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Old 11-29-2012, 12:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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2001 sx500r Clutching

I sold my buddy my 2001 yamaha sx500r that I used when I use to live in Wisconsin. Hes putting a 136 on it with the 8T drivers and set his gearing to 17t-39T. Everything has been going well until he brought his sled in to do a clutching set up. Neither of us are educated in the clutch tuning department. We saw that weights and springs werent to expensive. The mechanic told us it would take about an hours worth of work and around 40 dollars in parts to take this sleds clutching from wisconsin sea level trail riding to the style of riding in Utah between 7K and 10K feet. A few days later he got a call and said it would be 380 dollars to fix!!! Couldn't beleieve it. Exspecially considering what he was originally told and I sold him the sled for 500. He mentioned something about the bushing going bad etc etc....My questions is this....would it be worth the 380 dollars to pay for this clutching tune up or is it something that an average person can do with a little extra time but a lot less dime??? How much do you usually see used clutches go for with good bushing etc?? I guess my buddy and I's goal is to get out of this as cheap as possible and have the clutching set up properly to ride out here. How would i find out what weights and springs to use, and have the proper WOT RPM's. Any advice or tips and anything is much appreciated. I just hope its realistic for us to take this clutching issue into are own hands and not have to pay this much!!! Thanks. Dan. Pray for snow!!!!
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow thats a swing! Gotta Love those Stealers! Was it actually a Yamaha Dealer?
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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depending on which bushings and wear parts are needing replaced, you could easily rack up a parts bill of over $200. add in the labor to disassemble and reassemble the clutch assuming the sliding sheave bushing is being replaced and you could easily factor in another $100 for labor. without knowing the whole story and what all parts need replacing or to be replaced in the higher estimate, probably not that far off.

you can find used clutches on the average of $200 and up, but you never really know what your getting so it could be a step backwards.

you can service or install all the parts necessary yourself to make that sled work at its new location except for the sliding sheave bushing. you need special tools and a bit of know how to perform this procedure.

i would get some more info as to what all needs to be done or replaced and if in fact that sheave bushing needs replaced, have the shop fix that for you.

from there you can install the other parts and probably save some cash on parts from discount online parts suppliers loading your own clutch.

if the shop is familiar with this machine and its high altitude requirements, you may be ahead of the game going that route. from there i would suggest using clutching specs from a 2000 or 2001 phazer mtn lite.
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