There are two types of UTV owners; one that is generally new to powersports and thinks a CVT belt is how all machines operate and the thought of a manual clutch is like science fiction. Then there are those who came from sport ATV’s or dirt bikes who are used to occasionally having to change clutch plates. The latter thinks it’s no big deal and we agree.
While Yamaha’s manual clutch system is light years better in terms of performance and longevity over any CVT system, it doesn’t last forever. Just like tires and brake pads, the clutch plates wear out. Extreme rock crawling, high altitude climbing and novice drivers can speed up the wear process. In that case, a new clutch is in order.
Rekluse, the guys behind Yamaha’s auto clutch upgrade product, have just released a replacement clutch kit for those who want to improve their manual system or SS system. The kit converts your stock, single spring, clutch to traditional 6-spring set up.
The $599 kit comes with everything you need to replace a stock system that has been slipping or if you are wanting to upgrade a fresh, new car. Included are new fibers and steel plates, A choice different strength springs, stainless steel basket sleeves, a new pressure plate and new hardware. Keep in mind the kit doesn’t come with a new clutch cover gasket, you should pick one of those up from the dealer before doing the install. We picked ours up for under $6.00 through the OEM Parts finder at www.TMSParts.com.
The installation process if very simple. We found the best way to access the clutch cover was by removing the skid plate and working under the car. To get a little more light in the work area, you could remove the cockpit interior side panels as well. In fact, you need to remove the passenger side panel to add and check the oil anyway.
According to Rekluse, the colored springs will increase torque capacity 24 percent using all 6 Red springs, 54 percent using 3 Red and 3 Blue and 65 percent using 6 Blue springs. This is great for highly modified engines or when installing a turbo or supercharger.
Before reinstalling the clutch cover and adding oil, it’s a good idea to check the operation of the clutch by sitting in the car and pumping the clutch peddle and make sure it’s moving correctly.
Button up the job by installing a new cover gasket, the clutch cover and add fresh oil. Again the UTV Garage Video will show you how.
With the mild spring set up, (3 blue and 3 red springs), The clutch has a slightly heavier peddle, which is good because stock its pretty weak and numb feeling. You can feel the clutch holding a tiny bit longer during roll on, sort of encouraging you to give it more throttle on take off.
This seamed to work great with larger 30" inch tires, so now it doesn't seam as boggy when you roll on the throttle from a dead stop. At slow and high-speeds, the clutch holds great and gets the power down as expected. We wouldn't change a thing as far springs go at this point. We have zero complaints and felt an improvement over stock for sure. Shifting through the gears, the transmission felt positive and powerful. In fact, thought our initial test drive, we felt like we regained some power that may have been lost before without us noticing it.
For $599, replaced our burnt out stock plates, added clutch feel, gained some tuning ability and added torque delivery and that's what driving a manual shift YXZ1000R is all about. If you need to upgrade your stick shift YXZ or the SS model, Rekluse has several part numbers that will help. Give them a call at (208) 426-0659 or email customer service at email@example.com. To view their complete line of YXZ, ATV and dirt bike components log on to https://rekluse.com.