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Hi, I’m Steve Mathis, former mechanic to the stars. You know, ever since the advent of four-strokes, the one weak link on them, from many riders, has been the clutch. A lot of them are used to riding two-strokes, so they’re used to clutching it. Well, this week on the Transworld How-To presented by BikeBandit, I’m going to show you a way to make your clutch last longer and therefore save you some money. We’ve got a cool cover from Hinson, got some cool springs from Hinson, let’s make it happen.

All right folks, little bit of a time-saving technique here, so you don’t take it off. Pry your rear brake pads apart with a screwdriver. Get a t-handle or another screwdriver and jam it in there, case is in your brake pedal, and that way you don’t have to take it apart and you can get to the clutch easier. Let’s get this thing apart.

All right, the springs have been removed, the clutch cover’s been removed. Take the stock springs out and drop the Hinson springs in. These are a little different from your normal springs. They’re high temp springs. Hinson sells them directly, and…not affected as much by heat and also they’ll last a little bit longer. They will give your clutch a little stronger pull at that bar, but they will make your clutch last longer and save you some money. If you don’t like the feel of all five of the springs, feel free to take three, three Hinson springs and two stock springs. Just make sure that you do that across from each other, so one stiff spring, here’s a stock spring, and one stock spring in there. And you can mix and match it to get the feel that you want. For now we are going to put all five Hinson clutch springs, high temp springs back into the bike.

All right, we’ve tightened the springs in a criss-cross manner. You can hold the kick-starter to help yourself get some leverage. Be careful with the dowels and the gasket. Don’t wreck that gasket, don’t lose the dowels. If you want you can order yourself a new gasket. We didn’t do it in this instance. And you just want to drop your cool clutch cover on. Tighten it up. Tighten those bolts up, again in a criss-cross manner. Be careful not to over-tighten. Take the screwdriver t-handle out of your rear brake, pump it up to give yourself some pressure. And there you go, your clutch should be working better. Your clutch will respond better, and best of all, you’ll save yourself some money on clutches down the road. That’s been this week’s Transworld How-To presented by BikeBandit. See you next week.

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