Serious issues with a Rekluse install

Discussion in 'Dakar champion (950/990)' started by Davidnft, Nov 11, 2019.

  1. Davidnft

    Davidnft Adventurer

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    I called Rekluse and the system works in the 950, 990 and 990R.
    They think the necessary parts were not replaced. I am going to have my shop order all new everything and start from scratch.
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  2. Davidnft

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    What didn’t you like about the EXP but do like about the Z start?
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  3. KTM Mike

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    I have a EXP on my 07 990, and have had on various woods bikes (250 and 300 KTMs). Some lessons learned:

    • Critical to assure your clutch springs are absolutely in spec. I would say only start out with new springs. Not doing so cost me a burnt up Rekluse
    • Make sure inner hub and outer basket are show no signs of wear or notching.
    • Carefully verify the full stack height. Their instructions define something use a .48mm steel plate if stack is X, and a .60 if less than X (dont recall what X is) What they do not define is a MINIMUM full stack height. i had one stack which was "thin" but as no defined minimum, I proceeded with the .60. Sure enough, it did not last long.
    • Bump up your idle speed via Tune ECU to to fine tune how it engages. Thats certainly optional, but can help minimize freewheeling when you dont want it to.
    • ABSOLUTELY assure you have proper oil consistent with Rekluse specs. MA/MA2 service rating required. In the past, they used to recommend Rottella T4 (i think it has a different name now...i used it for years on my little bikes with Rekluse). Evidently, Shell changed the formula along the way, still gives it a MA/MA2 rating, but Rekluse told me they started having issues with those using it. T6 they said was good. I unfortunately continued to use T4 unknowingly after the formula change. Guess what...toasted clutch. I no longer go with any Rotella, and am now using Amsoil full synthetic with good luck so far.
    • If you are a low RPM engine lugger, a rekluse will wear quickly. I had lengthy discussion with a Rekluse tech through my various issues about this. I ride two up a good deal, off pavement semi technical stuff. To keep dear wifey happy, I do lug. Plates wear. Monitor them closely.

    Once you get it sorted, you will absolutely love a Rekluse. I certainly do on my 990 and my 300 (and other bikes in the past). An amazing tool, that seriously can help your riding.
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  4. NitroAcres

    NitroAcres MotoBiggots Suck Supporter

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    Adjust-ability and Smoothness of engagement..overall operational design the Z-StartPro was/is way better...IMO
    Sadly the profit margins weren't there for Rekluse and it was discontinued.
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  5. Boatman

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    Just 2 cents worth of opinion..... if I were in this situation I would do the trip with the OEM clutch. Sounds like you will not have sufficient time to vet the Rekluse before the trip and failure would ruin the whole trip.

    :dunno
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