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Aluminum clutch basket #479131 03/01/13 11:29 am
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I have a brand new "Alloy-Tech" 650 clutch set up from around 1980.It's a clutch basket,pressure plate,plain and lined discs,all made of aluminum.It was included with other parts I bought recently.
So....anyone have actual experience with these light clutches? Is it useful for a limited duration race bike other than it's lighter than steel? Or just a problem waiting to happen?


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Re: Aluminum clutch basket [Re: Hillbilly bike] #479296 03/02/13 4:08 am
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what is the bike being raced in? I have run them in the past and had the steel center come loose, several times and some wear out in no time so keep an eye on it and if its a race bike you will get to see it all the time.:-) I now run a belt drive and have only change the belt once in 10 yrs just to be safe. baskets are starting to wear now and will need replacement soon. 10 yrs I have no bitch. road race seems to be tougher then anything on clutch parts. my 2 cents


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Re: Aluminum clutch basket [Re: phantom309] #479340 03/02/13 11:50 am
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Not a street bike,be used for straight line acceleration and top speed like the Ohio mile and hopefully Bonneville.
I got the part for cheap money,it's a brand new assembly so I want to use it just because I have it.But I don't want something that'll have me wondering about durability.


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Re: Aluminum clutch basket [Re: Hillbilly bike] #479379 03/02/13 3:50 pm
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just took one of my 5 speed 500 motors apart and it had the aluminum basket with 3 broken chain rollers in bottom of the case, opps I had more trouble with the chain tentioner on the 500 breaking. the new ones were cheap so I would get nos, and they lasted much longer. had to change the chain alot befor the belt drive. It wll work fine for you, worst one I had was one I got on eBay that I think it was machined out of butter ;-)Have had the aluminum clutch plates break tabs off though with the stock size tooth. road race is so much harder on everything.


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Re: Aluminum clutch basket [Re: phantom309] #479437 03/02/13 8:56 pm
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This is what I have.The plain clutch plates are marked 'BT&E,the basket has some sort of surface treatment like subtle anodizing. The clutch hub is a virgin,gotta be brand new.These are 30 years old

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Re: Aluminum clutch basket [Re: Hillbilly bike] #479497 03/03/13 5:37 am
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I've seen those Alloy Tech pressure plates at swap meets before, but not the whole clutch.
So, is it worth it just to upgrade the pressure plate? I know folks like the SRM, how about this one?


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