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#1:  Clutch not disengaging (SOLVED) Author: ericleep Post Posted: Sat Jul 03, 2010 12:08 am

So I was working on my starter clutch for my 83 Virago 750, I got the new gear put in and it started up just fine. I went to drive off and the clutch won't disengage. It was working perfectly before I took the left side panel off.

I took the whole clutch assembly apart. I figured out that when I engage the clutch the pushrods move towards the clutch but they won't come back. It seems that when I was working on the starter clutch I messed something up and can't seem to figure it out. Can anyone help me out?

Last edited by ericleep on Sat Jul 03, 2010 10:55 pm; edited 1 time in total

#2:   Author: 48vintage Post Posted: Sat Jul 03, 2010 4:55 am

When you remove the left cover, it is necessary to re-adjust the clutch - loosen the cable at the grip and adjust pushrod to a soft set . . . see if that helps.

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#3:   Author: mark75 Post Posted: Sat Jul 03, 2010 2:02 pm

there is a triangle shaped piece with 3 ball-bearings in it.
it should fit into the 3 corresponding "dents"
if that gets out of place...

if I remember right, it's behind the round piece indicated.

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#4:  Re: Clutch not disengaging Author: ericleep Post Posted: Sat Jul 03, 2010 3:11 pm

I have checked those ball bearings so I know those aren't an issue.

What do you mean by soft set?

Is it possible if I over tighten the pressure plate, that could be causing this problem?

#5:   Author: 48vintage Post Posted: Sat Jul 03, 2010 3:57 pm

To properly adjust that clutch you need to follow these instructions:

"1. Loosen the clutch cable at the clutch lever so there is significant free play.
2. Follow the clutch cable down to the left side of the engine case where the clutch cable enters the side case and remove the access cover by removing the two screws.
3. Loosen the locknut- the lock nut may be hard to break free but it will come undone with a little force.
4. Using a phillips screwdriver of the proper size, turn in the adjusting screw cockwise in until it just touches the clutch rod. You may have to practice this a few times to get the feel of where bottom is. NOTE: there is an O-ring on the screw shaft which will cause some reisistance. Be sure the screw contacts the push rod firmly but lightly.
5. Using the phillips screwdriver, rotate the adjusting screw 3/16 to 1/4 turn out counterclockwise.
6. Tighten the locknut while holding the adjusting screw in place using a phillips screwdrver to be sure the adjusting screw does not turn in.
Caution: Do not operate the clutch lever until the clutch mechanism adjustment is complete. Otherwise the steel balls that are in the housing may disengage.
7. Readjust the clutch lever free play at the handlebar so that there is 2-3 mm free play."

#6:   Author: ericleep Post Posted: Sat Jul 03, 2010 10:55 pm

Thanks it is working like a charm now. I had that screw too tight was all. Tech Help Clutch not disengaging (SOLVED)

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