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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 24th, 2013, 8:40 am Thread Starter
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Time for a new clutch? - 2007 K12GT

I've got 58,000 miles and if I absolutely fucking hammer it in 4th gear the clutch will slip around 8k rpms. I can wind it up to redline with being WOT and it doesn't slip. I always ride swiftly, but I'm rarely WOT at 8k RPM. Point being it seems to me like I have some time to get this done, right? I'm thinking of having it taken care of at my 60k service. Does that seem ok?

It's also a completely assache to find neutral. Is that a clutch symptom?

I feel like people have mentioned replacing with K13 clutches. Is that right? Just tell my dealer to slap a K13 clutch in there?

58k isn't too bad for a clutch on these bikes - right? Someone just say yes
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 24th, 2013, 2:30 pm
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Clutch wear depends on riding style as well as overall mileage, so it's easily possible to see some clutch slip at 58K.

Basically, you have four options.

1) Put the K12GT clutch pack in it for $710 + labor and additional parts.

2) Put the K13GT clutch pack in it for $737 + labor and additional parts.

3) Put Barnett clutch plates in it for $150 + labor and additional parts.

4) Continue riding it until failure, then do one of the above.

There's more info on the Barnett plates in this thread.

Note that the BMW clutch packs include the inner hub, whereas the Barnett kit is just the clutch plates. The outer clutch housing is a separate $975 part, with slight difference between the K12 and K13 versions.

If you're lucky (and not hearing any squawking noise or feeling any judder or shake), then the plates alone will do it. If not, you may need the BMW kit with the inner hub, and possibly the outer housing as well.

No way to know for sure until you tear it down and look.

I'd say talk to your dealer or local mechanic about it, have them tear it down, then decide if you can go with Barnett or if you need the whole clutch package and housing.

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Thanks Ken. No squawking and no juddering. Think I am ok to ride gently for another 2k and have it all taken care of at the 60k service?
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Should be alright, just keep an eye on it.

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'09 Magnesium Beige Metallic K13GT, 60K miles miles and counting...
'02 Mauve Metallic K12LTC, 106K miles and sold
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All lower 48 states plus Alaska on the K13GT in two weeks . . .

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