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View Poll Results: Stock Spring plate, has it gone bad on you
Solid Mount- (2003 and earlier) Still Good (below 50k) 58 20.42%
Rubber Mount (2004+)- Still Good (below 50k) 97 34.15%
YES -Solid Mount 10,000-20,000 5 1.76%
YES -Solid Mount 20,000-30,000 3 1.06%
YES -Solid Mount 30,000-40,000 6 2.11%
YES -Solid Mount 40,000-50,000 3 1.06%
YES -Solid Mount 50,000 + 3 1.06%
YES -Rubber Mount 10,000-20,000 25 8.80%
YES -Rubber Mount 20,000-30,000 29 10.21%
YES -Rubber Mount 30,000-40,000 11 3.87%
YES -Rubber Mount 40,000-50,000 4 1.41%
YES -Rubber Mount 50,000+ 5 1.76%
No Solid Mount 50,000+ 19 6.69%
No Rubber Mount 50,000+ 16 5.63%
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So with all the talk lately about people having the spring plate go ka-boom. I figured it was about time to determine who, what, when, where they go bad..

so,, please vote and don't be afraid to quantify the poll with a description..
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Replaced my clutch pack at 70k, spring plate was still good..
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Replaced my spring plate at 68K on my rubber mount. It was way bad ...

Got rid of it all together at 102K, anyone want it?
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97 framemount, 11,000 miles. Springplate and clutches still like new but removed them when I installed my Energy One clutch pack to keep up with my performance upgrades.
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OK, my 2003 50k + miles looked like new.
Just did a friends 1985 evo BT with 70k again like new.

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I proactively replaced mine at 50,000. When it was removed it was still intact, but the brass rivets were getting real sloppy.

IMO, the lifespan of the spring plate has a lot to due with clutch usage and not so much with mileage. I happen to do a lot of rural road and slab cruising which accounts for my getting 50,000+ miles from it. If most of my mileage had been in town stop and go, I probably would not have seen that kind of life from the spring plate.

My guess is that the typical, around town Sporty rider, will likely have problems closer to 25,000 miles.
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Mine on the '06"R" really started acting up as we were running through downtown Astabulah on one of the Lake Erie loops a couple of years back. 90 degree heat, stop and go traffic and I couldn't stop the creeping, or find neutral and wasn't sure what the hell was going on. It wasn't a widespread, well known issue back then, guess I might have been on the leading edge.
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Kind of confusing poll, but it looks like only solid mounts have no problems and rubber mounts have all of them. Of course, these are early polling results.

I'm with the solid mount crew, ignorance is bliss for me. So far.

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Kind of confusing poll, but it looks like only solid mounts have no problems and rubber mounts have all of them. Of course, these are early polling results.

I'm with the solid mount crew, ignorance is bliss for me. So far.

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I can recall no known spring plate issues prior to rubbermounts. But figured this would Help to visualize the results. And who knows, I may get surprised.
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I opened my 2004 after 41,000 and my plate looks fine. The frictions on either side were worn more than the other frictions. Stack measured .684, .661 is worn out... not sure what they start at....
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