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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-26-2019, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
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Clutch feels slippery

Hi guys. I am wondering if I should replace my motorcycle's clutch already.
It has 80K miles on its belly and it has pulled a 450 pound trailer for about 15k miles around the country.
I have noticed that when I lock the throttle, let say at 80 mph, the speed goes down gradually(running on a flat terrain) about 5 to 10 mph in a short time.
Also when I am trying to accelerate hard on 4th or 5th gear, I feel the revs going up but the bike takes too long to move on.
Should I replace the entire clutch or only the metal plates(I have not looked inside it yet). How about the springs?
Any input will be appreciated.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-26-2019, 04:29 PM
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Before going that route, maybe just change your oil? A good motorcycle only oil like Mobil 1 4T Racing 10W40 may just do the trick. If not, then I would look at new discs plates and springs.

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The OEM springs were the problem.
Amazing that you have that many miles on it and now having the problem.
Most go with MTC or Barnett clutch kits.

http://www.mtceng.com/mtcproducts/pr.../steels-fibers > in Florida

Only small issue is some clutches stick a bit to the plates at cold start.

Mike the steels and check them for being flat.

Google this and you will see many threads> "vtxoa: 1800 clutch slipping"
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Yes, that's clutch slipping and it will only get worse. Time for new/better springs and friction plates

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If the steel plates have any bluing on them that means they have gotten too hot and should be replaced.

If it were me I would replace the whole clutch setup.

Is that 80K miles on the original clutch??? If so, replace everything.

Keep us posted what you find and do.
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My Shirley's clutch began slipping with only 40 thousand miles on her. I used a Barnett clutch kit (very difficult to get the MTC in the UK) I used the barnet springs (slightly longer and stronger) and friction plates But I used the original honda steels, I gave them a brush over with some emery paper where they were blued. The clutch is now well and truly sorted. At 80 000 miles I would replace the clutch but do check your steels before replacing. You will find a world of difference.
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Thanks

Thanks ya'll!
I am going for it.
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The OEM springs were the problem.
Amazing that you have that many miles on it and now having the problem.
Most go with MTC or Barnett clutch kits.

http://www.mtceng.com/mtcproducts/pr.../steels-fibers > in Florida

Only small issue is some clutches stick a bit to the plates at cold start.

Mike the steels and check them for being flat.

Google this and you will see many threads> "vtxoa: 1800 clutch slipping"
Yes some sticking of the MTC clutch plates at cold start but this will get better after 10,000 miles. Anyway no more clutch slipping

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No slip with Barnet either and no sticking when cold.
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-29-2019, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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Talking No cold starts in South Florida!. Hot, hot, hot!!!

Before this issue I was able to start the engine in 1st gear with the clutch engaged.
I can't do that no more. I don't know if this is related to the clutch problem or if it is a sensor failure.

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