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Hydraulic Clutch Conversion #468874
12/22/12 9:28 pm
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I am considering converting the clutch operation on my '73 TR&V to a hydraulic unit sold through British Cycle Supply. Does anyone know of this unit,experience,use,success or problems?

Thanks,

Ronald Linton


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Re: Hydraulic Clutch Conversion [Re: Ronald Linton] #468878
12/22/12 9:46 pm
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Originally Posted By: Ronald Linton
problems?


Some guy by the name of GRUFF, over on one of the UK forums tried one out and found it to be an ON/OFF situation without the ability to 'feather' the clutch if needed.

Don't think it stayed on too long- but theoretically it should be a good idea?



1978 Bonneville T140V PX
Re: Hydraulic Clutch Conversion [Re: JBMorris] #468894
12/22/12 11:28 pm
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Re: Hydraulic Clutch Conversion [Re: Ronald Linton] #468898
12/23/12 12:27 am
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Hi Ron,
I too am trying to ease the clutch force and found a device at motorcycle-suoerstore.com: the Moose Racing Easy-Pull Clutch System. Going on my Lightning.

Seems an elegant solution, goes in line of clutch cable and got good reviews; I have just received it, so have not tried it out yet. In the New Year should get to it...

Hate to stomp on Brit Cycle Supply as I love them, but... much less expensive device!

John M
BSA Lightning Clubman
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Re: Hydraulic Clutch Conversion [Re: Ronald Linton] #468903
12/23/12 1:29 am
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Many years ago I cut the tendons and a nerve in my left wrist. After I healed I used an Easy Pull for a while, they do help.
Ron if you want to give it a try before spending big $ on a hydraulic clutch pm me your address and I'll send you mine.


When given the choice between two evils I picked the one I haven't tried before
Re: Hydraulic Clutch Conversion [Re: Ronald Linton] #468937
12/23/12 11:38 am
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I thought about it for my 79 and chatted to Phil at LP Williams.

he kind of talked me out of it.

On a 79 you loose the all in one switchgear if fitting the clutch assembly, and if you're a neat freak, have to do something about the non matching brake side.

I fitted a 7 plate clutch kit with T120 springs. I already have an SRM (I think) clutch outer and have a Venhill featherlight cable. You need to get the routing right or the clutch will feel heavy

Re: Hydraulic Clutch Conversion [Re: Ronald Linton] #468942
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Ronald,
Last year I needed to come up with a way to reduce the 40 lbs of pull that my clutch needed. I searched around on this site and decided that the first thing I should try is a new cable. It cost ~$25 and cut the pull in half. Close enough for me.


Please do not believe anything I write. I am a hack but I like to guess the right answers.
Re: Hydraulic Clutch Conversion [Re: Ronald Linton] #468977
12/23/12 5:50 pm
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You do not necessarily loose the switch cluster. It depends upon which hydraulic clutch you get.

The mount is symmetrical so can be used on either side. I also have one for the original AP master cylinder.

Re: Hydraulic Clutch Conversion [Re: DMadigan] #469010
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Originally Posted By: DMadigan
You do not necessarily loose the switch cluster. It depends upon which hydraulic clutch you get.
The mount is symmetrical so can be used on either side. I also have one for the original AP master cylinder.

Tidy. Nice work!

Re: Hydraulic Clutch Conversion [Re: Excalibur] #469073
12/24/12 10:13 am
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This is an early Speed Triple master cylinder mated to a PSP (aka Les Wiliams) clutch. It worked fine, but I did need to cut off the lever mount on the original Lucas switch.

Photo copyright of Steve Myatt.



Bob


Phatt Bob
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Re: Hydraulic Clutch Conversion [Re: Ronald Linton] #469244
12/25/12 5:28 pm
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...if you wanted to keep the bike original looking,why not mount a BMW R series front brake master cylinder under the petrol tank(cable operated)then an hydraulic hose down to the gear box with the rubber cover,then to the slave cylinder?Picture of said master cylinder to follow when I can find a good print.I sold one a long time ago & had replaced the large reservoir with a 35m film container so it'd fit under my '65 tank... but,never got 'round to fitting it.. Seasons greetings all!


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