Clutch Problems, Advice Needed Please!
I am currently in Lima, Peru, traveling on a Honda NX400 Falcon. A Brazilian made Honda enduro based on an XR400 motor.
I came into Lima on a wafer thin clutch (already starting to slip a little when I´d hit the gas hard in 5th gear). I went to the mechanic and bought new plates, the separators were new in Mendoza (5000 km ago). I went to Tato next to desert sport racing.
After having the mechanic replace the 6 clutch discs (part# 7 & 8), the mechanic also advised me that I should consider reapalcing my housing (?, don´t know the name of this, but parts # 3 & 5) because they were slightly worn. He told me my clutch would not last as long if I didn´t replace these.
Within a couple of km´s riding the bike, it would often lurch forward when starting off in first gear, making an awful metal on metal sound. I was able to avoid this with delicate starts. I promptly returned to the mechanic, who at first denied there was any problem and said it was due to my riding. I found this remark a little bothersome. After I refused to buy into that explaination, he said it was my separators (parts #9,12 & 6). When I informed him that those parts were fairly new, he came back to parts #3 & 5 and then threw in #10 for good measure.
Thus my dillema, I do not think the clutch was assembled properly and now has a problem. Could this problem be caused by the parts he mentioned? They are expensive and I would prefer not to replace them if I don´t need to. My spanish skills are limited, but I get the impression that he does not want to look into the problem unless I buy the new parts. I have also already paid for a vale adjustment that he has not yet performed.
Anyone ever experience similar problems? I don´t really understand clutches very well and would appreciate some advise.
India Himal, 3mo,2x; Kazak/Krygyz/Tajik, 3 mo; Kashi-Lhasa, China 219! 6 wk; Nepal, 4 days/trekked 55; Santiago-Ushuia-Cusco, 7 mo; Peru, 3 mo; Chile-Medellin 3 mo; Medillin-Arica, 3 mo