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How to center the clutch plate
11/04/18 at 10:33:42
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Can anyone let me know their technique for centering the clutch plate on a 1979 R65.  I have seen a tool for /5, /6 and K bikes but haven't come across one for the R65.

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Re: How to center the clutch plate
Reply #1 - 11/04/18 at 11:31:16
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I have the later clutch carrier, I don't know if this will work on the earlier bikes.
I install the clutch plate and the rear plate, I can't remember if it's the pressure ring or plate .
Before I tighten the bolts. I measure the distance from the clutch plate to the edge of the rear plate, get as close as possible to even all the way around .
Put the transmission on and install all the fasteners but don't tighten them up all the way leave it a few threads before it tightens up, insert the clutch rod through the transmission until it stops .
I rotate the output of the transmission and either push on the clutch rod, or use a rubber mallet to hit the rod, you don't need a lot of force .
Hasn't failed me yet .
  

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'82 R65 LS  
'84 R65 LS
'87 Moto Guzzi V65 Lario
'02 R1150R
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I'll give up my R65, when they pry my cold dead hands from the handlebars !!!!!
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Re: How to center the clutch plate
Reply #2 - 11/04/18 at 14:55:01
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Jschara wrote on 11/04/18 at 10:33:42:
Can anyone let me know their technique for centering the clutch plate on a 1979 R65.  I have seen a tool for /5, /6 and K bikes but haven't come across one for the R65.

Jim


You are looking for a tool for pre-1981 airheads. I don't think there is any difference right back to the R50/R75 inception, but if you look for a tool that will fit a stroke 7 R100/R80 then it will fit the R65.

Alternatively you can use a dial gauge to center the plate, but I'm here to tell you that is slow and tedious.

Code: 99350 at Motobins for GBP13.00 and it would appear I'm right, the same tool fits virtually all pre-1981  bikes.

  

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Re: How to center the clutch plate
Reply #3 - 11/04/18 at 16:02:39
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It it the same clutch alignment tool that I use on my 79 R 90/6 and my 82 R 65
  

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Re: How to center the clutch plate
Reply #4 - 11/04/18 at 16:24:04
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Never looked at a R65 clutch, but i turned up a centering tool out of wood on my metal lathe to do my ford cortina clutch and it worked well.
  
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Re: How to center the clutch plate
Reply #5 - 11/04/18 at 17:14:20
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skippyc wrote on 11/04/18 at 16:24:04:
i turned up a centering tool out of wood on my metal lathe to do my ford cortina clutch and it worked well.


That would work a treat!
  

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Re: How to center the clutch plate
Reply #6 - 11/05/18 at 03:32:20
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I used a PVC pipe of the same diameter as the hole. Glued a bit of plastic to close the front, and drilled a hole in the center for the clutch actuation rod. The bit of plastic was from the cap of a jug...
The longest part was to find the correct plastic parts and glue them...
Can't post a pict as I've unfortunately binned the tool in a tidying crisis...
  
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Re: How to center the clutch plate
Reply #7 - 11/05/18 at 16:11:12
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georgesgiralt wrote on 11/05/18 at 03:32:20:
I've unfortunately binned the tool in a tidying crisis.

Isn't that a problem when cleaning up, it's why i try to avoid doing it.
  
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Re: How to center the clutch plate
Reply #8 - 11/07/18 at 13:23:59
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I was looking at the Euro Motoelectrics site today and came across this clutch alignment tool for early  R65''s .

https://www.euromotoelectrics.com/product-p/clutchtool-ahearly.htm


Here's one for '81 and later year  bikes .

https://www.euromotoelectrics.com/product-p/clutchtool-ahlate.htm
  

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'82 R65 LS  
'84 R65 LS
'87 Moto Guzzi V65 Lario
'02 R1150R
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Re: How to center the clutch plate
Reply #9 - 11/07/18 at 16:44:36
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Thanks to all who replied to my question.
Bob-Rooler, I ordered the tool from EME.

Jim

  
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