinder and put some air through the line? I'm thinking there is crud in the line that won't clear out completely, keeping air in the line.
I did try tapping the banjo junction as suggested by the bareasschopper instructions but no help.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
Not the bottom banjo but the top one may solve your problem. Cover all painted surfaces that could get sprayed with brake fluid. Pull in the clutch lever then crack the banjo fitting at the master cylinder. Tighten before releasing the lever. Catch the fluid with a towel. Do this several times and see if your clutch pressure comes back.

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Thanks Sojourner, I will give that a try. I'll report back with the result.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-11-2016, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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We have clutch! Many thanks Sojourner for the advice and the rest of you for your help as well.
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