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Slipping Clutch?

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  1. benlau

    benlau New Member

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    I bought a 2012 CC in January. Need some help to diagnosis slow acceleration (otherwise needs high RPM to up to speed). At a lower speed under 40mph, I need to upshift more often (to the 5th gear) compared to my 2013 Boardwalk. Previous owner had installed the Power Commander V. Stock pipes with baffles removed. Symptoms below:
    • Poor acceleration from 1st to 3rd gear. Often times I must engage in 4th gear to run the bike only about 30mph to keep the RPM below 2,000.
    • Strong smell of gas residual, if it's not a burning smell.
    • Sometimes the bike would hop a little when down shifting between 2nd to 1st gear at 10mph
    • Today I just noticed at a stoplight, the bike creeps, hops forward with the clutch lever fully pulled in, 1st gear.
    • Shifting between gears is smooth.
    • The clutch cable tension seems fine.
    Does it sound like slipping clutch? I'm not tech-inclined so have no idea if the Power Commander V would contribute to any of these issues? The oil seems good so I haven't done an oil change and have no clue what oil is in the engine.

    Thanks!
     
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    First off why do you try to keep it below 2000 rpm? These engines are meant to rev and don't like anything below 2300-2500 rpm's. They don't start making good power until 2700 and their happy zone for fun is over 3k.
    You say "clutch cable tension" seems fine, it's not about the tension it's about the slack/play at the lever. You need slack or the clutch won't fully release and grab. If you can't"wiggle" the lever when riding along in gear, the cable is too tight.
    Lastly dump the oil and put in the correct 20-40w semi-synthetic JASO MA rated oil.
     
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    Creeping at a light means adjust cable. You must do this overnight cold. See your manual for this procedure. Next dump that oil if you don’t know what’s in it. Get some Vic oil ( change kit ) or Spectro 20/40 semi synthetic or Rotella T5. Get a new Wix filter.
    Gutted stock exhaust ( no baffles) tells me your low end torque is gone. For this you will want to send that gutted exhaust to @crosscountryla a member here who specializes in taking stock exhaust and making them perform at different sound levels of your choice. While the bike is down and your waiting on your new exhaust to return you can sort thru the other items that are needed to be done. Check battery connections. Clean and tighten with a 10mm wrench. Lube clutch cable.
    Have you had any contact with the previous owner or is this a dealer bike ? Find out as much information about it that you can.
     
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    @benlau Has it ran like this the whole time you’ve had the bike or just recently started running crappy?
     
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    DONT LUBE THE CLUTCH CABLE
     
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  7. benlau

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    That 2,700 rpm happy zone relieves my concern but I just feel that the bike is underpowered in 1st to 4th gear. I'll do the oil first and report back. Thanks!
     
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    Good advice! Just ordered the Amsoil oil. The previous owner had no clue.
     
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    Well, I bought it in January Chicago Winter for just a parking test ride. Took it out in mid-March and it's been like that.
     
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    Willing to learn more. Many folks do that though.
     
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    Just clean and grease the ballends.
     
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    @benlau is the Amsoil JASO ma/ma2 certified?

    also, my Vic is extremely happy at 3k cruising rpm. No matter what gear I’m in, my rpms are between 2800-3100 when cruising. These things like to rev. Don’t lug it.
     
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  13. benlau

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    I read somewhere the AMSoil is MA/MA2 certified. A lot of Vic guys are using it.
     
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    The cable is teflon lined inside the sleeve and oil will destroy it.
    Hate to say but Amsoil is the one synthetic oil that a few in the past swore is what made their clutch start slipping. If possible I'd cancel and try Spectro Golden 20-40.
     
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    Certainly @slickvic must be losing the plot telling you to " lube the clutch cable"!
    Clean and grease and adjust like in the video above.
     

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