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CLUTCH FRICTION PLATES

Friction Clutch Plates
The "heart" of motorcycle clutches are the friction plates. They are what take the most abuse, wear and tear. Friction plates are designed as consumable items. They are meant to wear and, consequently, need to be replaced from time to time. Certain things can be done to increase their life in your motorcycle. First of all, choose only the best available replacement components. Be sure all related parts, such as the steel drive plates, springs, clutch hub, pressure plate, outer basket, clutch cable or hydraulic system, etc., are in top shape. Always use good quality, clean, fresh oil at the proper level and viscosity. Also, keep your clutch adjusted properly. Riding style can greatly affect clutch efficiency and life. Excessive slipping or "fanning" of the clutch can create excessive heat resulting in premature wear.