is there an issue with current model rmz250 cluthes?

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  1. fastfoodfred

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    My bro-in-law bought a 2011 rmz250 and has had a tough time getting the stupid clutch adusted. Either it has a lot of drag, not fully engaging or it has no free play at the other end and slips. He has tried a new cable and lever that pulled more cable, but that mostly increases his arm pump as it is now harder to pull. What's the deal? He is too big of a vag to ask, so I did.
     
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    Take all the slack out of the cable adjustment, then tie the lever back to the grip and leave it that way overnight, then try adjusting it tomorrow.

    I know this sounds like Rainman shit, just try it :secret:
     
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    Is there an adjustment under the gas tank like on a sport bike?
     
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    A perch/lever mismatch can be the cause.
     
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    Sounds like the new lever fixed the issue but introduced arm pump, from what he claims is too harsh of a pull. I'm inclined to believe that... but on the other hand, I know a lot of arm pump can come from lever position. I run my clutch and brake pretty close and it really cut down on the amount of arm pump I get. Perhaps try the same?
     
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    I think he is just a pussy. He wants a two finger pull without it hitting him in the fingers that are on the bar grip. It just seems like there is a lot of clutch drag and wont fully engage. To make things worse, he installed a rekluse that does the same thing, except lets the engine stall. He has always been fighting the cable pull thing, though.

    This is all for trail riding, so i dont get his arm pump issues. He probably just tries too hard to keep up with me is all.
     
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    Hmmm... quite possibly!

    I don't know how to get a two finger clutch pull that doesn't wack your remaining fingers... I just suffer through it!
     
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    Hydro clutch....loved the one on my KTM.
     
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    I told him he should have bought a Yamaha, which is what he sold to get this.
     
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    Check the "fingers" on the clutch basket, where the disks engage the basket.
    These quickly get grooved and cause disks to be very sticky/jerky.
    Stock MX baskets don't last very long on for serious MX applications.
    I always use Hinson baskets.
    It may also have stiffer clutch springs.
    My son is a serious MX racer and he likes super stiff clutch springs, lots of tension on clutch lever, but no slippage out of the gate.
    And if a recall correctly, in 2010ish, suzuki had some problems with warped disks/baskets, but in those case the clutch disks generally grenaded.
     
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    Good idea on the Hinson basket. He tried to find one, but is too cheap to buy a new one. He only wants used.
     
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