Hinson clutch components include serviceable dampers

Publish Date: 
Sep 29, 2013
By Bruce Steever

UPLAND, Calif. - Sometimes it’s the little things that can be the most trouble. For example, try to reorder parts out of a component that is only sold as an assembly from the factory. It might even be a simple service item, but you’re still stuck reordering all-new parts.

Hinson identified just such an issue on the clutch baskets on most Japanese motocrossers.

The clutch baskets contains small rubber dampers that absorb shocks between the primary gear and the basket itself, which help protect driveline parts and improve traction. The problem is that these parts harden and wear out, and the solution is doubly difficult: first, the dampers are mounted on rivets that need to be drilled out, likely destroying the clutch, and the dampers themselves aren’t available separately.

Hinson seems to have both problems covered: The company sells the dampers separately, and its Billetproof and Moementum Clutch Baskets feature serviceable dampers. Heat the basket to weaken the Loctite, then remove the screws holding them in place.