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post #21 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-07-2019, 07:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Dan89flstc View Post
Let me clarify:

The ECM has nothing to do with clutch lockup...(Just like I already said).

If the clutch is slipping, it is a mechanical (or hydraulic) issue, not electronic.

It's the slipping clutch that is confusing the "electronic brain" (ECU).

Before we had all of the electronics, you either had a slipping clutch or you didn't.

The throttle was totally controlled by your right hand.

If you had a slipping clutch, you learned not to be as aggressive with the throttle.

You also learned to properly adjust your clutch ... And all of the other cable-operated items.

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post #22 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-17-2019, 05:51 PM
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Having the cable too tight and/or the hub adjustment too tight does exactly the same thing as starting to pull in the clutch lever. With the clutch already starting the release process BEFORE you ever pull on the lever, it will be prone to slip. 5th gear used to be square cut and it would whine. There were enough complaints that the gear is now cut at an angle like the other gears except for 1st. This puts a side load on the shaft and if there is insufficient free play in the cable and hub adjustments, that side load displacement will start to release the clutch. I don't know if there is something about 5th gear that puts extra side load on the shaft but slipping in 5th gear is is one of the first signs of the clutch badly needing an adjustment. Someone not paying attention can quickly destroy a clutch when this happens.
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