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My 883 just hit 20k and something strange happened..

I'm pretty meticulous about clutch adjustments and cable free play, the other day I was taking off from a stop and my clutch started engaging right off the lever, normally it grabs late towards the end travel. Didn't think much, next light, it engages really late like normal. For the entire ride I am playing "guess the clutch" where it wants to engage really early, or really late, but nothing consistent, not a fan. Also noticed it would drag a bit when I would pull it in to come to a stop, like it was still trying to engage.

I haven't changed anything this season aside from the occasional free-play adjustment (which I feel like I am doing way more often now). Yesterday I backed out all the slack, took the cable off and lubed it, got it back to spec, took it for a ride and I noticed the same thing. This cable is at the end of it's days, but this doesn't seem like a cable issue to me, in 2nd it engages where it should, but 1st from a stop is like spin-the-wheel. When it grabs really early, the lever goes limp like it's fully engaged, it doesn't return back to it's normal position.

Worth noting, this thing is my daily, I commute on it (5 miles downtown Chicago) and it deals with a lot of stop-and-go traffic. Could the dreaded grenade clutch spring be wearing? I did the primary oil change and clutch chain adjustment this past winter, thing has ridden really well since the other day.

Do I need a new clutch pack?
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Might be that spring plate, time to get the XR spring ring in.
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Plus 1, spring plate most likely the culprit. Drop the fluid out and see if you have shiney brass pieces in it, signifies the rivets failing and most likely scoring your clutch basket. Has happened to many of us.
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Funny you should say that Paul, I just drained it a few minutes ago and saw lots of gold flecks on the magnetic drain plug, also saw some in the oil. Don't like admitting this, but I definitely saw those on the last change and someone had told me it was normal. Went with a new clutch pack on Revzilla and am planning to just change it out. Pretty confident the pack is shot. Going with the BDL plate kit without spring plates.
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Went with a new clutch pack on Revzilla and am planning to just change it out. Pretty confident the pack is shot. Going with the BDL plate kit without spring plates.
Replace the release bearing while you're in there. Put in a 7200B.
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Just ordered one off Amazon, thanks for the advice Tomcatt!
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Not going to be surprised if your clutch basket has damage, if caught early it’s easily repaired. A good bonding moment.
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So I pulled the clutch tonight, the spacer was shot. Rivets were laying in the basket, but they looked like they came out when I pulled the frictions and steel plates out, so it was on it's way to grenading. Here's my concern, I can see a pretty well defined notch where it looks like one of the friction plates may have ridden hard against the basket, it's so defined that I thought they may come like that from the factory. After looking at pics, I am not so sure. Do these baskets have a notch anywhere? I can take pics.

Grenade plate strikes again...
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Thats a spring in the dampener cutting that groove Buddy
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