Kawasaki Ninja Service Manual: Spring Plate Free Play Measurement

Kawasaki Ninja Service Manual / Clutch / Clutch / Spring Plate Free Play Measurement

Insufficient clutch free play will cause the engine braking effect to be more sudden, resulting in rear wheel hop. On the other hand, if the free play is excessive, the clutch lever may feel “spongy” or pulsate when pulled.

Spring Plate Free Play Measurement


Spring Plate Free Play Usable Range: 0.05 0.70 mm (0.002
0.028 in.)


Spring Plate Free Play Measurement


If the free play is not within the usable range, change all of the friction plate and measure the free play again.

If the free play is not within the usable range, adjust the free play (see Spring Plate Free Play Adjustment).

Clutch Installation
Apply engine oil to the needle bearing [A] and the sleeve [B]. Install: Needle Bearing Sleeve Install the clutch housing [A]. Fit the holes [B] and projections [C]. Engage the ...

Spring Plate Free Play Adjustment
NOTE The free play adjustment is performed by replacing the steel plate(s). Measure the clutch spring plate free play (see Clutch Spring Plate Free Play Measurement), and then replace the st ...

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Moving Off
Check that the side stand is up. Pull in the clutch lever. Shift into 1st gear. Open the throttle a little, and start to let out the clutch lever very slowly. As the clutch starts to engage, open the throttle a littlemore, giving the engine just enough fuel to keep it from stallin ...

Shift Fork Guide Pin/Drum Groove Wear Inspection
Measure the diameter of each shift fork guide pin [A], and measure the width [B] of each shift drum groove. If the guide pin on any shift fork is less than the service limit, the fork must be replaced. Shift Fork Guide Pin Diameter Standard: 6.9 7.0 mm (0.272 0.276 in.) Service Limit: ...

What Am I Responsible For?
You are responsible for maintaining your vehicle according to the maintenance schedule shown in this owner’s manual. You are responsible for notifying your dealer immediately if there is a problem, and you, as the owner, will need to authorize the dealer to inspect the unit. You will be re ...