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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-11-2017, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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Compared to by old Beemer I find the FJR clutch is hard work to actuate, I don't think there is anything wrong, instead the Beemer was just so easy. Is there any mod' which can be done to soften the clutch pull on the FJR such as an aftermarket slave cylinder or such like?

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The 2016 fjr came with a slipper clutch which is very easy to pull. The old style can be changed over for around $300

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Compared to by old Beemer I find the FJR clutch is hard work to actuate, I don't think there is anything wrong, instead the Beemer was just so easy. Is there any mod' which can be done to soften the clutch pull on the FJR such as an aftermarket slave cylinder or such like?

Hi Tony, yep the clutch is heavy especially if you have problems with your hands like me but i put up with it whilst i can because its one of the very few faults IMO that the FJR has.

Like said upgrading to a slipper clutch is your only answer.

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Hi Tony, yep the clutch is heavy especially if you have problems with your hands like me but i put up with it whilst i can because its one of the very few faults IMO that the FJR has.

Like said upgrading to a slipper clutch is your only answer.
Yes the slipper clutch seems to be the best bet alright, I will cost the parts out here and see if it is viable, I the US cost of part of $300 seems very reasonable.

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Compared to by old Beemer I find the FJR clutch is hard work to actuate, I don't think there is anything wrong, instead the Beemer was just so easy. Is there any mod' which can be done to soften the clutch pull on the FJR such as an aftermarket slave cylinder or such like?
The Gen 1 FJR's were pretty easy to pull.

In 2006 they introduced the automatic shift models and put a smaller slave cylinder on all FJR's to increase the stroke of the clutch rod, so, at least the 06 and 07 had harder pulls. I have an 07 and I bought a Gen. 1 clutch slave cyl. off ebay and it reduces the pull somewhat.

Not as much as a Slipper Clutch but better.

I THINK that your 08 went back to the Gen. 1 slave cylinder, but I am not sure. You might check the part numbers or perhaps someone on here remembers when they went back to the old slave cylinder.

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Yes - just checked the parts fiche for a clutch slave cylinder for a UK bike and it's:-

for an 05 gen 1 - 5JW - 16381 - 00
for my 06 gen 2 - 2D2- 16381 - 00 with a heavy clutch
for an 09 gen2 - 5JW -16381 - 00

I must try to find one - thanks for that heads up Phil.
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Yes - just checked the parts fiche for a clutch slave cylinder for a UK bike and it's:-

for an 05 gen 1 - 5JW - 16381 - 00
for my 06 gen 2 - 2D2- 16381 - 00 with a heavy clutch
for an 09 gen2 - 5JW -16381 - 00

I must try to find one - thanks for that heads up Phil.
Thanks this is very illuminating !!!

I don't know what the exact technical differences are between these slave cylinders, however it is clear from a review I did of many years, from 2004 to 2016, it was only the 2006 thru 2008 years where they put in this particular slave cylinder.

I am guessing that it changed the diameter of the slave cylinder which I think will change the throw distance, all other things being kept equal. This means, as has been mentioned in another blog, that the clutch might catch further out, not as close in, as it does with the 2006 thru 2008 cylinder. So that is just something that one would need to get used to.

I'm probably going to start with changing this slave cylinder out of my 2007 FJR and see if I get any improvement prior to doing the entire clutch rebuild.

I compared all of these part numbers in contemplating a change. If you have a 2014 unit you really don't have as many parts that are different than the 2016. But if you have a 2006 to 2008 you might need to purchase a few more parts. For example something called a Ring Set was excluded from 2006 thru 2008 and who knows but if you do a clutch change you might want to put that in. Same weird thing as with the slave cylinder.
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