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V7 C - No slack in new clutch cable

Discussion in 'V7/V85/V9 Chat & Tech' started by frocker, Sep 9, 2019.

  1. frocker

    frocker Just got it firing!

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    Hi folks, first post here since getting my bike, so hello! Forgive me for skipping introductions, I'm in a bit of a bind.

    My 2008 V7 Classic has just hit 18k, and had my clutch cable snap on me. Picked up a new one and tried to fit it, but there's not enough slack. I've got both ends of the sheathe, and the lever adjuster wound all the way in but get less than 10mm of slack by tugging on the end of the inner-cable, no where near enough to slot it into the lever.

    I've been mulling over some potential causes:
    • Seized clutch arm return spring - The spring not compressing would prevent the clutch arm from coming over all the way
    • Clutch Pushrod & Bearing failure - This seems to be the usual suspect for clutch related problems, not idea if it could cause the cable slack issues though
    • Previous owner may have adjusted the slack and the clutch arm to compensate for an overly stretched cable (not sure how I could confirm this)

    Side note, previously I had also been experiencing a whining sound on acceleration, and a fairly quiet rattle in Neutral. I had assumed these were just 'character' inherent in riding a Guzzi, but I'm now realising they are probably a symptom of the clutch not disengaging fully.

    Before I start taking pulling the bike apart at the swingarm, any other potential causes I've missed, or advice on where to go from here before?

    Much obliged,
    Felix
     
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  2. vagrant

    vagrant High Miler GT Contributor

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    no clue as to what year bike you have. some years have certain issues that others don't.
     
  3. frocker

    frocker Just got it firing!

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    Ah yeah, that would help... Updated the post, it's a 2008 v7 classic.
     
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    V700Steve High Miler GT Contributor

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    Put the cable on the lever 1st, screw in adjuster. Now deal w/the back!! Crawl under bike & press on lever to connect. Use a prybar or such. You can get to most from underneath and see what's going on.
    There is an adjuster on the arm with 13mm locknut. A slotted tool like a spoke wrench is needed. Should not need more than 1/2 turn either way.
     
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    frocker Just got it firing!

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    Thanks for the help mate, managed to get the cable installed using the arm adjuster. However I'm pretty sure something's seized in the push rod assembly. By depressing the clutch arm (1) with my hand, I should be able to see the outer bushing (7) move down, right?
    Cause mine certainly ain't moving.

    [​IMG]
     
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    john zibell Moderator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    Spring tension is pretty stout. I doubt you could move the clutch arm (Item 1 in your image) by hand. That is why Steve said to use a bar to move the arm so you could hook the cable.
     
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    frocker Just got it firing!

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    Yeah you're right I just wasn't giving it enough grunt. Hooked a spanner round it as a lever and got it moving, clutch appears to be operational, so that's a relief. Now just to set the correct arm & lever adjustment. Thanks for help with this one guys, still pretty new to this stuff, much appreciated!
     
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    make sure you get it far from the cylinder head or it will melt / fail again.
     

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