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Old 08-02-2011, 03:47 PM
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Asking for a friend, but i jumped on his bike the other day, he has a 2005 CBR F4i and i took off on it, but his clutch engaged in the last half inch of travel with the lever. it does absolutely nothing for the most of the motion of the lever. the tension screw is almost all the way out, so i screwed it in to see what would happen and the clutch just slipped.

New clutch??

I know its not right because i have an 01 F4i and mine engages as soon as i start to release the lever.

Thanks for any input.
 
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Old 08-02-2011, 05:05 PM
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Cable might need replacing. Does it have a kinda kinked/stretched-spot feel in it?
If you can't adjust it to pull 1/4 to 3/8 slack and then feel the clutch springs pulling,
the cable is too worn to be useful. If you feel that little "pink" as you are pulling the
clutch in the cable is probably frayed as well.

As cheap as a cable is (about 18-25 bucks), it sounds like your buddy's
first move. Then check out the feel of the clutch itelf.

Ern
 
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Old 08-02-2011, 05:18 PM
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Originally Posted by MadHattr059 View Post
Cable might need replacing. Does it have a kinda kinked/stretched-spot feel in it?
If you can't adjust it to pull 1/4 to 3/8 slack and then feel the clutch springs pulling,
the cable is too worn to be useful. If you feel that little "pink" as you are pulling the
clutch in the cable is probably frayed as well.

As cheap as a cable is (about 18-25 bucks), it sounds like your buddy's
first move. Then check out the feel of the clutch itself.

Ern
+1 to everything above.

Just in case, check the cable's major adjustment on the right side behind the right fairing. Mine was somewhat similar in that I had the lever screw almost all the way out, but it turned out to be that the cable should have been tightened by the previous owner (who was a cruiser shop owner) at the side of the bike.

My clutch engages at about 70% out (when I let go of the lever) - which is at about 1/2" squeezed, but I also have about 1/8" of slack (based on the service manual). I kind of want my clutch to engage/disengage more at the beginning of the squeeze (further out) rather than at the end of the squeeze (closer in).

Before with mine adjusted similar to your friend's bike, my engage/disengage was at the end of the squeeze (closer to the handlebar) and I didn't like the feel very much.
 
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Old 08-03-2011, 03:21 PM
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Thank you for the input. I really appreciate it!
 
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