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    2004 R1150RT clutch replacement

    Hello,
    Just purchased an '04 R1150RT w/57K miles. Bike is in pretty good shape. The clutch engages at the very end of the clutch lever travel (going out). Is that a sign that clutch replacement is called for, ugh right around the corner? If so, approximately what can I expect this to cost at a dealer (East Tenn.)?
    Sorry if this has been answered already. Went thru about 20 pages of the Forum without seeing any discussion on this topic.

    Sam Creasman

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    Quote Originally Posted by 44260 View Post
    Hello,
    Just purchased an '04 R1150RT w/57K miles. Bike is in pretty good shape. The clutch engages at the very end of the clutch lever travel (going out). Is that a sign that clutch replacement is called for, ugh right around the corner? If so, approximately what can I expect this to cost at a dealer (East Tenn.)?
    Sorry if this has been answered already. Went thru about 20 pages of the Forum without seeing any discussion on this topic.

    Sam Creasman
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    Paul Glaves - "Big Bend", Texas U.S.A
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    Ignore this post, I confused my RT models
    Last edited by senseamidmadness; 09-16-2021 at 11:10 AM.
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    Clutch adjustment

    This bike will have a hydraulic clutch, so no cable adjustment.
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    Make sure that the clutch fluid is in the middle of the reservoir. The clutch mechanism is sensitive to the height of the fluid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by m_stock10506 View Post
    Make sure that the clutch fluid is in the middle of the reservoir. The clutch mechanism is sensitive to the height of the fluid.
    Now that I'm not confused about which RT this is, I second this.

    Since you're new to this RT, Sam, you should know that the hydraulic clutch mechanism causes the fluid in the clutch reservoir to rise as the friction disc wears, which is backwards from what most people are used to with brakes. Your reservoir could be too full, so check your sight glass. If it's visibly too full and you attempt to pull fluid out of it wear latex gloves and eye protection, and lay down some paper towels all around the cap before you open it. The reservoir could be under pressure and a spray of brake fluid is dangerous to your paint and your health.
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    IMHO
    If the clutch is smooth, I would check the fluid level and not worry about it.
    But thats just me
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    2004 R1150RT Clutch

    Thanks to everyone for your helpful responses.
    Part of the issue was my Forrest Gump moment - "Stupid is, as Stupid does, Sir"...

    I had adjusted the clutch lever to what I thought was the closest position, when in fact I adjusted it to the furtherest position.
    Checked the clutch fluid level and sucked a small amount out to get the fluid back to the proper position on the site glass and then adjusted the lever position to where I really wanted it.

    Much better now.
    I am slowly making the transition back to Oilheads after my stint with my R100RS

    Thanks to all,
    Sam

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    Hey, we love the easy solutions! Good to hear it was just something minor and not a serious clutch problem.
    Owner of the saddest 1997 R850R you ever did see.

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