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Old 10-06-2012, 05:38 PM   #1
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First time replacing the clutch on my 2008 Rebel 250

Hello, you all!

This is my first post and I am thrilled to be online. Recently, I noticed my clutch on m 2008 Rebel with just over 9k miles has been slipping. I have experience with cars and I am good a handy man and mechanic, but I honestly know little about motorcycle clutches.

I looked up the parts online and found I need to replace the clutch discs, steel discs, and springs. Are all of these necessary? How much money will I spend overall and what tools will I need? What brand parts should I buy?

Please feel free to provide any insight if you have experience with these kinds of jobs.

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Old 10-06-2012, 06:08 PM   #2
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1.5 quarts of oil, gasket or gasket maker and a honda clutch spanner tool, tool is aroun 8-15$ on ebay
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:53 AM   #3
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this is what you need but to suit your year rebel EBC CK Clutch Plates Honda CMX 250 Rebel 1985-1987 you don't have to replace the steel plates just clean them up with 320 wet n dry sand paper ,plus replace the springs as well

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Old 10-08-2012, 11:48 AM   #4
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I didn't do anything with the steel plates, but I am told you do want to replace the springs, I replaced mine. You will want a gasket, mine was held up a week until it came in. You also might want a replacement nut for the one that special spanner is for. I got one but then didn't use it, but it was only $ 4. I got aftermarket clutch parts and saved a bunch. Those low torque values are very important too, so you need a good torque wrench. In case I sound like I know what I am talking about, I had a Harley mechanic come over and help. He had a super good torque wrench.
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Old 10-08-2012, 02:15 PM   #5
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You only need to replace the spring if they are out of spec so a lot of the time you don't need to. I replaced mine anyway with springs that were the same brand as the new clutch plates. I bought KG Clutch Factory Kevlar plates and +10% springs. I have been happy with the feel and performance of them. I don't remember exactly what I paid but it was very reasonable when compared to other kits I priced. It wasn't the cheapest but by far wasn't the most expensive.
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Old Today, 12:34 AM   #6
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Replacing the clutch on Rebel

I, garage chick, have found a very easy process to replacing your clutch. The locking nut on the basket is hard to loosen because the clutch basket keeps turning. Someone suggested making a tool that you drill holes in it to hold the basket assembly still. Well, I broke 2 baskets by using this method so I decided to find my own way and it worked perfectly!!

1-if you pull the clutch plates forward you will see 4 holes placed at 12:00, 3:00, 6:00 and 9:00
2-pull the plates forward so you can see the holes.
3-place a small screw driver in the top hole to prevent the basket from turning
4-THAT'S IT!! Now remove or tighten the center nut.

I banged my head so many times on this job
Until I stopped banging my head and started to think....
Now I am very happy with the process and it is sooo easy a caveman can do it!!

I can't figure out how to post pics...
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Old Today, 12:42 AM   #7
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4 holes in what?
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Old Today, 01:15 AM   #8
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Oops sorry I will edit my post tomorrow. 4 holes in the basket that holds the played. In the back of the basket you will see them.
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