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TEC1


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posted May 25, 2010 07:59 AM        
CLUNKS GOING IN FIRST GEAR

THANKS FOR ALL THE GREAT REPLYS- HOT OR COLD- GOING INTO FIRST FROM NEUTRAL SEEMS TO CLUNK TOO MUCH, HAVE TRYED BROCKS OIL AND MOTUL 10 40 ALSO LOWERED THE IDLE TO 1000 , CLUTCH INSPECTION LOOKS LIKE NEW ,CHAIN ADJ 1.3 INCH,HAVE CHANGED CLUTCH FLUID BLED SYSTEM WITH 5 K MILES AND i CAN NOT REMEMBER IF IT WAS ALWAYS LIKE THAT OR NOT ,IS THAT A >NORMAL< CLUNK ON MY STREET BIKE ?

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kawasakijockey


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posted May 25, 2010 08:11 AM        Edited By: kawasakijockey on 25 May 2010 22:12
The clutch fibers are not quite letting go of the steels when you hold the lever in to shift into 1st so the input shaft is spinning at a reduced speed somewhat. That is more than likely the clunk you are hearing. Set your clutch lever adjuster to where it holds the plates apart the best. I cant remember if its 1 or 5. Clutches with high stack heights seem to be the clunkiest on my bike. I had been starting it in 1st gear just to avoid that.
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oilfieldtrash


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posted May 25, 2010 08:40 AM        
Welcome to 06 when the first zx14 came off the assembly line.
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juanvaldex


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posted May 25, 2010 08:46 AM        
normal on all of the 14s crank it in gear. mine clunks every time.
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LeonidasZX14


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posted May 25, 2010 09:07 AM        
MY 2009 CLUNKS EVERY SINGLE TIME WHEN I SHIFT INTO FIRST GEAR. IT IS NORMAL ON ALL FOURTEENS.
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gilberjj


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posted May 25, 2010 09:28 AM        
The clunk just lets you know that nothing is wrong.
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LAB3


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posted May 25, 2010 09:53 AM        
All most every jap made bike I have ever owned did this. H-D riders back in the day

called us 'Rice Grinders" lol :-)

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Superman T


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posted May 25, 2010 10:13 AM        
It's normal, learn to live with it. Scooters don't clunk but then again, it's a scooter...
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INTIMIDA2OR


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posted May 25, 2010 10:27 AM        
quote:
The clunk just lets you know that nothing is wrong.

+1 Totally normal and hurts nothing but your ears.
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Red1


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posted May 25, 2010 12:50 PM        
AMSOIL!
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blackbullet76


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posted May 25, 2010 04:35 PM        
My 14 and my old ZX-6R did it
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KawaBonzai


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posted May 25, 2010 04:40 PM        
Confirmed here, my 08 clunked, and my 09 does the same thing.
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CraigChrist


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posted May 25, 2010 05:36 PM        
Mine clunks, rattles on start up, shifts notchy, and gets bad gas mileage... but man does it make me happy in the pants lol
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BobC


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posted May 25, 2010 06:20 PM        Edited By: BobC on 26 May 2010 08:21
I suppose most folk on here are too young to remember the normal ritual of freeing the clutch on a bike before kick-starting it.

The method was select first, pull the clutch in and with the ignition off and kick it over a couple of times until the clutch un-sticks. Then select neutral and kick it into life. If you didn't do this it would stall when you selected first.
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INTIMIDA2OR


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posted May 25, 2010 06:57 PM        
quote:
I suppose most folk on here are too young to remember the normal ritual of freeing the clutch on a bike before kick-starting it.

The method was select first, pull the clutch in and with the ignition off and kick it over a couple of times until the clutch un-sticks. Then select neutral and kick it into life. If you didn't do this it would stall when you selected first.

That's how the old barnett clutches were when they had cork friction plates. I had 'em in my old cb900f engine . Had to have a big zip tie for the clutch lever to keep in engaged otherwise the next day the clutch would be stuck like glue. Worked perfect when hot, but damn it to hell when it was cold lol!
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TEC1


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posted May 26, 2010 02:03 AM        
thanks so much for the great replys . seem like it is not easy to make this bike any more perfect ,kawasaki and all the forum members are great.I should have posted this before I started on this and could have saved myself some time and money.
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bad ass 14


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posted May 26, 2010 02:18 AM        
The clunk is normal don't worry about it. My 06 has bin doin it since day one. That Amsoil shit is junk, tried it to try and reduce the cct chatter and the clunk. Didn't notice a bit of difference.
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reypac24


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posted May 26, 2010 05:03 AM        
my 06 has done it from day one too, going into all other gears it's smooth as silk. the hd clunks going into all gears, worse in the summer regardless of the type of oil used. guess that's why most put loud pipes on them as to not hear it.

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zxrider11


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posted May 26, 2010 05:44 AM        
I avoid the clunk by letting it idle down on a cold start, and hold in the clutch lever for about 5-10 seconds before engaging first. No more clunk.
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Zedeks


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posted May 30, 2010 11:16 AM        Edited By: Zedeks on 31 May 2010 01:40
Hey guys Im new to forum posting usually just read em. When I saw Tec1's question I figured I'd throw in a question of my own. Just traded up to a 2010 zx14 and lovin it! I get the kawi clunk into 1rst but why is it clunking so hard when shifting into 2nd and 3rd when I use the clutch? If i speed shift it shifts smooth as silk ... and is speed shifting through 2nd and 3rd this way gonna do any damage? Hard shifts with the clutch and smooth without .. i dont get it Lol ... any ideas?



btw the reflectors are gone now Lol including the one on the back. cant afford pipes or bling till next season so just enjoyin it 'as is' for this year

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dcjens


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posted May 30, 2010 11:49 AM        
welcome zedex! nice one there! careful on those BTO14 tires! Bad, when your tired of the harmless startup rattle, read back a few pages for the fix. Mine is quiet as a moped now, hasnt done it since. $8 too
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smokinZX14


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posted May 30, 2010 11:51 AM        
quote:
Hey guys Im new to forum posting usually just read em. When I saw Tec1's question I figured I'd throw in a question of my own. Just traded up to a 2010 zx14 and lovin it! I get the kawi clunk into 1rst but why is it clunking so hard when shifting into 2nd and 3rd when I use the clutch? If i speed shift it shifts smooth as silk ... and is speed shifting through 2nd and 3rd this way gonna do any damage? Hard shifts with the clutch and smooth without .. i dont get it Lol ... any ideas?



btw the reflectors are gone now Lol including the one on the back. cant afford pipes or bling till next season so just enjoyin it 'as is' for this year
Don't worry about it ... Go riding and have fun .. The zx14 trans is stronger than dirt ..........
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LAB3


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posted May 30, 2010 11:56 AM        
Adjust the clutch lever so the clutch disengages near the full release position. Don't be slow and lazy shifting in lower gears. You and the trans will wear in together :-)
Good looking 14.

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bad ass 14


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posted May 30, 2010 10:24 PM        
Love the color scheme. Just ride it and have fun. These bikes can take a beating with no issues.
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epd345


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posted May 31, 2010 04:19 AM        
Mine was a clunker into 1st new and still does it now at over 8K.....
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