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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-31-2009, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
 
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clutch cover removed....why?

I'm noticing some pictures on this site where the clutch covers are being removed. Can someone chime in and tell me what the advantage is. Seems like it would be a little safer to have it on there in case your clutch starts to fail and fly apart or even the belt....
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Re: clutch cover removed....why?

I leave mine on, to keep the dirt out. But the racers need it off for cooling and easy belt changes.
Your right, when a belt dose go, they grenade!



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Re: clutch cover removed....why?

I removed mine after one grenaded during a race to replace it and left if off for racing. Also mine rubbed a little. I also added a sheet metal firewall between me and the motor so hopefully that will catch any belt parts that try to come towards me.
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Re: clutch cover removed....why?

I think Jay (four by nut) said he has had a weight break and end up in the back of his seat!

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I think Jay (four by nut) said he has had a weight break and end up in the back of his seat!
I had the driven clutch weights (all 4 of them) break at the same time (came off a jump doing about 50mph and completely let off the throttle in the air..........OOPS). One went into the oil reservoir and stopped there. It didn't go all the way through. I never did find the other 3 broken pieces.

Because of this, I have tried to keep mine on up to this point. I had to go so far as to change the bolts holding the cover in place to ones tightened by an allen wrench and loctited. I have found it has kept the cover on well during races, but makes it nearly impossible to change a belt in a reasonable amount of time during a race. And I also found that the belt was rubbing the screws and parts inside and was tearing up the belt a bit. So I recently removed my guard (before my last race). I then built an aluminum shield for the oil reservoir. I don't intend to build a firewall. Per BITD regulations, the firewall is really only needed because the battery is in the compartment with the driver. So I intend to box the batter and possibly relocate it. Thus.......no firewall needed.

People can go either way. I have heard stories of guys with Rhinos and such having clutch weights break and go through their aluminum roofs. Never seen it in person...........so not sure what it took to make that happen.

To each his own...........
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Re: clutch cover removed....why?

I've had many belts come apart and I'm still trying to troubleshoot that problem. I did find an alignment issue which I solved (thanks to SC Revolt), although I have not been out since adjusting it to the shop manual's spec. I'm hoping for more than 100 miles out of my belts.
When I did have belts let go though, they took out an oil lines, neg battery cable, oil tank and tore the cover mounting holes apart. I use the cover because the terrain I run here in Maine dictates it. (no sand dunes here) I am working on a quick mount/release system for my belt cover. It will allow for a belt change with out tools. It's still in the testing phase along with other items for the Revolt.
Also, I knew from snowmobile riding that CVT's do require maintenance. Purchase some Comet dry lube spray and lube those primary clutch weights at their pivot/slide points. I'm not sure about the secondary. I took mine apart and there doesn't seem to be any serious wear on either the helix's or the rollers so I just sprayed a small amount of lube on the ID of each nylon roller. Do not use oil on your clutch. It just attracks dirt and compounds the wear.
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. I took mine apart and there doesn't seem to be any serious wear on either the helix's or the rollers so I just sprayed a small amount of lube on the ID of each nylon roller. Do not use oil on your clutch. It just attracks dirt and compounds the wear.
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