03 450 Clutch Actuator Question

I recently purchased the GYT clutch kit for my 03 450, I have installed the new plates but have not installed the longer actuator that comes with the kit. What is the easiest way to intall this?? Can I just pull it out from the oil seal and replace the seal or do I have to remove the entire clutch to get to it??

Thanks for the help. :naughty:

You don't have to remove the entire clutch, but you do have to remove the pressure plate and draw the inner clutch push rod out far enough to let the actuator arm come up and out. With the plate removed, you may be able to rotate the actuator counter clockwise far enough to move the rod out of the way.

You'll love the clutch. It's a Hinson. :naughty:

You will need to remove the clutch pressure plate as the actuator arm has a notch in the end where the push rod contacts. It real easy to do. You can do this without draining the oil by leaning the bike over to the left and remove the small clutch side cover, then remove the 5 clutch spring bolts and springs, remove the pressure plate and pull the center push rod out a little bit, .5" is enough, now remove the actuator arm and insert the new arm, then reassemble everything. It should take about 15 minutes.

Ron let us know if it indeed lessens clutch pull.....I have heard both opinions on this.


Two Fingers :naughty:


Will be testing this at the track tomorrow but first impression is that it is much easier. I also re-bled my Hydraulic clutch so that did help a little. It is very smooth now :naughty:


Will be testing this at the track tomorrow but first impression is that it is much easier. I also re-bled my Hydraulic clutch so that did help a little. It is very smooth now :naughty:

Heck Ron, that hydraulic clutch makes clutch pull a lot easier in the first place - I used to have a Hebo on a 02 WR426 sweet!

I am going to have to do some clutch work here in the next several months - thinking about that GYTR kit with the plates and a full Hinson set up like GreyRacer has - he seems to like it :naughty:

GreyRacer did you do the clutch arm mod or leave yours stock?




Yeah, the Magura does smooth it out a little, but the longer arm does feel easier.

When I took my clutch apart I thought for sure that I would really need to replace the basket/pressure plate....but it was like new so I just did the plates. I am torn to because I have a 2003 and my original plan was to get a new bike every 3rd season. With the potential of the 2006 YZ having an Alluminum frame I thought that I would wait 1 more year.

Keeping the bike 1 more year means putting some $$$$$ into it. :naughty:

Aside from the clutch the only other thing I needed to fix was the water pump leak amd I went with the Boyeseen kit....very nice!

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