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Beetle Tag27

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    99 WR250 - Starts and idles well, but bogs in gear

    Update: Still waiting for the clutch cable to arrive. I tried 10w-40 oil, but still no luck. The clutch was sticking. I drained the oil and laid the bike down. I removed the clutch cover to see how the pressure plate moves when the clutch is pressed. I noticed that only one side is moving up, about 1 cm and the other side stays down, it kind of tilts. I took out the entire clutch assembly and found that there were notches on the outer clutch basket, but not that bad. I sanded it down to make it smooth and put back the clutch assembly. Before: After: But, still no luck, the clutch sticks and there is drag. I noticed that there were notches on the inner basket too, but it was harder to sand/file it, so I left it as is... I tried different adjustments at the clutch nut, turning it clockwise and anti-clockwise. No change. Clutch cable is my last option or I might have to get a new clutch assembly :(
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    99 WR250 - Starts and idles well, but bogs in gear

    I replaced the friction plates and steel plates. When removing the old plates, I discovered that there were 9 friction plates and 8 steel plates. The clutch basket was in good shapel no notches. I replaced them with new 8 friction plates and 7 steel plates. But, the drag is still there. Also, the bike moves when I put it gear. This post describes exactly what's happening to me -- https://thumpertalk.com/forums/topic/570232-wr360-clutch-drag/ I think it has something to do with the cable. I ordered a new clutch cable and will see how it goes. While waiting for it I will see if switching from 80w to 10w-40 makes any difference.
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    99 WR250 - Starts and idles well, but bogs in gear

    Here is how it looks. When I press the clutch, is this enough movement of the clutch plates? The friction plates seemed a bit worn out. https://youtu.be/NpZSDJMzQEk
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    99 WR250 - Starts and idles well, but bogs in gear

    There is zero free play, the clutch is pretty tight. The clutch just does not go all the way into the groove.
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    99 WR250 - Starts and idles well, but bogs in gear

    I did notice that the clutch lever when released does not go all the way back into the groove. There is a gap, as you can see in the picture.
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    99 WR250 - Starts and idles well, but bogs in gear

    No, I didn't check the reeds. The bike does not stall when on stand (rear wheel spins free), so I'm suspecting issue with clutch. I'm gonna look at the clutch first and go from there...
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    99 WR250 - Starts and idles well, but bogs in gear

    I'll open up the clutch assembly later this week and see what's going on. Last time I checked the clutch basket was looking fine.
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    99 WR250 - Starts and idles well, but bogs in gear

    Here is the noise that I mentioned when I tried to adjust the clutch at the lever.
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    99 WR250 - Starts and idles well, but bogs in gear

    There was no free play, when I tried to adjust and introduce free play. The bike is creeping with clutch pressed or wheel spins faster on the stand.
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    99 WR250 - Starts and idles well, but bogs in gear

    The other the I removed the clutch cover to inspect the plates. They look okay, could not measure the thickness as I did not have calipers. Is this considered spinning fast? 3.5 turns same as 2.5
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    99 WR250 - Starts and idles well, but bogs in gear

    Okay tried this -- 1 turn, bike doesn't even stay in idle. 2 1/2 turns stays idle but when put in gear. I put the bike on stand (with back wheel moving freely), guess what, the bike does not bog when put in gear. But, the rear wheel started spinning even when the clutch was not released. I tried adjusting the clutch, but nothing changed -- if I make it too loose I hear a clanking noise in the gear box. If I make it tight, there is no play (rear wheel is spinning in both cases). Either way is it normal for the rear wheel to spin when the clutch is not released? I think I'm missing some adjustment in the clutch or the plates are worn.
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    99 WR250 - Starts and idles well, but bogs in gear

    I checked the fuel line and it seems be okay. The fuel is flowing normally. Could it be the weight of the gear oil I'm using for the clutch that's making it bog as soon as I put in gear?
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    99 WR250 - Starts and idles well, but bogs in gear

    Yes, it looks neon green --> https://www.cyclegear.com/accessories/red-line-80w-motorcycle-gear-oil-with-shockproof
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    99 WR250 - Starts and idles well, but bogs in gear

    Sorry, I should've mentioned that the cold start was with choke. I will try with couple of lower sized pilot jets. BTW, should I worry about the sound?
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    99 WR250 - Starts and idles well, but bogs in gear

    I got the bike in August and it's been like that since. Replaced the coolant, spark plug and gear oil. Also, repacked the exhaust. The spark plug looks ok, brownish color and the bike starts in one kick, even when it is cold. Do you want me to run the bike on stand? How do I make sure the fuel is flowing? I do see that the float pan is full every time I remove the carb. I did read somewhere about using lighter gear oil -- any thoughts?
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