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.
1.5 quarts of oil, gasket or gasket maker and a honda clutch spanner tool, tool is aroun 8-15$ on ebay
1985 Rebel 250 near mint
2003 yz250 completely rebuilt <- 2 stroke love
2004 kx100 <- My girlfriends/soon to be wife
2006 crf50<- Full custom race bike 6yrold sons
1994 pw50 <- My first bike now my 5yr old sons
2005 pw50 <- Rockin the train wheels till my 4 yr old son can touch
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.
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.
1985 Rebel 250 Adding your bikes year and size in your signature helps others help you.
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!!