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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-26-2016, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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Clutch Replacement

My '03 is feeling a bit off in the clutch so I decided to order a clutch kit from @RidersDiscount . I requested a Barnett kit that has the replacement springs. So the conversation is paraphrased below:


My oil type was requested:
Castrol 100% Synthetic- 10 W 40


Riders Discount's response:

Redacted out of courtesy to RD....

So what is the scoop on clutches? Please report up some of your experiences...

This thread is not to bash Riders Discount but to get real application/usage data from those of you who have experience from aftermarket clutch kits. I do appreciate the guidance on their behalf.



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i use only OEM PLATES. the price difference is negligible when ordering online.

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Maybe that was RD's way of telling you something about the current state of barnett. Did they outsourse to China or some inferior manufacturer?

I have some 20K miles on my SP1 kit that came with discs, plates and springs.
You know how I ride, I don't baby it!
I've used Mobil 1, Honda HP4S, and Castrol. All full synthetic.
I have had zero issues, and the springs gave me a better feel at the clutch handle than the OEM's they replaced.

Pretty sure I bought them thru Nathan when he was still rep for RD here on the forum. We didn't have any conversation like you described. But that was in 2012.

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I hope your right Jon and they were not out soursed . I replaced mine with Barnett and use Motul 300V ! Never heard that one ...if so that sucks for me

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Roger was telling me that the barnetts (which I supplied) felt rather soft during my rebuild and that he only uses OEM as well...If adding power, they may shed their fibers more easily as I found out.

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I wonder if rider weight would affect wear?

I'm only 180-190 lbs. with gear. Maybe the big boys would notice more wear?

For those that haven't already seen this pic, heres a SP1 OEM and Barnett side by side.
Notice the extra steel and friction discs that the Barnett has, as well as the fact that mine was a kevlar disc set.
More friction surface, but slightly thinner discs. (I think, I don't know for a fact-never mic'd them)




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Have you decided what you're going to do?

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ENGINE WAS SENT back to Roger for complete rebuild.

John Ethel is being sued in CA court system for balance. When you put in writing that you ignored the low oil pressure warning light because you thought it was an electrical problem, and it wasn't, then you pay the price for your misguided assumption.
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I'm using Motul 300V so hopefully everything is gonna be the same as you Jon . I am going to leave my Barnett installed, after all I went on your results Jon I never heard that before . same weight as you soo gonna ride the titts off the SP-1 hopefully this year... We both know what Mad John is gonna do OOOOOOOOOOOEEEEEEEEEEEEMMMMMMMMMMMM. That's my bet

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Could anyone please recommend a good brand kit with part number and source to get it from?
Thank you in advance and gladly appreciate it!
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