How long do you soak new clutch before install

I have heard you can soak a new clutch for 3 hours before install and some said over night. What is the rule on this. I need to install a new clutch for this weekend. Thanks

I have heard you can soak a new clutch for 3 hours before install and some said over night. What is the rule on this. I need to install a new clutch for this weekend. Thanks

i did it about 14 hours i think

I just coat all of the plates well with oil, then install.

I ususally soak mine for at least 24 hours. Overnight is probably plenty. I tend to overdo things. :thumbsup:

I submerge my clutch plates for about an hour...

I've soaked them overnight, and put them in right out of the package with only a light coat of oil, and can't tell the difference.

See it hear both ways, but if you soak for a short time does it make the plates wear faster? Thanks

I soak mine overnight.

Overnight is what the manufacturers say.

Contrary to popular belief, the fiber plates do not soak up oil. If they did, your clutch adjustment would go all over the place while riding.

All you need to do is dip the plates in oil directly before installing them.

Contrary to popular belief, the fiber plates do not soak up oil. If they did, your clutch adjustment would go all over the place while riding.

All you need to do is dip the plates in oil directly before installing them.

I agree, Take special note on the steel plates, there is a slight taper on one side, this faces out. Go get em my friend !!

Thanks everybody. I soaked them overnight to be safe. Turbo I might have messed up the metal's. To late I am pulling out now for VMP :thumbsup: took the day off to leave before traffic.

Just a thought. When you install a clutch and start the bike the clutch is immediately covered in oil. from then on it is always soaking in oil. I have installed clutches before that are a little oily right from the factory. How long has that been soaking?


Bottom line I make sure the frictions and steels have oil on them before I install but I have never soaked one and have never had a problem.


Just my opinion.

slap some oil on them, stick them in.. ride/race. it won't hurt a thing to do the "24 hour" thing.. but it's not needed at all. Many racers have had to replace clutches between motos. They will be just fine as long as the initial time they slip on the metals they are not dry.. which would be almost impossible to do since you pull the clutch in just before you put the bike in gear, and this is lifting the pressure plate that relaxes the clutch stack allowing oil to fly around in between since 1/2 the clutch assembly is rotating all the time.  So even if you put em in DRY , the clutch would still last a good long time.

Im with the majority. I dip my new plates and slap them in. I have found no difference in soaking. The only step i take is to change my oil after first ride with new plates in case of some particle falloff from new disks. Soaking plates is a myth IMO.

Unless you go to the starting line with a dry-installed clutch pack, it won't matter.


Dip and go.

dip, smear, submerge or soak and install...simply oil them with the same oil you use in your transmission and you are ready. It's that simple.

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