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DANG IT MAN! I just soak these new clutch plates for a few hours and only now realized that the jug says it has friction modifiers 馃が馃が馃槨馃槨馃槨馃が馃槨

I thought since it was a W 50 it would be safe. Apparently I should read things. Man I can't get this right. I guess I'll throw them in and see what happens
You might try drying them off and then soaking them in a light organic solvent like gasoline. Finally soak in non-ec oil.

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If the plates got soaked with friction modifiers, the clutch will slip in less than 1,000 miles. That middle metal piece looks familiar, but can't recall where it goes, or if it even belongs on a CMX. Maybe a PO's kids dropped that junk in there?
Could the middle item be part of a broken off clutch lever?

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You might try drying them off and then soaking them in a light organic solvent like gasoline. Finally soak in non-ec oil.

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So plain old 10w40 for cars is ok to use? The clutch feels great for now. I figure for $22, I'll just ride it till it goes out and then replace.
 

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Several of us have been using regular car 10W/40 for years & have had no issues. My 85 has 49,000 miles on it now. My just breaking in the 86, with only 8000 miles, but I'm thinking of only using motorcycle oil from here on out on this one.
 
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The STP is the first 10W-40 I'm aware of that contains friction modifiers. Castrol 10W-40 and Shell Rotella 15W-40 are the oils most forum members use. Those oils have been widely used for years with no problems.

Emil, if I mix up a batch of my custom motorcycle oil, and bring it to the Ohio rally, would you be interested in buying some? I'll sell it for 3/4 of whatever you are paying for motorcycle specific oil. Disregard that it is in sealed Rotella jugs. Just let me know how much you want so I can plan ahead. I can probably cover the fuel costs for my trip with the proceeds. :D
 
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Emil, if I mix up a batch of my custom motorcycle oil, and bring it to the Ohio rally, would you be interested in buying some?
The reasons for going with motorcycle specific oil are varied. Partly because there are fewer & fewer 1st generation Rebels around & wanting to be sure that the engine lasts as long as it possibly can between rebuilds. The are no friction modifiers in motorcycle oil & the oil companies are always changing they're formulations. I'm getting more lazy & my eyes aren't what they used to be, so at least this way I should be more able to depend on getting it right even if I have to pay a little more.
I now need to rebuild the 85 engine, as it is making a clacking noise seemingly emanating near the wrist pins. I'll not ride until it blows up! It may be a simple problem/fix, but pushing an engine making unusual noises has never ended well.
 
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Castrol 10W-40 and Shell Rotella 15W-40 are the oils most forum members use. Those oils have been widely used for years with no problems.
Forum member Buickguy put over 100,000 miles on his '87 CMX250 using Castrol, and never had an engine issue, including the clutch.
 
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