- Jun 25, 2004
Wheeled her out of the garage, quick oil check, fitted the knock-off AirHawk, met up with the crew, and rode the north shore of Lake Erie. Clocked 215 miles. Didn't miss a beat. Logged 57 mpg.
Well LAB, I got around to taking the clutch apart this morning and found that the pressure plate was rusted on the outside facing me, and the 7 pieces of metal and friction plates were fused together and came out as one unit of 7 pieces. After sitting for a little while they started to separate from each other. Appears they were caked in oil and that's what caused them to appear fused together. This explains why my clutch lever didn't disengage the engine. Common occurrence? I'm not sure if I clean up the 7 plates if they will be reusable. I will wire brush the thicker steel pressure plate, and was thinking of doing the same for the 7 alternating plates. Good idea? Or should I just get a new kit for the Combat?With the pushrod screw adjuster removed, the clutch operating lever the cable attaches to (item 33) can drop out of position (although it won't fall out) especially if the clutch lever is pulled. If it does then you will have a very stiff clutch so that is something you need to watch out for and reset it if it drops, the pic below shows the correct position.
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Sam, is the Triumph light an easy fit ? I have one and have been pondering whether it's worth the faff of fitting it as mine is sprayed silver anyway.Just fitted a new rear guard , 400/18 Roadrider, new Ikons and early Triumph OIF tail light with Lucas indicators back on after years of small ones. Going out now, looking for some old ladies to frighten
I'm not sure if I clean up the 7 plates if they will be reusable. I will wire brush the thicker steel pressure plate, and was thinking of doing the same for the 7 alternating plates.
Sam, is the Triumph light an easy fit ? I have one and have been pondering whether it's worth the faff of fitting it as mine is sprayed silver anyway.
Well, I gave them a cleanup and they don't look too bad. I wonder, are these friction pads ruined when they are soaked in oil, similar to brake shoes on your car? They feel a little smooth and greasy to the touch even after cleaning with degreaser and brake cleaner.I'd say it's not all that uncommon.
They don't look too bad (from what I can see) in the pics so no harm in having a go at cleaning them although I wouldn't recommend wire brushing the friction plates.
I suggest you measure the stack height.
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It was a great day. The route along Lake Erie is marked with signs, so the province has done the hard work for you. Rode from my home north of London, to our meeting point west of Woodstock at my buddy's farm. From there we cut through tobacco and vegetable country to Port Dover. Quick coffee, snack and pee, then picked up the Lakeshore Trail and took it over to Port Stanley for an early afternoon lunch. From there, up to Fingal, Shedden, Delaware, and Komoka, around the top end of London - back to my shop for an adult beverage.Wow! That sounds like an awesome day mate. I grew up in Waterloo Ontario, 36 when I left to the USA. I'm now 50. In my minds eye I can see how beautiful a ride that was. I used to go up to Tobermory to camp and explore, and the shores of Pinery Provincial Park. I would love to take my Nortons on those rides some time. Here in Michigan, as I was reading your post, I was wondering if there's backroads that I could take from my house to Lake Michigan and ride along the Eastern shore. I'm sure there are, and I just need to map them out.