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I guess my next question is what to watch out for doing this job. I've got to either pull the rear frame bolts and tilt the engine down, or remove both and drop everything out the bottom. Remove the mufflers. Undo the UJoint. Lift the back end of the bike. Unbolt the transmission. It's probably a half hour's work, but being the first time with Guzzis and this one, it'll probably be more like two or three. Sound reasonable? Hope the front bolt isn't frozen.
What exactly happened there, Dan? Was the center disc the problem? Was that all that required replacing? In the photo I see an old disc and a new one. Are you saying the new disc needed work to operate properly? How did you know that? Was it warped? If so, why not return it for a better one? What's the back story? Had the clutch been recently rebuilt before this? Or did it go bad and that's what you found opening it up?
The new intermediate disc Dan bought was one of a batch made incorrectly by/for Stein Dinse. The teeth on the outer perimeter weren't right and they didn't fit. I tried to send the one I bought back, but was told to just keep it and and a replacement was sent. The same one supplied now does fit correctly, but I prefer to buy the slightly more expensive "new and improved" one for a few dollars more. I've never seen the need for the slots unless the bike is going to be dragging a sidecar or some similar heavy duty use. With the careful choice of parts, correctly installed and adjusted properly, there's no reason a Guzzi clutch won't work the same cool or hot.
Nice bike danedg! Those are some HUGE cases! I've never seen such large luggage.Thanks for filling in the data for me. Appreciate it. Was the intermediate disc one of those Charlie just mentioned from Stein Dinse? I feel sufficiently bolstered, Charlie. I just need to find the good parts. Is this the one for 34.75 euro?http://www.stein-dinse.biz/Moto-Guzzi/Clutch/New-Version/Clutch-disc-MG-big-model-new-version-SD-TEC::1947.htmlOr should I get these?http://www.stein-dinse.biz/Moto-Guzzi/Clutch/New-Version/Clutch-disc-MG-big-Model-new-version-AP::5218.html#prettyPhotoOr would this be the way to go:http://www.stein-dinse.biz/Moto-Guzzi/Clutch/New-Version/Clutch-Kit-new-version-big-Model::790.html#prettyPhotoI can't seem to find the intermediate disc separately on that site, to verify which is the best - but I guess the one that's slightly more expensive would be the one. Since Matt has offered to let me do the job over there, I should probably have everything needed, just in case, to ensure it's all back together the same day.
I'll try to get some pix up of the bike. It's my loudest one yet... I think it's got Bubs.
I've gotten an offer to buy two new SD discs, almost new unmarked flywheel, intermediate plate and good 4mm hub for $250. Not sure if I'll need a flywheel, but with the way this thing has been acting up,
I am wondering if anyone else has tried this intermediate plate out that is offered by Moe at Cycle Garden.http://images.cyclegarden.com/ebay/interplate.jpgThey are offered on Ebay and I would assume by mail or at the shop.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Moto-Guzzi-Eldorado-ambassador-V700-T-T3-G5-LMI-Clutch-Intermediate-plate-/171642492309?hash=item27f6b09595:g:Gy8AAOSwxYxUtwG3&vxp=mtrI bought one. I can't yet give any report on its life or effect on other components. I can say, it is a very nice fit in my near pristine flywheel. The fact that its hardened makes great sense as far as wear on the friction surfaces. My only doubt is that since it is hardened, will it have a damaging effect on the flywheel teeth. Though due to its nice fit, it has very little play in the flywheel teeth.Seems to be a very good product.Any word on Moe's recovery? Wishing him the best of course
Yeah, it is a cool bike. Not my first choice aesthetically, but it's growing on me. I'm starting to lean towards getting the clutch discs and maybe even the intermediate, from MG Cycle. Just git er done.
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