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    The clutch in the gixxer is getting pretty crappy, so I'm gonna change it. However, I'm not an expert on motorcycle clutches... I can look p\up the procedure in the service manual, what I want to know, is what should I replace while I'm in there? I assume I'll need to replace the clutch springs, the friction plates and the steel plates... Is there anything else I ought to do as well?

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    No, that's it. If you are going to install an aftermarket clutch like a Barnett you might want to think twice before replacing the springs if they are set up for racing. The race springs are very strong and could get tiresome on street rides over an extended time period. Don't forget to pre-soak the clutch friction plates in oil or when you first start the bike up it will shoot out from under you when you let the clutch out.

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    When you take off the clutch cover be carefull of the gasket or you will have to replace that too. Sometimes they stick to the cover.

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    99.99% chance you'll be replacing the gasket (and if so be careful not to gouge the clutch cover when removing it because they get brittle and stick on pretty tough at times). I would advise against Barnett. If your running that bike on the street, use Suzuki OEM stuff. The Barnett, for Kawi at least, is a finicky, pain in the ass setup that requires hands of steel. The stock stuff is plenty strong and wears nicely.

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    I replaced the clutch in my F2 last year with Barnett springs, friction and drive plates.... worked flawlessly... and I didn't feel the springs were too tough... felt great IMO...

    I guess it's all personal preferance....

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    Since it's Winter time and you have time to wait for parts to come in, just inpect the steel plates rather than replace them. They are generally re-useable. Look for warpage or heat discoloration. If you cannot find any visible problems, measure their thickness. If they are still within spec., don't waste your money on new ones. I have 90,000 miles on the original set in my ZG1000.

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    Bluing on the steels is what your looking for. Sometimes bad burns can look dark gray/blackish. If they have this dump 'em. At a minimum replace the springs and friction plates though.

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    Also like to add...pay attention on how they come out.
    Suzuki likes to put a wave washer and a wave washer seat in there first B4 you stack the plates back in. Wave washer angles out at ya...If you got this set-up.

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