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    Another Clutch question?

    Hi Guys

    Was installing my new Worx racing filter today and seeing I had the front of the SC open I did the "Spin" test on the blades. Blades spin freely in one direction as expected but when spining the other way I get about 1\2 inch of movement before the clutch feels like it locks in place. Is this just normal operation for the Sprag clutch or is it on its way out.
    Reason I ask is another poster from a few weeks ago said his was doing the exact same thing and then on his next ride the clutch gave out in 5 mins on the water. I am taking the Ski way for a couple of weeks and a broken clutch would be a distaster.
    I have a 2011 FXSHO but it has the revised 2013 clutch installed with about 90hrs on the one - Ski had stock clutch fail at 48hrs and replaced with same and that one have out at 110hrs, replaced with 2013 version - I know what a bad clutch feels like, spins freely in both directions. I now have 198hrs on the ski and have had no problems of late.

    Thanks

    Dave
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    Should only spin 1 way and be completely locked up the other. If you get movement the other way or it feels "spongy" its more then likely on its way out. How long will it last no one could say for sure

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    Yes it means it is worn
    But it could still give plenty of hours
    Depending on how hard you ride


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    Quote Originally Posted by fx160 View Post
    Yes it means it is worn
    But it could still give plenty of hours
    Depending on how hard you ride
    Thanks guys,

    I will start saving for a clutch replacement. I thought it was odd that I had some movement before it engages and locks up but thought it might be just the sprags rolling into place.

    I will ride carefully while I am away.


    Dave

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    Luckily it seems that replacement clutches have gotten cheaper over the years.

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    Hi Guys

    First day out on the water and the clutch gave out about 1hr into the ride. I have checked the clutch spins both ways so have booked it in for service.

    Thanks

    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spi200 View Post
    Hi Guys

    First day out on the water and the clutch gave out about 1hr into the ride. I have checked the clutch spins both ways so have booked it in for service.

    Thanks

    Dave
    Cheaper and easier to repair it yourself........
    Only 15 bolts.....and a gasket.
    And of course a new clutch.

    Yamaha flat rate labor on a new clutch is 6.5 hours.....
    You can do it yourself in about 2 hours reading the manual.

    Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane1000 View Post
    Cheaper and easier to repair it yourself........
    Only 15 bolts.....and a gasket.
    And of course a new clutch.

    Yamaha flat rate labor on a new clutch is 6.5 hours.....
    You can do it yourself in about 2 hours reading the manual.

    Good luck
    The first time you do it might take more than 2 hours. The first time I changed one the hardest part was finding all of the bolts. Once you have the feel as to where everything is it’s not too hard

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. GP1800 View Post
    The first time you do it might take more than 2 hours. The first time I changed one the hardest part was finding all of the bolts. Once you have the feel as to where everything is itís not too hard
    My point was....doing it yourself
    will save you time...ski sitting at the dealer.....and of course labor cost.... there is even a YouTube video on how to do it


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    My first clutch took 3 hours from start to finish......the little allen bolt on the very bottom was tricky till I got a mirror and leaned it against the gas tank.

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