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Old 12-29-2014, 03:38 PM   #1
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Default Cleaning clutch plates.

I don't know...maybe I'm trying to over analyze this thing.
68 T120R, got left wet and ignored for several years. I put new friction plates in back in '10. Life got in the way, and the bike was pushed in a corner until this winter. You wouldn't believe what was in the carbs...I digress...
I'm getting ready to split the cases, and pulled the clutch assembly out today.
Most of the plates and steels were glued together with dried out ATF.
Got after the steels with 320, they will be fine.
My question concerns the brand new friction plates. They have a light frosting of dried up ATF on them. Put them back in and don't worry, or use something to clean the crud off them?
My logic says they'll be just fine as they are, but I'm notorious for making dumb mistakes.
What do those of you I depend on to keep me from falling off the ledge think?

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Old 12-29-2014, 04:00 PM   #2
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Wipe them clean with lacquer thinner and put it back together.
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Old 12-30-2014, 06:38 AM   #3
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^^^^Thanks Goldy.
I tend to spend way too much time thinking on such things. I cleaned them with Berryman's and a toothbrush, and hung them up in the shop. They look fine. I have 3 steels that have been used in past years against the pressure plate and have wear rings around them.
Judging from the fact that those three steels have a total of four rings among the three of them I'm guessing that the bike has had four clutch rebuilds in it's lifetime.
I still have 3 perfect steels, so I can put six more clutch rebuilds in before I have to buy a set of steels!! LOL!
Actually, I'm guessing that the fact that I have two bolt holes broken out on top, and two holes on the bottom stripped is why so many clutch jobs have been done on this motor. After the cases get split, the decision will come as to whether a belt will be better money spent than the labor to repair the bolt holes.
This will be my first time inside a Brit twin, and I am really enjoying the learning curve.
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Old 12-30-2014, 06:39 AM   #4
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I've tried boiling them before to separate oil... I can't recommend it, waste of time.
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Old 12-30-2014, 03:40 PM   #5
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I went on search and looked at head steadies. Wow!! You guys really like to debate!!
The monkeys that made this bike into a chopper cut off the front mounts so I'm going to get a pair of steadies that match my rear ones and make a new mount for the front.
One cannot rush a rebuild worth finishing....The only way to build a good bike is to build it right.
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