The clutch holds the key to yoru motocross bike's performance. If your clutch is not doing its part, you may find your engine difficult to control, regardless if you are an ace motorcross player. Here are some tips for an excellent clutch.

If you are using those Factory Clutch Springs take those off and replace them with stiffer clutch. Bike factories never use maximum performance parts when assembling the clutch. High performance parts usually cost more money than those being used by factories. Don't forget that you still have change every spring. Usually two or three will do but you can experiment on what works for you.

Your transmission oil should not be overlooked. It's not the same as cars and trucks wherein you can change the oil once a year only. Ideally, your oil must be replaced every two or three races. It may sound too much for you, but changing the oil is cheaper than a transmission overhaul. Remember that the crud that you pick up on the track accumulates and will put early stress on your clutch plates.

Always carry extra shims for emergencies. You'll never know when you're going to need these things. Emergencies may happen in the middle of a race and you won't be able to remedy the situation. Just insert the right washer under the bolt. The added thickness will preload your springs and take away that spongy feeling in your clutch.

Top off your transmission to the proper level with Automatic Transmission Fluid, that is, if it is GM compatible. Avoid using a Ford type fluid. The difference between the two is GM fluid grips better than a Ford fluid which is slick as molasses.

Using a factory-installed aluminum clutch plates should be avoided. These plates are suitable only for regular use but not tough enough for extended motocross use. Steel plates are heavier but more durable and can hold up better than factory-installed aluminum clutch plates. There are two drawbacks for aluminum plates. First, the can wear off faster compared to steel and they leave a metallic residue in the oil which can also affect the mechanical parts. Two, aluminum warps easily when subjected to extreme heat generated in motocross.

Aging plates build up a glaze layer on the surface which makes them slip more noticeably. When this slippage is noticed, take out your fiber clutch plates and sand the surface to remove the slippery glaze. After you do the cleaning, reinstall it.

Make sure your clutch lever isn't set too tight. Set it so that a quarter can slide between the lever perch and the lever without catching the clutch cable.

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