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Just wondering where your friction zone is on your clutch lever travel. Mine is almost all the way out, which I find different then other bikes I have ridden. The free play on my clutch lever is correct according to the manual.

Can you adjust where the friction zone is on the clutch lever travel? I would prefer it to be about midway in the travel, because I find that easier for slipping the clutch.

By the way, my clutch has never slipped while engaged.
 

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Does your bike not have the 1-4, chrome adjustment wheel on the clutch lever?

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While you say your free play is OK, a small adjustment of the cable will make a big diffrence, and still leave some free play.

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I think the 1-4 chrome adjustment know is only for how far out the lever goes from the handlebar. This way you can adjust how far out the lever is according to the size of your hand. As far as I know it doesn't adjust where the friction zone is (but I could be wrong).
 

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Lucky#13 said:
blent87 said:
I think the 1-4 chrome adjustment know is only for how far out the lever goes from the handlebar. This way you can adjust how far out the lever is according to the size of your hand. As far as I know it doesn't adjust where the friction zone is (but I could be wrong).
You are absolutely correct. However you can adjust the travel with the round adjuster on the cable where it connects to the lever.
yup yup, the roll-a-click levers dont do crap to adjust where your friction zone is. i never knew how far mine was off untill i rode on another bike during my MSF course. i promptly went home and adjusted to where it started much sooner. i was like yours..almost all the way out before it would start to grab. adjust cable..there are 2 threaded discs on the right hand side held to the engine with a stay. adjust that till you get your desired zone
 

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Typically, the friction zone beginning late in the clutch travel is a sign the cable needs to be adjused at the clutch, not the lever. Taking slack out of the line (due to stretch) at the lever moves the friction zone forward. Doing a proper clutch adjustment at the transmission end will usually move the friction zone back to the front to middle of the lever travel.

Good luck!

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It dosn't matter which end you adjust, both ends do the same thing. Change the legnth of the housing the cable pulls against.

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I'll defer to your opinion on this FOG, as you've got a helluva lot more experience with the EX than I do. However, I can tell you from personal experience that as you adjust at the lever to compensate for cable stretch, your friction zone will move forward. If you screw the adjuster all the way into the lever (thus creating extra slack), then adjust the lever free play out at the transmission end your friction zone will stay where it should.
 

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Yes you can adjust from either end, and yes, it does the same thing...change the length of the outer jacket.
BUT...
The adjustment at the lever is made to change "on the fly" to take up cable stretch.
If you only adjust the cable at the lever it is easy to run out of adjustment.

Soooo
When I adjust the cable, with access to tools, I will take all the adjustment out of the top and adjust at the bottom leaving the maximum amount of adjustment at the lever (the cable will NEVER get shorter). When I get close to the end of adjustment at the lever it is time to take all the adjustment out of the lever end and adjust at the bottom again.
I adjust my clutches with 1/16" free play with FULL ENGAGEMENT, that will put your "friction zone" right at the end of lever swing...less that 1/16 of an inch. With the lever "out" there will be zero tension on the cable.
 

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Sorry Red Leg , allie sama tinga, either end has exactlly the same effect. Just like bitz said on the top you don't need tools.

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