PARTS AND ADVICE FOR YOUR 'OLDEN GOLDIE'
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This should be read when either renewing the OEM clutch plates or doing the Plate 'B' conversion
The alloy pressure release plate, on all models but especially on the GL1000 (the 1100 and 1200 were modified and are slightly more robust, but not a lot!), is perfectly ok in use but rather fragile and prone to cracking if not handled with care when re-installing after doing any kind of clutch job.
This release plate had been broken and been welded back together ! !
This advice applies even more so if you are fitting heavy duty clutch springs.
Fit the plate with all six bolts tightened finger tight, then tighten each bolt a little at a time diagonally, like on a clock #1, #4,#8,#2, #6, #10 until all are seated down.
But if you are using heavy duty clutch springs take it even easier, half a turn at the most each time!
There isn't a Honda recommended final torque figure for these 6mm bolts; my recommendation is around 8 lbs/ft or100kg/cm
In addition to the chance of cracking the release plate, I have recently come across a case of the pressure plate being cracked too!
This was caused, I think, by fully tightening down one bolt before attempting to tighten the others, thus putting huge strain on both the plates.
But obviously the pressure plate crack had not been detected, as I only found it when I dismantled the clutch.
Clutch Pressure Release Plate