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    My first repair

    After 24,000 miles, I finally had to fix something on the bike. I started feeling a little pulsing wobble when I pulled in my clutch. I left it alone and made note of it slowly growing stronger. Last week, it started feeling strong enough that I didnít feel comfortable with it, and I turned around to head back to the house. By the time I got home, I could here a gravelly grinding that matched the pulse. Iím glad I waited for the sound, because it immediately led my mind to a bearing. I pulled the clutch cover, and inspected the clutch lifter bearing. It was shot. Iím waiting on parts to get it back together, and hoping I remain lucky enough to not have to pull the clutch plates.


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    the clutch was also the first thing that actually failed on my NC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StratTuner View Post
    the clutch was also the first thing that actually failed on my NC.
    How many miles did it have on it when it went?


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    Quote Originally Posted by shaggymonkey View Post
    How many miles did it have on it when it went?
    80,000.... I had babied it for years.
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    Well I finally got all the parts in, and waited a week before I found time to put everything back together. I was torquing the bolts on the right side crankcase cover, and snapped one. After that I took a break to calm down and then pulled it all apart again. Luckily, I had enough of a bur on the leftover bolt to tap it out with a nail set. I ordered a new set of bolts, and I'm back to waiting. I'm feeling very thankful for my little CRF250L about now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaggymonkey View Post
    Well I finally got all the parts in, and waited a week before I found time to put everything back together. I was torquing the bolts on the right side crankcase cover, and snapped one. After that I took a break to calm down and then pulled it all apart again. Luckily, I had enough of a bur on the leftover bolt to tap it out with a nail set. I ordered a new set of bolts, and I'm back to waiting. I'm feeling very thankful for my little CRF250L about now.
    Bad torque wrench?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 670cc View Post
    Bad torque wrench?
    No, I bent my three inch extension a couple weeks ago, and pulled out a 6 inch this afternoon instead of getting the right tool. I think that the unwieldy length allowed me to put too much twisting force on the little bolt. I dug through my tools and found another 3 inch extension. Laziness is no excuse for using the wrong tool, I guess.

    The manual also suggests replacing those bolts every time you crack the case. Iíve always reused the bolts twice, but it didnít work out this time.


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    Quote Originally Posted by shaggymonkey View Post
    No, I bent my three inch extension a couple weeks ago, and pulled out a 6 inch this afternoon instead of getting the right tool. I think that the unwieldy length allowed me to put too much twisting force on the little bolt. I dug through my tools and found another 3 inch extension. Laziness is no excuse for using the wrong tool, I guess.

    The manual also suggests replacing those bolts every time you crack the case. Iíve always reused the bolts twice, but it didnít work out this time.

    Are you using a torque wrench? Because the right tool is a torque wrench.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaggymonkey View Post
    No, I bent my three inch extension a couple weeks ago, and pulled out a 6 inch this afternoon instead of getting the right tool. I think that the unwieldy length allowed me to put too much twisting force on the little bolt. I dug through my tools and found another 3 inch extension. Laziness is no excuse for using the wrong tool, I guess.

    The manual also suggests replacing those bolts every time you crack the case. I’ve always reused the bolts twice, but it didn’t work out this time.


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    I’m not following you on how a different length extension changes the reading on the torque wrench, as long as the extension is aligned with the bolt axis and the wrench is perpendicular to the extension. Anyway, I hope you get it sorted out soon. I’m glad it didn’t ruin the engine case.
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    I broke a bolt in the clutch on my old nighthawk. I quit trusting my torque wrench. Really need to get a good one.
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