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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-15-2009, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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04 R6 Clutch not fully disengaging. Whata b!tch.

So my bro-inlaw wrecked my bike back in July, destroying the front end, bending the tail, and doing slight damadge to the timing chain cover. So all the oil was drained and I fixed all the damage done. Here is the kicker I noticed that the clutch wasn't fully disengaging. So I decide to invest in a brand new clutch kit(plates/friction plates/springs) and install them to spec. After I put the cover back on and tighten the clutch cable I decide to see if it was still draging and.. yep the damn thing is still draging.

I called my local dealer and they said that it is probably the cable. So I tightened the cable so there was zero freeplay in the lever and it was pulling the release mechanism approapratly from what I saw. I dunno.

My manual says it could be damage done to the hub but I didn't notice a problem with it when I was installing the plates. Also there is no oil in my clutch save for the oil I applied to the plates. That should be enough to let the clutch slip. So here are my guesses:

1) I tightened the clutch springs too tight.
2) It is the cable but I highly doubt it.
3) The hub may be damaged, though I dont see how I could have put the plates in if it was.
4) There is some other mechanism that was damaged in the accident that is behind the hub that helps seperate the plates?
5) God is pissed at me. (just kidding God)

Any help would be awesome as I am a poor college kid with no more cash to fix the bike. Be sure to ask me for any more additional info. Thanks!
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-20-2009, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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Re: 04 R6 Clutch not fully disengaging. Whata b!tch.

Please anyone have a clue? Bump.
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Re: 04 R6 Clutch not fully disengaging. Whata b!tch.

Can anyone answer me this then: Could the clutch disengage if there is next to no oil in the bike?

I have very low oil in my bike. Just a little bit that I applied to my friction plates a week ago. If it is the case that alot of oil needs to be present in order for the clutch to disengage than it may be that I just need to add oil!
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Re: 04 R6 Clutch not fully disengaging. Whata b!tch.

the engine oil lubes the clutch. if your bike doesn't have oil in it you will kill it really quick.
the oil doesn't fill up the clutch area. it just splashes up in there.

and by not disengaging you mean when you pull the lever in, it still pulls the bike pretty hard?
because slight drag is very normal. especially when the engine is cold.

one thing I would do if you came to me would be to pull the cover off and count the plates and steel bands to make sure you have the correct amount.

I assume your bike didn't get damgaged on the clutch cover etc right? if it did, it might have damaged the clutch basket.

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Re: 04 R6 Clutch not fully disengaging. Whata b!tch.

Sounds like you have too much slack in the cable. You checked the lower adjustment on the clutch case? Some how that happened on my cousin's 05. Some how the lower was out of whack but the upper would still adjust right. I didn't think it would work like that but guess it can. He took slack out of the lower portion and then adjusted the top and it was all good. Might take a look and see.


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Re: 04 R6 Clutch not fully disengaging. Whata b!tch.

Ok. Thanks for your replies, I think I know how to approach this now. I will quickly inspect the clutch hub and if it doesn't appear to be damaged then I will fill the bike with oil and adjust the cable as 03raven suggested.

To blue03r6: The clutch plates/frictions are brand new. I installed them myself to spec. No damage was done to the clutch cover. I just can't isolate that the lack of oil is to blame because before I drained the oil from my bike the clutch did this(right after the accident). The thing is that the timing chain cover was damaged and some oil was spilled so I was wondering if alot of oil was needed to slip the clutch, as there was still some oil in the bike while this problem show'd itself.

My bet is that adding oil won't be the solution. It's most likely the cable or damaged hub. But still I do need to keep oil on the plates, that is indeed needed. Thanks for all the help. I will let you all know how it works out.

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were you running your engine without oil at all?
the clutch gets a heavy soaking when the engine is running. I lost my fill plug once and it dumped a 1/2 quart of oil all over my leg and bike in a matter of a mile. and that's just from splashing out of that small hole.
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Re: 04 R6 Clutch not fully disengaging. Whata b!tch.

LOL. My bike hasn't been turned on since my bro crashed. But there is no oil it currently. Man I really want to get my biked fixed but I have a crap load of work to do in school. Maybe this weekend I will analyze the clutch.

It's all nice and cool right now too. Whata drag.
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Re: 04 R6 Clutch not fully disengaging. Whata b!tch.

Was there a solution to this, in the end? I'm having the exact same issue and I'm not sure what to do..
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Re: 04 R6 Clutch not fully disengaging. Whata b!tch.

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Was there a solution to this, in the end? I'm having the exact same issue and I'm not sure what to do..
Quite a thread revival lol.

Have you attempted to do everything that was mentioned above? Was your bike in a crash as well?

I would suggest opening a new thread in the topic for this.
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