FAQ: How To Tighten The Clutch Cable On A Motorcycle?

How tight should a motorcycle clutch cable be?

In general, 3-4mm at the perch is a good goal, and as a rule, it’s always better to have too much slack than too little.

How tight should a clutch cable be?

How tight should a clutch cable be? There should be a slight amount of freeplay in the clutch pedal. If the cable is too tight, the clutch may not be fully engaged and it WILL wear out sooner. I start by adjusting so the pedal can be easily moved by my hand 1/4″ to 1/2″.

Can clutches be adjusted?

Over time the clutch wears down and requires adjustments. The clutch freeplay must checked and adjusted at every 6,000 miles or as specified in the maker’s service schedule. Newer vehicles use a hydraulic clutch and slave cylinder that are self adjusting and do not require adjustments.

Why is my motorcycle clutch so hard to pull?

There are several factors that can contribute to a stiff clutch. An old, worn or dirty clutch cable is one reason. Other factors include dirty lever, stiff clutch springs, dirty or worn actuator arm or push rod. Clutch position and hand strength can also be a factor.

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When should I replace motorcycle clutch cable?

For my motorcycle, the throttle and clutch cables are replaced due to any of the following reasons:

  1. Frayed.
  2. Age of more than 2 years. Bike is parked outside without cover for most part of the year.
  3. Damage to the adjuster nuts.
  4. Kinked.
  5. Chaffing of outer rubber/coating.
  6. Throttling or clutching is taking an effort.

Can you tighten a clutch cable?

To adjust, simply pull up on the clutch cable and loosen the locknut and the adjuster nut slightly. Next, slowly pull up on the clutch cable again. You will feel a point where the clutch fork engages. This is where the clutch cable should be adjusted to.

Can a clutch cable stretch?

Yes. Clutch cable can stretch and cause problem discribed.

How do you know when your clutch needs adjusting?

Difficulty disengaging the clutch One of the first symptoms commonly associated with a bad or failing clutch cable adjuster is difficulty disengaging the clutch. If the cable is incorrectly adjusted, or the mechanism has a problem, this may cause the pedal to retract the cable a shorter amount then it normally would.

How much does it cost to replace a clutch cable on a motorcycle?

How much does it cost to replace a clutch cable on a motorcycle? The average cost for clutch cable replacement is between $146 and $176. Labor costs are estimated between $68 and $86 while parts are priced between $78 and $90.