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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Sep 22nd, 2008, 3:58 pm Thread Starter
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Question Open Clutch Cover for Track?

I had a open clutch cover when I bought my cycle. I replaced it with a closed cover, 'cause I was tired of people asking me about the sound. I am prepping my ride for an upcoming track day now.

Is there an advantage of having an open clutch cover for the track?
If so, is it absolutely necessary to change the pressure plate too, or can I use the stock pressure plate with open clutch cover?

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Open cover vents better for race starts and lets dust out. Pressure plate doesn't care what cover you run.

Doesn't make much difference for recreational track days. In fact, a stock cover usually protects the clutch better if the bike goes down.

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I had a open clutch cover when I bought my cycle. I replaced it with a closed cover, 'cause I was tired of people asking me about the sound. I am prepping my ride for an upcoming track day now.

Is there an advantage of having an open clutch cover for the track?
If so, is it absolutely necessary to change the pressure plate too, or can I use the stock pressure plate with open clutch cover?
I'd run the cover that was most protective on the track day.
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buku bucks if you dump the bike on the clutch side. That said, I rode both of my track days without a clutch cover. When $ permits, an axlejax is in store for me.

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I've been using no clutch cover at all recently... I've not really found a clutch cover (with vent's) that has any substantial protection from anything but minor crashes. There are a few ones, like the one thats currently used on the WSB bikes, that is basically a ring that extends out from the housing, so if the bike were to slide, it wouldn't rest on the clutch itself. If they were $50 bux, I'd buy one... but sadly, they're $250 and not worth it. I might be shooting myself in the foot when I crash, but I have a suspicion the clutch pack being damaged, will be the least on my mind.



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My last crash was a lowside on the clutch side. I have a stock cover milled out to look like a factory corse piece. The bike skipped along for 100-150 yards, up and over some fia curbing, and back onto the track while spinning on the clutch cover. It held up fine, no clutch damage.

After I fixed everything, I left the rashed cover, because I think it looks kinda hard-core.

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Wow, that woodcraft cover is pretty sweet...never seen that before!
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