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Daniel W

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Just purchased my first VMAX this winter and have been loving it with the exception of a slight clutch slip in the top of 4th and 5th gears. I am planning on replacing with a Barnett clutch pack and full size last friction plate and with a pcw spring. This may be a silly question, but why does the Barnett kit come with 10 frictions and 9 steels when the oem clutch pack has 8 frictions and 7 steels? Also, even though I am not doing the dd mod but still wanting to replace the half friction plate for a full, do I need to remove the wire, clutch boss spring, and spring seat for my setup or should I reassemble with all of them back in? I have read the levelhead forum but cannot seem to figure out what I should do. I appreciate all the help in advance!
 

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Can't tell you why Barnett sent you extra plates.

Yes, remove the wire, half size friction and steel plate, spring, and spring seat. Install a full size friction and steel plate in their place.
 

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I strongly agree with Sean. I bought a set of Barnetts. Don't do it!! They are thinner, way thinner. shifting was notchy and trying to find neutral. forget it. I went ahd and installed all new everything clutch OEM. No problems.
 

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The diaphragm spring is a poor excuse for clutch engagement. I put a pressure plate and it is functional however I will go back to stock friction and steel plates with a centrifugal lock up, I ran one on my Super=comp and Super -gas bikes and never had to adjust anything.
 

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Another vote for, "leave the Barnetts on the shelf." I've used OEM Yamaha discs whenever I've needed to replace 'em. There's nothing the matter with a diaphragm spring, and the PCW is better than the double-diaphragm disc mod, which makes urban riding no-fun. Maybe for dragstrip use.

The question about the extra friction disc in the Barnett set is because of the thickness: thinner friction discs require an additional friction disc, I expect.
 
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I used the Barnett clutch and with the help of others at Thunder that yr we set it up like the Double D with new yamaha fibers plus instead of the 60 lb springs I bought 100 lb springs off of Don Bricker and installed them . It ended up working great for me even with the nitrous . Maybe I just got lucky but ran that set up for 4 yrs. before selling the bike.
 

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