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Clutch won't engage after reassembly.

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    Junior Member SteveZX9er's Avatar
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    Jan 2012
    North Hampton, NH

    Clutch won't engage after reassembly.

    So I cracked the engine lower case on my 97 ZX9R over the winter and replaced the bent 2nd gear shift fork. I got the engine back in the frame and ready for a test ride, but my clutch won't engage. If I put the bike in 1st gear and let out the clutch, the bike rocks slightly like it wants to go, but then nothing.

    It's a hydraulic clutch, new fluid, bled it thoroughly. I put everything back together per the service manual. I'm thinking clutch springs are out of spec? That or I need a new (thicker) steel plate.

    I'm open to suggestions as to how to approach this.


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    Posting Freak
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    Oct 2006
    New Hampshire

    Re: Clutch won't engage after reassembly.

    I'm not real familiar with that particualy engine but..... on a lot of bikes you need to line the pressure plate up right. there is usually a mark on the basket that you need to line up with a mark on the pressure plate. Worth a look

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