How to Adjust the Clutch on a Suzuki Intruder

Written by alexis rohlin | 13/05/2017
How to Adjust the Clutch on a Suzuki Intruder
Motorcycle clutch handles are located on the handle bars. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Motorcycle clutch levers are used to change the gears of an engine. The clutch lever is located on the left handlebar of the bike. For some people, the distance from the clutch to the handlebar is too great for the size of their hands and the lever needs to be adjusted for ease of use. A clutch will also need to be adjusted if the clutch cable collapses during use, or if the clutch spring binds and won't uncoil. An improperly adjusted clutch will cause the clutch to slip and make it hard to shift gears.

Pull back the rubber cover of the clutch lever to reveal the locknut and adjusting screw. Loosen the locknut with a wrench. Tighten the adjuster screw until it won't turn any more.

Remove the left frame cover of the body of the bike and set it aside in a safe place. Remove the bolts holding the secondary gear case cover and the clutch release cover with a socket wrench. Remove the secondary gear case and clutch release cover and set them aside.

Find the locknut and screw located at the lower end of the clutch assembly cable. Loosen the locknut. Loosen the screw by three rotations. Slowly finger tighten the adjusting screw until you start to feel resistance. Loosen the screw a quarter-rotation. Tighten the locknut to hold it in place.

Locate the lower cable adjuster above the clutch release cover. Loosen the two locknuts of the adjuster with the socket wrench. Turn the cable adjuster screw and check the clutch lever as you turn. Tighten the adjuster screw until the clutch lever will wiggle loosely or "play" about 1/8-inch. Tighten the locknuts.

Tighten the locknut of the clutch lever. Replace the clutch release, secondary gear case and left frame cover. Pull the rubber cover back over the clutch lever.

Things you need

  • Screw driver
  • Socket wrench

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