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.