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post #1 of 25 Old 04-29-2006, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy fried clutches

wonder if anybody has had to replace clutches in their zx10 yet? Mine went out today.Could not even ride back home. no amount of adjustment would help.I did do about three hard launches drag racing my partner but aside from that I did not think I had abused my clutches that much.Now the bike is 2 days out of warranty,which they may not have covered anyway.Not too worried about expense as I can do the job myself but not sure to go back with kawasaki clutches or aftermarket such as barnett.I am a little disappointed in the stock clutches the bike only has 7500 miles.I did slip them pretty good today but not enough (I didn't think) to burn them up.And this is the only time I have road them that hard.Anyway if anyone has had any any clutch issues with their bike I would like to hear your thoughts.I know some do a lot of drag racing ,wondering how the stock clutches held up and has anyone tried different clutches?Any info would be very appreciated.
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what type motor oil do you use ?
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what type motor oil do you use ?
Kawasaki oil from the dealer and always kawasaki filter.Clutches seemed fine until I really slipped them racing.I guess they just could not handle it.Now I am debating on more stock clutches or aftermarket.But I will be a little easier on them from now on.I had a gsxr 750 before the 10 this bike went to the track (1/8 mile) a lot,stock clutches still fine after 15,000 miles.Of course the 10 has a lot more power so maybe I should just let the motor pull without all the clutch slipping.
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ive heard synthetic oil making clutches slip but since you dont use it should get alot more than 7500 miles through
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I change my first set at 5500 miles on my bike
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May I ask how much it cost you to change it out?
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I change my first set at 5500 miles on my bike
Great times.I assume you must slip clutch pretty hard.Did you go back with stock kawasaki clutches?
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Great times.I assume you must slip clutch pretty hard.Did you go back with stock kawasaki clutches?

no, I use barnett kit and yes is hard to keep the front wheel on the track at the same time try to make 1.6 in the 60 ft that why I change the clutch kits every 20 passes on the track sometimes every 15 or 10 depend on the temperature and the tracktion.
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Talked to friend of mine today that races a 06 gsxr1000.Strictly a track bike,lowered and stretched.After 10 runs (1/8 mile) clutches were gone.He says that bikes with slipper clutches won't hold up to the abuse as well as a non-slipper type.He is going to use clutch set up off 04 gsxr1000 which did not have slipper clutch.guess these bikes were not really designed for drag racing.But I'll order new clutches monday and hopefully be back riding sunday.
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Ok some explain to me why a slipper clutch would matter, it's only used on downshifts.

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