DR650 Clutch basket wobble

I just spent the last hour reading posts on clutch basket wobbling and it seems my problem is not the same as the others Ive found here .

I recently dug into my clutch for the first time to address a grabby clutch. I went in prepaired to replace the fibers and steels as well as inspect the basket for wear. My oem steels did look a little worn but the basket definitely was the cause of the grabbies.. Anyhow I left the basket on the bike and just gently filed the basket fingers smooth being careful not to take too much off. As I finished filing each couple of teeth I'd grab a hold of the basket with both hands and rotate it to work on the next few teeth. When finished I installed the new fiber and steels as well as the outer slip plate, 4- springs and bolts. finally I fitted the clutch cover, ( used RTV instead of oem paper gasket).

After finally refilling with oil and adjusting the clutch lever I was not able to get enough adjustment out of the clutch lever to actually disengage the clutch while in gear so I just put it in neutral and fired up the engine when I heard a horrendous scraping sound coming from the clutch so I immediately shut it down and tore back into it. once exposed, By bumping the engine and watching the basket I can see that it wobbles as it rotates and the noise I heard was the basket hitting a high spot on the inside of the side cover. luckily it hadnt had a chance to really eat into the cover but I can definately see where its been hitting. My question is : could I have damaged the basket in some way just by rotating it? the fingers are fine and the basket looks undamaged and feels firmly bolted to.... whatever is behind it.... Any suggestions on what I should be looking for once I remove the basket?

Thanks for any help,


Nothing you did would cause your clutch basket to wobble..... that being said clutch baskets can have some wobble to them without major incident. I think your post above explains the issue you are now faced with. Eliminating the case gasket probably removed whatever small clearance you previously had.

Thanks Rob, That makes sense so I'll get a paper gasket on there and see what I'm seeking with from there.......

Okay I got the paper gasket and gave it some more thought. I've determined that the thickness of a paper gasket isnt enough to make me feel comfortable so I decided to pull the basket and take a look. This is what I found.

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You'll notice this cog and the basket just are not true and parallel .

Any advice on how to correct this? The basket and cog seem to be held together with three rivets which look to be intact and holding firmly.


Wow! You weren't kidding around were you? That is not good at all. That looks like the basket casting is out of whack that far. Really hard to believe it got bent outward somehow... they are pretty brittle. I'd be looking for a new clutch basket....

indimensionn, where in Nevada are you? I'm in Reno and could meet up with you and could accurately measure that for you if need be.

Hi, thanks for the offer but I'm in Vegas . IT'd be quite the drive.

@Rob; if this thing is junk then I may as well get out my drill and do an autopsy. at a closer inspection it seems the pressed in portion is a bit crooked.

Maybe before I destroy it I need to bake this thing in the oven ay 450f and tap the high spot with a mallot. In the mean time anyone know where I can pick one up used?

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PM me about the clutch parts. I have everything you will need. I did an entirely new clutch assembly in my bike and have the engine torn down and selling off the parts. Everything in the clutch is in mint condition.

Send me a pm with your number and I will give you a call.


Thanks Bob! I knew it had to be easier .




For some reason I can't send you a pm or receive one from you.

email me at

mimic702 @ g mail. com

No spaces.

I spent somewhere in the neighborhood of $600 on an entirely new clutch that is going to waste. I do not have the big socket to take the basket off though. I left that in NY before I rode across country.

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