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Helping a buddy with his 2002 883 sporty with 1200 kit and buell heads. Ever since the build he keeps burning up the clutch. Origional clutch was OEM of course, then Barnetts since (4 or 5 in last 2 years). Last clutch lasted about 3800 miles. We replaced it just prior to leaving for Sturgis (3100 mile round trip).

Yes he runs the piss out of it. Yes he does an occasional burnout (only 1 or 2 a week though). We were busting his balls on the way to sturgis due to the frequent fuel stops costing us time. This resulted in him leading the next 52 miles at a 85-90 mph clip.

No chance his riding style will change any. Therefore, any options out there for a clutch that might last a bit longer under these conditions?

Replaced stock spring with SE unit last clutch along with new cable. Any thoughts on the Barnett "extra plate" kit? Any thoughts on OEM clutch being any better than aftermarket?
 

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deuce163 said:
Helping a buddy with his 2002 883 sporty with 1200 kit and buell heads. .... he does an occasional burnout (only 1 or 2 a week though). .... This resulted in him leading the next 52 miles at a 85-90 mph clip. ... No chance his riding style will change any. ...
If you always do what you always did, then you'll always get what you always got.

Seems like he is just paying for his fun.

If the clutch is properly adjusted, then the 85-90 mph speeds should make no difference.
 

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Setting up the pack is a thing that many do for Built motors, it requires having several set of steels, and measuring them and getting the pack to be " correct height" and making sure adjustment is right on the money. Also fluid type will play a roll . Many times having it mis adjusted will allow the pack to slip and if he is speed shifting that my be a issue. Many things can cause pack failure rider error being the biggest one. There are complete clutch packs for sportys that will allow him to abuse it with less chance of failure. I have installed a few baskets but they where on much more powerful engines than that. More like a Revolution kit 1250, stage II heads, and Redshift 585 cams, 45 MIK and drags, then to thunder header. This set up was making 109 hp, on 92 octane, we never did a chance to use 114 with more timing. BUT on the street 12'0 wheelies where a flick away in 2nd and 3rd gear. This is the only street bike that can really give me a run until 3rd gear on a drag( at track of course with proper saftey gear and such) ONE very quick sporty, peaky but when in the rpm band flat out RUNS!!!
 

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The pressure plates only help some much, if you are smoking the pack you need more surface area, which means a new clutch hub and such. Bandit , barnett, primo, etc. I do not think you are going to fix it with a plate, at least in my opinion you are wasting your time, the p.p. are really all the same regardless what name is stamped on them . Good luck
 

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Thanks for the input. He ordered the Barnett "extra disk" pack. 1 extra fiber with 2 extra steels, while eliminating the center disk thing (forget the name for it). We'll put it back together Friday when I get back in town. Will take extra precaution to make sure it is adjusted properly. Is Sporty Trans oil good to use? Any better options?

Also, we thought maybe the bearing between the inner and outer basket felt as though it had a slight "catch" when spinning. Outer basket also wobbled when moved up and down while on the shaft with no clutch disks in place. went to dealership to get new bearing (only $30) and the parts guy offered to press the old one out and press new one in for FREE. For a dealership, these guys are always pretty good to us. Probably because our stupid actions give them extra business. Tech in the back said bearing was good as it spun very freely when laid flat on bench. Think it would be smart to replace the bearing anyway?
 

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working good so far

Put it back together last night and all seems very good now. We were very carful to make sure we adjusted it properly. Every other time we worked on this clutch, it seems it took adjusting it a few times before it worked ok. This time first adjustment, clutch pull felt great and seemed to work great during our garage runs. A few others stopped by during the process which took until midnight because of the extra company (Bud and Jack). Therefore, we were a bit tanked and thought it best to wait until this morning for a test ride.

Yes, we did think of testing it with a burnout but decided not.

thanks again for the help.
 
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