How to Adjust the Clutch on a Suzuki Intruderby Alexis Rohlin
Motorcycle clutch levers are used to change the gears of an engine. The clutch lever is located on the left handlebar of the bike. For some people, the distance from the clutch to the handlebar is too great for the size of their hands and the lever needs to be adjusted for ease of use. A clutch will also need to be adjusted if the clutch cable collapses during use, or if the clutch spring binds and won't uncoil. An improperly adjusted clutch will cause the clutch to slip and make it hard to shift gears.
Pull back the rubber cover of the clutch lever to reveal the lock nut and adjusting screw. Loosen the lock nut with a wrench. Tighten the adjuster screw until it won't turn any more.
Remove the left frame cover of the body of the bike and set it aside in a safe place. Remove the bolts holding the secondary gear case cover and the clutch release cover with a socket wrench. Remove the secondary gear case and clutch release cover and set them aside.
Find the lock nut and screw located at the lower end of the clutch assembly cable. Loosen the lock nut. Loosen the screw by three rotations. Slowly finger tighten the adjusting screw until you start to feel resistance. Loosen the screw a quarter-rotation. Tighten the lock nut to hold it in place.
Locate the lower cable adjuster above the clutch release cover. Loosen the two lock nuts of the adjuster with the socket wrench. Turn the cable adjuster screw and check the clutch lever as you turn. Tighten the adjuster screw until the clutch lever will wiggle loosely or "play" about 1/8-inch. Tighten the lock nuts.
Tighten the lock nut of the clutch lever. Replace the clutch release, secondary gear case and left frame cover. Pull the rubber cover back over the clutch lever.
- Suzuki Intruder, Marauder, Volusia, Boulevard Repair Manual 1985-2009. Haynes Manuals - 2010.
Things You'll Need
- Screw driver
- Socket wrench
Alexis Rohlin is a professional writer for various websites. She has produced works for Red Anvil Publishing and was one of the top 10 finalists in the 2007 Midnight Hour Short Story Contest for OnceWritten.com. Rohlin holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in English from Madonna University.