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    R60/5 Clutch Shot and splines bad

    So we measured the specs on the clutch and the diaphragm spring - both are shot.

    Want to send the clutch to Southland clutch in San Diego but looking for a used & worn clutch with good splines, as Southland doesn't work on splines. I asked Dan if I bought a used clutch with good splines would he be able to work with it and he said he could. He charges @ $200 for his service so this approach beats buying all new components. I will buy a new diaphragm spring.

    I saw this one online - what do you think?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-R60-5-R6...a6528f&vxp=mtr

    Loving this project so far!
    Ken Tuvman
    Excelsior, MN
    K75s, R65LS, R60/5

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    Ken if your going to spend $200 rebuilding a used clutch plate why not buy new? Max BMW shows $142 for the disk and $60 for the spring.

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    Apparently there's more to the story - southland clutch says due to age of pressure plates, mating surfaces will be cupped - from what I've read they have a more precise way to resurface clutch so all surfaces mate. I will need a new diaphragm spring.

    If anyone has a worn clutch for sale for my '73 R60/5 with good splines, please PM me.
    Last edited by kentuvman; 01-30-2013 at 02:05 PM.
    Ken Tuvman
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    K75s, R65LS, R60/5

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    Have put a straight edge across those components to check them?

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    We did. Probably a new clutch would be okay but I've heard great reviews about the service done at Southland Clutch. It runs @ $200.
    Ken Tuvman
    Excelsior, MN
    K75s, R65LS, R60/5

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    Just a thought -

    Southland is going to be $200, plus the ebay clutch $70, plus the new spring $60, for a total of $330.

    If you bought a new clutch $143, plus the new spring $60, the total is $203.

    There some discussion about the pressure plate and compression ring wearing, but I've got almost 200K on my bike, have replaced the clutch a couple of times, the spring once, and haven't noticed any problems with the plate and ring wearing.

    Why don't you check them with a straight edge, and if there isn't any sign of a taper in towards the center, clean them up with emory cloth, spend the $203 on the stock clutch and new spring, and see how it works? You will have saved approx $130.

    Then, in another 50K or so miles, if you've worn out the clutch and want to go Southland, you'll be able to send them all your own stuff, as the splines will be ok.

    Not sure what the right answer is. Lots of good feedback about Southland's work. Only trouble is that once you go that route, you can't use a stock clutch.

    If you didn't have to pay for a used clutch, Southland would be the clear path, but since you have to replace the clutch .....

    I never thought about keeping my old clutch. If I had, I'd send it to you. Maybe somebody else has one and would be willing to give it up for far less than the eBay example?

    Barron

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