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How to Adjust the Clutch on a V Star Classic

by Terry Diamond

The Yamaha V Star Classic is a middleweight cruiser with a 650cc V-Twin engine. This motorcycle was created with styling, comfort, handling and reliability in mind. Weighing in at 544 lbs. wet, which is with oil added and a full tank of gas, the Classic is light and extremely maneuverable. As with any vehicle, though, from time to time adjustments will need to be made and one of the easiest items to adjust on the Classic is the clutch free play.

1

Use an adjustable wrench to loosen the lock nut at the clutch lever. If you need to increase clutch lever play then go to Step 3, otherwise continue on to Step 2.

2

Turn the adjusting bolt toward the front of the motorcycle. This will increase free play. Continue the adjustment until there is 0.20 to 0.39 inches of free play in the clutch lever and then continue to Step 4.

3

Turn the adjusting bolt toward the rear of the motorcycle. This will decrease the free play. Continue adjusting it until there is 0.20 to 0.39 inches of free play in the clutch lever.

4

Continue to Step 5 without tightening the lock nut at the clutch lever if the desired free play could not be reached using the previous steps. If the desired free play has been obtained, tighten the lock nut at the clutch lever and skip the remaining steps.

5

Turn the adjusting bolt, at the clutch lever, toward the front of the motorcycle until it can go no further.

6

Find the clutch lever free play lock nut and adjusting nut on the clutch cable at the left side of the crankcase.

7

Loosen the lock nut at the crankcase.

8

Turn the adjusting bolt toward the engine crankcase.This will increase free play. Continue the adjustment until there is 0.20 to 0.39 inches of free play in the clutch lever and then continue to Step 10.

9

Turn the adjusting bolt away from the engine crankcase. This will decrease the free play. Continue adjusting it until there is 0.20 to 0.39 inches of free play in the clutch lever.

10

Tighten the lock nut at the crankcase.

11

Tighten the lock nut at the clutch lever.

Tip

  • Clutch free play adjustments are a personal choice, however, always maintain clutch free play within the manufacturer's specifications of 0.20 to 0.39 inches. If this cannot be maintained then the clutch cable should be replaced.

Warning

  • Adjustment outside of the manufacturer's recommendations can result in an accident or injury.

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About the Author

Terry Diamond is the Senior Database Analyst for the Town of Queen Creek, Arizona. He has worked in the information technology field for over 24 years including many years in project management. Diamond began writing online professionally in the fall of 2009.

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